Guilford Adds Defense Assitants to Football Coaching Staff

GREENSBORO, NC  -- Guilford College Director of Athletics Marion Kirby announced the appointment of B.J. Lanier and Erik Westberg to the school's football coaching staff Friday. Lanier will serve as the Quakers' inside linebacker coach and Westberg will coach the defensive backs on first-year coach Kevin Kiesel's staff.

A 2005 Shenandoah graduate and two-year football letter winner at Randolph-Macon, Lanier returns to the coaching ranks after a previous stint coaching wide receivers at Herndon High School, his alma mater. Lanier was the Herndon football captain in 1995 and also played basketball as a prepster. The Statesboro, GA, native was a tight end and wide receiver at Randolph-Macon. He played on the Yellow Jackets' 1997 club that went 8-2 and shared the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title with Guilford and Emory & Henry.

Westberg comes to Guilford from North Brunswick High School, where he coached the defensive backs and wide receivers under coach Gary Bishop. In 2004, North Brunswick won the Coastal Plains Conference with a 10-2 record and led the league in passing offense. Westberg also served as an assistant baseball coach and junior varsity basketball coach. His 2004-05 basketball team posted a 16-2 record and captured the conference championship.

Prior to North Brunswick, Westberg spent two seasons as an assistant football coach at Pulaski High School in Virginia under coach Joel Hicks. He coached tight ends and defensive backs for the freshman team. While at Pulaski, Westberg also served as the coach for the junior varsity basketball and baseball teams.

Westberg was a three-sport athlete at Port Jefferson High School in New York. Westberg completed his senior year at Port Jefferson with over 1, 000 yards passing and 19 touchdowns in only eight games.

Kiesel and his staff return 36 letter winners from last year's 1-9 Guilford club that finished sixth in the ODAC with a 1-5 mark. The Quakers open preseason camp August 11 in preparation for their September 3 season opener at Ferrum.