Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 27, 2015
Arizona Cardinals: Texas Revolution (Indoor Football League) assistant Jen Welter has joined the Cardinals as a training camp / preseason intern, working with inside linebackers. Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. In addition, former Florida A&M defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Levon Kirkland has joined the staff to work with outside linebackers under the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship, a new two-year program that helps retired players get into NFL coaching.
Oregon State: UCF senior associate athletic director for external operations Zack Lassiter has been named Oregon State deputy athletic director for external operations. Lassiter follows new Oregon State AD Todd Stansbury from UCF, where the two worked together since March 2012.
Cal: Philadelphia Eagles defensive scouting coordinator John Lovett has joined the Cal staff as cornerbacks coach. CoachingSearch first reported earlier Monday that Lovett was in the mix at Cal. Lovett spent the past two years as the Eagles’ defensive backs coach before being moved into the scouting department this offseason. He worked with Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman at Texas Tech in 2012 and at Ole Miss from 1995-98. Lovett has also served as defensive coordinator at Auburn, Clemson and Miami (FL) since 1999. This means there are no more open full-time assistant jobs for the 2015 season. Defensive backs coach Greg Burns will focus on safeties, and Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans reports head coach Sonny Dykes will coach wide receivers with inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler.
Georgia: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer will likely call plays from the field, Mark Richt told reporters. Former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo previously called from the press box.
American International College (MA): Linebackers coach Kris Kulzer has added the title of assistant head coach. Kulzer has been with AIC since 2011.
Michigan State: Head equipment coordinator Bob Knickerbocker will retire on June 30 after 32 years at MSU, and men’s basketball equipment manager have Pruder has been promoted to director of athletic equipment. Pruder has been with MSU since 1989. In addition, football equipment manager Dylan Marinez has been promoted to head football equipment manager, and assistant equipment manager Juan Moreno will move from Olympic sports to the football program.
Notre Dame: The South Bend Tribune provides an update on Lou Holtz, who left his role as an ESPN analyst and recently saw his house burn down following a lightning strike. But don’t worry, Holtz still has his sense of humor.
Olivet College (MI): Head athletic trainer Ryan Shockey has been named interim athletic director at Olivet. Shockey has been at Olivet since January 2013 and will continue to serve as head athletic trainer.
Buffalo Bills: Bills president Russ Brandon will add the duties of president of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, according to the Associated Press. Brandon has been with the Bills since 1997 and has served as president since 2013. The Pegula family, which owns the teams, also revealed that Brandon holds the title of Bills Managing Partner.
Duke: North Carolina assistant director of player personnel Terrell Smith has returned to Duke as director of football operations. Smith spent a few months at UNC this year after spending the past two years at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has previously served as assistant director of football relations at Duke from 2006-10 and is a former Duke player. In addition, director of football operations Kevin Lehman has been promoted to executive director of football administration / football chief of staff. Lehman has been with Duke football since 2012 and previously spent three years with the women’s basketball program.
Coffeyville CC (KS): Per source, Coffeyville defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach James Colzie III will join the University of British Columbia (Canada) staff to be defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach. Colzie had been at Coffeyville since February 2014 and has previously coached at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Louisville: Bobby Petrino tells ESPN’s Joe Schad that he believes he will finish his career at Louisville. Petrino is 54 years old, and his current contract has six years remaining and includes a $10 million buyout that decreases after 2017.
SEC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the SEC special teams coordinators.
Cal: Cal is the only school still with a full-time coaching position open for the 2015 season. One name CoachingSearch has heard Sonny Dykes was interested in over the last few weeks was Philadelphia Eagles defensive scouting coordinator John Lovett. Lovett and Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman worked together at Texas Tech in 2012 and at Ole Miss from 1995-98. It will be interesting to see if anything is announced before Pac-12 Media Days later this week.
Nebraska-Kearney: Former Texas A&M-Commerce wide receivers coach Kevin Bleil has joined the Nebraska-Kearney staff. Bleil spent two years at Commerce after working as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2012.
Michigan State: Athletic director Mark Hollis will earn at least $917,000 this year, according to CollegeAD.com. This includes a base salary of $667,000 a stay bonus of $197,000 and an $53,000 contribution to a retirement plan. Hollis signed an amended contract in February. He has been in MSU’s athletic department since 1995 and became athletic director in 2008.
Miami (OH): Miami will likely pay consulting firm Isaacson, Miller Inc. at least $150,000 to find the school’s next president, according to the Dayton Daily News. The paper also reports the firm estimates Miami will pay its next president at least $450,000.