Chart: Jay Norvell completes Nevada coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 29, 2016


Jay Norvell has completed his full-time staff at Nevada.

With the addition of defensive line coach Jason Kaufusi, Norvell has his nine full-time assistant coaches and head strength coach. His assistant salary pool is reportedly around $1.2 million, which is on the lower side in the Mountain West. Here is the 2017 Nevada staff:

The first thing that sticks out is that seven of the nine assistants come from head coaching jobs or coordinator jobs at some level.

Norvell is planning to use an Air Raid offense and hired Matt Mumme, the son of Hal Mumme. Matt spent three-plus years as the head coach at LaGrange College, posting a 12-20 record. Mason Miller worked under Hal Mumme and used an Air Raid offense at Tarleton State as well.

Timmy Chang is best-known for being a record-setting quarterback at Hawaii. He spent one year at Emory & Henry and was previously the offensive coordinator Jackson State from 2014-15.

Norvell also pulled from the high school ranks. Eric Scott has deep ties to LA, as a high school player, UCLA player, UCLA coach and high school coach. David White built up the Bishop Gorman program in Las Vegas and has helped run the Army All-American Bowl since 2010.

Norvell spent seven years at Oklahoma and hired some coaches as a result of those ties. White worked at OU as a graduate assistant. Chip Viney has spent the last two years as a special teams quality control assistant at OU. New head strength coach Jordon Simmons was an OU assistant strength coach from 2010-13 and has since run his own fitness center.

To run the defense, Novell hired Jeff Casteel, who spent 2012-15 as Arizona’s defensive coordinator. He was previously West Virginia’s defensive coordinator for a decade.

The rest of the defensive staff includes two more coordinators. Jason Kaufusi spent the past five years at Weber State and will coach the defensive line, and Mark Kirk comes from Long Beach City College.

It’s Norvell’s first head coaching job, but he’s hired a staff with a lot of experience. He takes over a program coming off a 5-7 season, but one that had reached two bowl games the previous two years. Nevada’s 2017 season opens with games at Northwestern and at home against Toledo and Idaho State.

Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.