Dorsett, who left Robert Morris as the school’s all-time leading rusher, coached at his alma mater for five seasons before spending last year as a member of Chris Villarrial’s staff at Saint Francis University.
The Hollywood, Florida native replaces long time Hawk assistant coach Chris Damian, who recently was named head coach of nearby Keansburg High School. He will serve as the running backs coach and have a major role in special teams for the Hawks.
In 2012, his only season with the Red Flash, Dorsett mentored a rushing unit that ranked 12th in the Football Championship Subdivision as four different Saint Francis backs amassed 2,590 yards on 505 attempts. He mentored a talented and deep backfield, including freshman Anthony Abeid who was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year. While with the Red Flash Dorsett recruited Florida and Eastern Pennsylvania, landing a number of recruits from each area.
It wasn’t easy getting Dorsett away from Loretto, where he was an integral part of Saint Francis’ best season in 20 years.
“One of the big reasons why I came to Monmouth was of course joining the Big South,” said “Of course with that comes a lot of challenges, a step up in competition. The second thing is being able to work with Coach Van Zile, I’ve known him for a couple years now, since probably 2009 on a personal level and I wanted to work. When it came open, he gave me a call and it was pretty much good from there. Another thing is being heavily involved with the special teams, that’s a step up in my career and something that I’ve been trying to work towards and take very seriously and I think it’s a good move for me.
During his five seasons coaching the running backs at Robert Morris, Dorsett coached and recruited NEC Offensive Player of the Year Myles Russ, who ended up breaking Dorsett’s all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage school records. In 2010 he was instrumental in Robert Morris’ first FCS playoff berth and was one of 25 minority coaches from across the country to take part in the annual NCAA Football Coaches Academy. While a member of legendary Coach Joe Walton’s staff, Dorsett recruited Florida, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia for the Colonials.
Dorsett was enshrined in the Robert Morris Hall of Fame in 2009 after a celebrated career which had him amass 3,847 rushing yards. The three-time All-Northeast Conference selection still holds the Colonial record for rushing touchdowns (29), and 100-yard rushing games (19). Robert Morris posted a 17-2 record when Dorsett ran for 100 yards or more in a contest and he led the Colonials to back to back NEC Titles and Mid-Major National Championships in 1999 and 2000. In 2001 he earned All-America honors from The Sports Network.
A 2003 graduate of RMU with a Bachelor of Science degree in management, Dorsett earned a Master of Science degree in communications and information systems in 2009 after spending two seasons a graduate assistant with the Colonials.