Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Florida Atlantic Defensive Line Coach

According to footballscoop.com, Florida Atlantic defensive tackles coach Rod Payne has taken over as the head strength coach, and will no assist with the defensive line. The coaching tree has come up with three potential replacements:

Jimmy Verdon - currently a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan under Ron English. Verdon spent three years in the NFL and one in the CFL before starting his coaching career as a GA at Louisville in 2009. Played defensive line at Arizona State from 2000-2004. Current FAU offensive coordinator Darryl Jackson coached wide receivers at ASU from 2001-2006.

Josh Brown - Coaches inside linebackers and special teams at Cal Poly. In 2009, Brown was a quality control assistant at Kansas, after two years coaching linebackers at Sacramento State. In 2006, he was a graduate assistant at Arizona State, working on the same staff as FAU offensive coordinator Darryl Jackson. Brown may have also been recruited by FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. Schellenberger was the head coach at Oklahoma in 1995, and Josh Brown came to OU from Gavilan Junior College in '96. If Brown were to be hired at FAU, expect him to coach linebackers and defensive ends coach Johnny Frost to take over the entire defensive line.

Dan Hott - currently a graduate assistant at Michigan. From 2001-2006, Hott coached defensive line at the University of Findlay, where FAU offensive line coach Dale Williams coached from 2000-2004.

Update: Midwestern State defensive line coach Richard Lage has been named Florida Atlantic's new defensive tackles coach.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

UNLV Linebackers Coach

Ty Gregorak, who came with Bobby Hauck from Montana will not coach at UNLV after all. He was arrested in Colorado, and as a result was let go by the Rebels. The coaching tree has come up with three potential replacements:

Dennis Therrell - coordinated the UNLV defense the last two years and was on the staff since 2007. Currently coaching linebackers for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL.

Beau Bell - Not likely, as he is still pursuing an NFL career, but the former star UNLV linebacker is currently a free agent.

Brent Guy - Former head coach at Utah State (05-08). Spent the 2009 season as defensive coordinator for Louisville. Coached with current UNLV tight ends coach Brent Myers at Arizona State in 2004, where Guy was the defensive coordinator and Myers coached the offensive line. Guy was let go along with the rest of the Louisville staff at the end of the '09 season.

Update: Brent Guy has been named as the new UNLV LB coach.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hawaii Wide Receivers Coach

Ron Lee has resigned as wide receivers coach at Hawaii after 11 seasons on the staff. The coaching tree has come up with five potential replacements:

Mouse Davis - A long time coach who has spent time as a head coach, offensive coordinator, and position coach in high school, college, and the NFL. Last coached at Portland State as offensive coordinator in 2008. Coached RBs and special teams at Hawaii from 2004-2006.

Glenn Thomas - currently an offensive quality control assistant with the Atlanta Falcons. He has been an offensive coordinator at Midwestern State after three years as a GA at the same school and three years as a student assistant coach at Texas Tech. In 2000, Thomas' last year in Lubbock, he worked with current Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin, who was the Red Raiders' defensive coordinator from 2000-2002.

Inoke Funaki - former Hawaii QB, Funaki signed on as a graduate assistant with the Warriors for the fall. No experience and just finished his playing career, but at this point in the year, options are relatively limited.

Ken Margerum - played receiver at Stanford from 1977-80 and spent 7 seasons in the NFL with the Bears and 49ers. Following his playing career, Margerum spent three years as an assistant coach at the Hawaiian Prep Academy, then coached the wide receivers at Hawaii in 1996 before becoming head coach at Menlo College. Has also coached at Cal, Stanford, and was most recently an assistant at San Jose State.

Craig Stutzmann - former Hawaii WR spent 2008 as a graduate assistant in Greg McMackin's first year as head coach. Spent the '09 season coaching wide receivers at Portland State and joined Memphis this spring as a GA. Craig's younger brother, Billy Ray, is currently a wide receiver for the Warriors.

Update: Mouse Davis has been hired as the Wide Receivers coach at Hawaii.