Randy Edsall completes UConn coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday January 22, 2017


Randy Edsall has completed his full-time coaching staff at UConn.

With the addition of Dennis Dottin-Carter, Edsall has his nine full-time assistants and head strength coach.

The potential addition of a 10th assistant coach in a few months could change things, but for now, here is the 2017 UConn staff:

Edsall began by hiring several coaches with ties to his previous tenures.

Running backs coach Terry Richardson spent 12 years at UConn with Edsall and also worked with him at Maryland in 2015. Linebackers coach Jon Wholley played at UConn under Edsall and previously coached at the school from 2011-13 after Edsall had left. Wholley spent the last three years at Fordham.

Wide receivers coach Aaron Smith played at UConn under Edsall and spent the last four years at Albany. Defensive backs coach Curome Cox was a graduate assistant at Maryland from 2010-12, working under Edsall. He spent the past four years at Coastal Carolina.

Tight ends coach Corey Edsall is Randy’s son. The younger Edsall spent two years as a GA at Colorado and worked as a student assistant under his dad at Maryland.

To run the offense, Edsall made a big move in hiring Rhett Lashlee from Auburn. Lashlee took over play-calling at Auburn for much of 2016 and has a long history with Gus Malzahn. It will be interesting to see if Lashlee runs the same offense, because it will be a stark change from what UConn ran the last time Edsall was head coach. Lashlee also inherits the worst scoring offense in the country, at 14.8 points per game in 2016.

Lashlee will have a familiar face in offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, who spent one year at Cincinnati after working at Auburn from 2013-15. Grimes is entering his 35th year of coaching.

To run the defense, Edsall hired Billy Crocker from Villanova. Crocker spent 12 years at Villanova, including five as defensive coordinator. The Wildcats led FCS in scoring defense in 2016 at 15 points per game.

The last hire came Sunday in defensive line coach Dennis Dottin-Carter, who spent the four years at Delaware and previously coached at Maine from 2008-12. In addition, head strength coach Eric Klein comes to UConn after working under Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys at Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois.

Edsall takes back control of a UConn program that hasn’t posted a winning record since his final season of 2010. The Huskies were 3-9 last year and had the worst scoring offense in the country.

The 2017 UConn schedule includes an opener at home against Holy Cross and a trip to Virginia in Week 3.

A 10th assistant could change things, but for now, 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.