Defensive Coaching Staff


Craig Turner - Assistant Coach / Special Teams

Craig Turner enters his 19th year with the Dayton Flyers. He currently serves as special teams coordinator.

Turner has been teaching and coaching since 1973. He was an assistant coach at Trotwood Madison, Alter and Northmont schools in the Dayton area. He was head coach at Brookville High School for seven years, where he led them to six league championships, six playoff berths and a 62-8 regular season record. He also served as head coach at Arcanum High School, going 29-13. As a high school coach, Turner received Coach of the Year honors on seven different occasions.

Turner graduated from Bluffton College in 1973. He received his master’s degree from Wright State University and his computer science certification from UD.

He and his wife, Sharon, both teach in the Brookville School District and have five children - Aaron, Stephanie, Bret, Casey and Brandon (who is deceased).

Landon Fox - Defensive Coordinator

Landon Fox enters his seventh year as the defensive coordinator for the Flyers, after spending the 2008 and 2009 seasons coaching the Flyer secondary. Fox returned to UD in 2008 after three seasons at Wayne State University in Detroit where he was linebacker coach and special teams coordinator under Paul Winters. Fox coaches the Flyer secondary as well.

Fox served as a graduate assistant coach for the Flyers in 2002 and 2003. Dayton was 20-3 in Fox’s two seasons working under then-head coach Mike Kelly and then-defensive coordinator Rick Chamberlin. The Flyers won their first of two NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national championships while going 11-1 in 2002, and then turned in a 9-2 campaign in 2003.

Fox spent the 2004 campaign as a graduate assistant coach assisting with the secondary at Ball State University on head coach Brady Hoke’s staff. Fox’s first college coaching experience was as a defensive line graduate assistant coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. A four-year member (1995-98) of the Defiance College football squad, Fox led the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) in fumble recoveries while earning second team all-league accolades in 1998. He was a team captain and Defiance’s defensive player of the year as a senior. After his football career was over, he also played one season of basketball.

A 2000 graduate of Defiance and a native of Defiance, Ohio, he began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio, during the 2000 campaign.

Landon and his wife Rhonda have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Logan.

David Marquis - Assistant Coach / Linebackers

Coach Marquis is in his second stint with the Flyers after four seasons with Randolph-Macon College and Wittenberg University, where he served as a linebackers coach and special team’s coordinator. A defensive end coach for Dayton in 2011 and 2012, Marquis will now work with linebackers.

Originally from Bridgeville, Pa., Marquis earned his bachelor's degree in education from Kent State in 2006, where he was a student member of the Kent State staff during his time as an undergraduate. He also earned a master’s degree in sport and recreation management at his alma mater in 2010 while serving as a graduate assistant football coach.

Adam Szilagyi  - Director of Football Operations