Former NFL Defensive Back DJ Gomes is in his first season as the secondary coach for the Penguins.
Gomes played for YSU Head Coach Bo Pelini at Nebraska from 2009-10. Following a standout career for the Huskers, he spent three seasons in the NFL with two different teams.
Previously, Gomes was the cornerbacks coach at Bowling Green in 2018 where YSU’s Carl Pelini was the defensive coordinator. Last year Falcons cornerbacks Clint Stephens and Monte Gregory combined to breakup 20 passes. Stephens was second on the team in interceptions.
In 2017, he served as a graduate assistant coach at Central Michigan.
Gomes embarked on his coaching career after spending three years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. Gomes was selected by Washington in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He finished his career with 55 tackles and an interception in 46 games played, all with Washington. His lone career interception came against Drew Brees.
As a Husker, Gomes received All-Big 12 honorable-mention in 2009 and 2010. Gomes — who came to Nebraska after attending City College of San Francisco — started 20 games during his two seasons at NU, recording 145 tackles, seven interceptions and five forced fumbles.