Every Sun Belt coaching staff change this offseason

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 07, 2017


With fall camp and the season just a few months away, here’s a recap of the nearly 30 coaching changes in Conference USA this offseason:

APPALACHIAN STATE - NO CHANGES

ARKANSAS STATE - 1 CHANGE

OUT:
TE coach Dan Dodd (Lamar OC)

IN:
IWR coach Kyle Cefalo (Maryland GA)

COASTAL CAROLINA - 3 CHANGES*
(moved to FBS and 9 assistants)

OUT:
OC Dave Patenaude (Temple OC)
WR coach Renato Diaz (not retained)
CB Cuome Cox (UConn DB coach)

IN:
OC Jamey Chadwell (Charleston Southern OC)
WR coach Willy Korn (Charleston Southern WR coach)

GEORGIA SOUTHERN - 3 CHANGES

OUT:
Co-OC Rance Gillespie (not retained)
Co-OC David Dean (not retained)
OL coach Allen Mogridge (took FIU OL coach job)

IN:
OC Bryan Cook (Georgia Tech QB coach)
WR coach Juston Wood (Cal Poly OC)
OL coach Bob Bodine (Army OL coach)

GEORGIA STATE - 10 CHANGES

OUT: (not retained)
HC Trent Miles
OC Luke Huard
DC Jesse Minter
WR coach Tim Lappano
OL coach Harold Etheridge
DL coach Rick Minter
LB coach P.J. Volker
OLB coach Larry Knight
DB coach Eric Lewis
Assistant Jeff Jagodzinski

IN:
HC Shawn Elliott (South Carolina OL coach)
OC Travis Trickett (former FAU OC)
DC Nate Fuqua (Wofford DC)
RB coach Josh Stepp (Lexington HS HC)
WR coach Trent McKnight (former Samford WR coach)
OL coach Cedric Williams (South Carolina strength coach)
DL coach Skylor Magee (Furman DL coach)
LB coach Rusty Wright (Chattanooga LB coach)
DB coach Sam Shade (Samford DB coach)
DB coach Chris Collins (Western Carolina LB coach)

IDAHO - 2 CHANGES

OUT:
TE coach Al Pupunu (Weber State TE coach)
DL coach Kenny Holmes (FIU DL coach)

IN:
DL coach Luther Elliss (Denver Broncos chaplain)
LB coach Bobby Daly (promoted from DFO)

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE - 1 CHANGE

OUT:
DC Melvin Smith (dismissed)

IN:
OC Will Hall (West Georgia HC)

LOUISIANA-MONROE - 1 CHANGE

OUT:
OL coach Rob Sale (Arizona State OL coach)

IN:
OL coach Eman Naghavi (McNeese State OL coach)

NEW MEXICO STATE - 3 CHANGES

OUT:
WR coach Kevin McKeethan (Charleston Southern WR coach)
DE coach Zane Vance (Charleston Southern DC)
DT Kerry Locklin (Toronto Argonauts DL coach)

IN:
TE coach Chase Holbrook (Washington State QC)
DE coach Kai Brown (promoted from GA)
DL coach John Mumford (former ULM DL coach)

SOUTH ALABAMA - 1 CHANGE

OUT:
S coach Mike Adams (not retained)

IN:
S coach Colin Hitschler (promoted from DFO)

TEXAS STATE - 4 CHANGES

OUT:
OC Brett Elliott (Mississippi State QB coach)
DL coach Antoine Smith (Boston College director of football initiatives)
OLB coach Tyler Santucci (Notre Dame analyst)
S coach Troy Douglas (not retained)

IN:
OC Zak Kuhr (Rutgers WR coach)
OL coach Eric Mateos (former LSU TE coach)
OLB coach Jordan Peterson (former Fresno State OLB coach)
S coach Preston Mason (promoted from GA)

TROY - NO CHANGES

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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.