Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 29, 2015

UCF: George O’Leary explains why he added the UCF interim athletic director job.

UAB: Bill Clark tells he’s hoping negotiations with the school will result in a long-term deal for him. Clark is currently under contract through 2016. The school has described the negotiations as “ongoing.”

Ohio: Per source, cornerbacks coach James Ward has resigned for personal reasons. Ward joined the Ohio staff in 2013 after five years as Nevada's cornerbacks coach, and he spent the previous five years as Colorado State's defensive backs coach. Ward’s resignation means there are now four open full-time assistant jobs in FBS.

Tiffin (OH): Toledo graduate assistant John Morookian has joined the Tiffin staff as offensive line coach, according to his Twitter account. Morookian, a former Toledo player, spent one season as a graduate assistant. 

Findlay: Assistant athletic director / senior woman administrator Brandi Laurita has been promoted to athletic director. Laurita has been at Findlay since 2008. She previously worked as head cross country coach / director of compliance at Converse College (SC).

North Central University (MN): University of Northwestern (MN) assistant athletic director Greg Johnson has been named athletic director at North Central. Johnson spent the past eight years at the University of Northwestern. He will begin his duties on July 15. 

SEC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of SEC running backs coaches

Pearl River CC (MS): Former UAB offensive analyst Stephen Sorrells has been named offensive line / assistant head coach at Pearl River. Sorrells has also coached at Kenyon College, Occidental College and Faulkner University. 

Toledo: Wayne State (MI) defensive backs graduate assistant Steven McCollom has joined the Toledo staff as a defensive graduate assistant. McCollom had been at Wayne State since 2013.

Illinois: Former Illinois basketball player Dee Brown has rejoined the athletic program as a special assistant to athletic director Mike Thomas. Duties include assisting in recruiting, building alumni relationships and representing the department at fundraising functions. Brown will begin the role on July 1 and serve until he travels overseas to play his final season of professional basketball.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday June 28, 2015

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Pacific (OR): The school has announced a number of staff changes. Defensive line coach / equipment manager Marc Moody has been promoted to defensive coordinator / linebackers coach, and New Mexico graduate assistant Lukkes Gilgan has been hired as defensive backs coach / equipment manager. Co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach / run game coordinator Ian Falconer has added the title of assistant head coach, and co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Matt Wade has assume full coordinator duties and added recruiting coordinator duties. In addition, a number of former players have joined the staff. Michael Smith has been hired as defensive line coach, Gabe Flory has been hired as outside linebackers coach, Gunther Schultze will serve as an undergraduate assistant, and Austin Brown will serve as a special teams assistant. 


Indianapolis Colts: Per source, former NFL player Roosevelt Williams will participate in a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship coaching position with the Colts for the second year in a row. Walsh most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Seton Hill University (PA) in 2013. He has also coached at Southwest Baptist (MO) and Widener (PA).

Pac-12: Wrapping up Defensive Backs Week, here is a breakdown of the Pac-12 defensive backs coaches.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday June 26, 2015

Ohio State: St. Joseph’s College (IN) linebackers coach / director of football strength and conditioning Eron Hodges has joined the Ohio State staff as a recruiting assistant. Hodges spent four months at St. Joseph’s after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Kent State.

Florida Atlantic: Defensive line coach Terrance Jamison has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship position with the Miami Dolphins. Jamison is entering his second season on FAU’s staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Cal in 2013.

Lindenwood-Belleville (IL): Head coach Jeff Fisher has been dismissed. Fisher had coached the program since it started in 2012. Defensive line coach Byron Gettis has been named interim head coach. Gettis has been with the program since 2012, coaching on both sides of the ball.

Lock Haven (PA): Urbana graduate assistant Kevin Smith has joined the Lock Haven staff as defensive line coach / special teams coordinator, and defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Randi Moore has been retained. They complete Dave Taynor’s staff, which also includes co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers coach Stephen Pribble, co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Bill Nickell and linebackers / assistant head coach John Miech.

Texas: Texas A&M-Commerce co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Wendel Davis will join the Texas staff as a defensive analyst, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Davis has spent the last two years at Commerce, after two years coaching linebackers at West Texas A&M.

Defensive backs: Here are the nation’s longest-tenured defensive backs coaches.

Monmouth: Former Georgia defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos has officially joined the Monmouth staff as defensive backs coach. Lakatos spent last season as a defensive consultant at Virginia Tech. He coached at Georgia from 2010-13.

Colorado State-Pueblo: The school has announced a number of coaching changes. Western State offensive line coach JT Haddan has joined the staff as defensive line coach, volunteer coach Mark Haering has been promoted to wide receivers coach, former graduate assistant Jake Novotny has been promoted to tight ends coach, defensive line coach Craig Ward has moved to director of football operations, and wide receivers coach Bernard Jackson has left the staff.

Big 12: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Big 12 defensive backs coaches.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday June 25, 2015

Ohio State: Athletic director Gene Smith will receive a $25,000 bonus for the Buckeyes finishing No. 7 in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standing, according to USA Today. Smith received that amount for a top-10 finish.

Temple: Head coach Matt Rhule has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2021. The Owls went 6-6 in Rhule’s second season last year and finished No. 4 in scoring defense. Rhule is 40 years old.

UCLA: UCLA finished second in the NACDA Directors’ Cup, which results in a $30,000 bonus for athletic director Dan Guerrero, according to USA Today. Guerreo received $15,000 for the Bruins finishing in the top 10 percent and another $15,000 for finishing in the top 10 overall.

Carroll College (MT): Chief of staff Kyle Baker has been named interim athletic director. Baker fills the role left by Curt Apsey, who recently accepted the Boise State athletic director job. Baker played for Carroll’s football team from 2001-04. He joined the school’s administration in December 2013.

Wisconsin-Platteville: Athletic director Mark Molesworth will retire, effective Jan. 8, 2016. Molesworth has been at the school since 1996.

UAB: Athletic director Mark Ingram says in a release that the school began a negotiation process with head coach Bill Clark on June 1, and it continues to move forward “in a positive fashion.”

Oregon State: New athletic director Todd Stansbury’s contract is a five-year deal with $500,000 in base salary annually, according to The Oregonian. It’s $9,636 more than former athletic director Bob De Carolis earned in annual base salary.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday June 24, 2015

Big Ten: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Big Ten defensive backs coaches.

BYU: Bronco Mendenhall explains why he keeps taking back defensive play-calling duties

Tulsa: Assistant director of athletic development Tommy Hudspeth has passed away at 83 years old after a battle with cancer. Hudspeth coached from 1953-1981, including head coaching stops at BYU, UTEP and with the Detroit Lions and Toronto Argonauts. The Tulsa graduate returned to the school in 2006 as assistant director of development and had continued coming into work as late as last week during his cancer battle.

Penn State: Former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has joined the Penn State staff as a consultant. Haslett served as the New Orleans Saints’ head coach from 2000-05. He had been with the Redskins since 2010, before parting ways in December 2014. Haslett was born in Pittsburgh and played football at Indiana (PA).

Defensive backs: Here are the nation’s highest-paid defensive backs coaches.

Wyoming: Director of recruiting Gordie Haug will serve as interim wide receivers coach for the 2015 season. Haug coached the running backs at North Dakota State from 2012-13 and followed Craig Bohl to Wyoming in 2014. In addition, recruiting and operations assistant Matt Gaynor has been promoted to director of player personnel. Gaynor has been at Wyoming since July 2013.

Salisbury University (MD): Assistant athletic director Gerry DiBartolo has been named interim athletic director for the next two years. DeBartolo has been at Salisbury since 1979 and has served as assistant AD since 2008. He will continue to serve as men’s soccer head coach, a position he has held since 1982.