Eagles Football Camp Coaching Staff

Nat Clark

Head Coach

Nat Clark enters his second season at the helm of the Husson football team in 2020 and 14th overall season on the coaching staff. He also serves as the team’s offensive line coach in his 21st season of coaching football.

Clark enters the season with a 4-6 (.400) overall record. 

The fourth head coach in the Eagles’ 15-year history since the program was re established after a 58-year hiatus in 2002, Clark was appointed as the program’s leader on February 4th, 2019 as the successor to the legendary Gabby Price, who coached the Green and Gold for 12 seasons while accumulating an impressive 72-45 (.615) record with five conference titles and four national tournament appearances. 

Coach Clark has been a witness to much of the program’s success and helped build the program from a reboot, independent club to an established NCAA Division III, national power-level team during his 12 years as the assistant head football coach under Price. 

In yet another testament to the program’s winning ways, Husson has gone 51-23 (.689) since Clark returned to the Eagles’ sidelines in 2013, including a 41-7 (.902) mark versus conference opponents and a record of 27-7 (.794) at home, that includes reeling off 14 consecutive home-field victories from a 40-7 win over Castleton on October 3rd, 2015 to a 31-28 loss to Western New England on September 15th, 2018. 

Payton Hobbs

Defensive Coordinator

Paytton Hobbs joins the Husson football coaching staff in March 2020 for his first season as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach. Hobbs also serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for the football program.

Prior to coming to Husson, Hobbs was the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Dakota State University (S.D.) for the 2019 season. He guided a defense that accumulated 19 interceptions and finished the regular season with a tie for the second ranking nationally in interceptions. In addition, the Trojan defense ranked 38th nationally in total defense following the 2019 season, which was a large improvement from the 2018 season before Hobbs joined DSU, they were ranked 85th in the nation in total defense. Under Hobbs' tutelage, the DSU defense finished with an average of 21.8 points allowed per game and two fumble recoveries which allowed the defense to finish with 21 take-aways defensively. Hobbs also helped guide the DSU defense to a school record six interceptions in their homecoming game against Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2019.

Before working at DSU, Hobbs was an assistant coach for the Presentation College (S.D.) football team for three years, as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach. In addition, he served as the Co-Special Teams Coordinator for the Saints. He helped guide the Presentation College defense to a No. 4 national ranking in total defense in 2016. 

In 2014 and 2015, Hobbs was a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Ottawa University (Kan.) football team, where he obtained his master's degree in Business Administration. He graduated with his master's in 2016. Hobbs was the Linebackers Coach and assisted with Special Teams. He was an integral part of the 2014 Ottawa Braves football team that captured the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. In 2015, he helped the Braves to a No. 7 national ranking in total defense. Hobbs also worked with USA Football during the summer of 2015 as a Defensive Coordinator for the USA Football National Development Games in College Station, Texas. 

Adding to his coaching experience, Hobbs also served as the Assistant Linebackers Coach at Castleton University (Vt.) in 2013 and worked as the Football Operations and Recruiting Intern at Middlebury College (Vt.) in 2014. Hobbs was a three-year letterman for the Castleton Spartans. He was named to the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Academic in 2012. Hobbs graduated from Castleton University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Administration and Minor in Coaching in 2014.

Hobbs is a native of Middlebury, Vt., and currently resides in Bangor, Maine with his wife, Brittny, and son, Oakly.

EJ White

Offensive Coordinator

EJ White joined Husson as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in February of 2021 after serving as the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Monmouth College for the past three years (2018-20). 

In 2019, White helped guide the Fighting Scots to a 7-3 overall, which included earning the program's first Midwest Conference (MWC) Championship and NCAA DIII Championship Tournament Appearance since the 2017 season. Coach White saw one of his recievers, Jake Uryasz earn All-MWC Second Team honors after turning in 37 catches for 505 yards and four TDs – all team highs for receivers.

In 2018, Under White’s guidance in his inaugural season at Monmouth, senior quarterback Hayden Nelson bettered the Scots’ single-game passing touchdown mark held by former NFL quarterback Alex Tanney (’11) and his older brother Mitch Tanney (’05) when Nelson found pay dirt seven times in Appleton, Wis. The Scots spread the wealth as six different receivers caught at least 17 passes in 2018. All told, 15 Scots were on the receiving end in 2018.

Prior to joining the Fighting Scots, White served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Webber International University in 2017. During his only season in Babson Park, Fla., he helped the Warriors post a 5-4 overall mark, the fourth winning season in program history. Individually, White’s offense produced two All-Mid-South Conference Sun Division First Team selections (tight end Nick Marill and offensive lineman Javan Christian) and one All-MSC Sun Division Second Team selection (kicker Marcus Mannerstedt).

A four-year starter at the University of St. Francis (ILL.), White guided the Fighting Saints to four consecutive winning seasons, highlighted by a win over now FBS school, Georgia State in the Georgia Dome and USF’s first playoff victory over Morningside College. He holds every season and career passing record at St. Francis where he eclipsed the 10,000 passing yards mark and threw for 103 touchdowns. Also, holds the career rushing record, just over 2,900.

After graduating from USF in 2014 with a degree in accounting, White played professionally in Europe for three years while also serving as the offensive coordinator for his teams in Sweden and Germany. The Green Bay Packers fan can claim a European championship as his team in Poland won the International Tournament of Champions which featured 13 teams across nine countries.

A native of St. Cloud, Fla., White attended St. Cloud High School.

AJ McLaughlin

Defensive Line Coach

AJ McLaughlin enters his fourth season as the defensive line coach at Husson in 2020, while also holding the position of Special Teams Coordinator. In addition, McLaughlin serves as the Event Management Coordinator and the Director of Intramurals at Husson.

McLaughlin’s leadership was evident this past fall as the Eagles’ produced multiple All-ECFC defensive lineman for the sixth year in a row as sophomore defensive end Frank Curran earned a First Team nod while senior defensive tackle Tarik Smith and sophomore defensive end Derek Barden received Second Team recognition. Barden and Curran finished the season in a tie for the fifth most tackles on the team with 46, while Smith slotted right behind them with 41. They combined for 35 tackles for loss (-150 yards), 18 sacks (-107 yards), five forced fumbles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in 2018.

2017: McLaughlin served as the tight ends coach in 2017, coaching a group of tight ends that was an integral part of the offense that helped the Eagles post a school record 10-2 overall mark, a perfect 7-0 in ECFC play for the third time in the last four seasons, and capture back-to-back ECFC Championships for the first time in program history, clinched the first national tourney win in team history and to break into the national rankings for the first team in the HU football history.

The tight ends were led by All-ECFC First Team selection DJ Allen, who finished his senior campaign with the most catches (32) and yards (292) by a tight end in a single-season and was a highly effective blocker, helping to set the edge for All-American running back John Smith.

Overall, Allen left Husson as the school leader in every category among Eagle tight ends, including receptions (66), yards (595), games played (37) and ranked second in touchdowns (6).

Prior to joining the Eagle coaching staff, McLaughlin was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Husson football team as a tight end and a special teams player from 2013-16. He excelled on kick coverage, specializing on big hits on kick returners to help minimize kick return yardage. In 18 career games, he made three tackles, including two solo tackles, and one fumble recovery.

McLaughlin helped guide the Eagles to a 29-12 overall record with three ECFC Regular Season titles in 2014, 2015, and 2016, two ECFC Championships and berths to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in 2014 and 2016, while helping the 2016 team set the program record wins in a single-season with nine.

Off the field, McLaughlin was named to the ECFC All-Academic Squad in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society in 2016.

McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Husson in 2018.

A native of Dexter, Maine, McLaughlin attended Dexter Regional High School.

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