Ellis Johnson has been hired as the new head coach at Southern Miss. Here is a look at our projection for his coaching staff:
* = Coordinator candidate
David Reaves* - ex-New Mexico Offensive Coordinator
- Worked on staff at South Carolina from 2002-08. He was the QB coach in '08, Ellis Johnson's first season with the Gamecocks.
- WR coach at Southern Miss from 1988-90. Ellis Johnson was the defensive coordinator at USM in 1988 and '89.
RUNNING BACKS COACH
Pat Washington - Southern Miss Running Backs/Special Teams Coach
- Has been on staff at Southern Miss since 2009.
- WR coach at Mississippi State in 2007 and '08. Ellis Johnson was the defensive coordinator at MSU from 2004-07.
- Played quarterback at The Citadel in 2003 after playing his first three seasons at Clemson. Ellis Johnson was his head coach at The Citadel.
WIDE RECEIVERS COACH
Walt Bell - Southern Miss Wide Receivers Coach
- WR coach at Southern Miss in 2011 after spending the 2010 season as a graduate assistant with the team.
- Played WR at Alabama from 1996-99. Ellis Johnson was the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator from 1997-99.
- WR coach at Mississippi State from 2003-06. Ellis Johnson was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator from 2004-06.
TIGHT ENDS COACH
Charlie Coiner - ex-North Carolina Defensive Line Coach
- Graduate assistant at Appalachian State from 1983-86. Ellis Johnson was the defensive coordinator at Appalachian State in '84.
- Worked as TE coach at Southern Miss in 2011 after spending the 2010 season as an administrative assistant with the team.
OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Neil Callaway* - ex-UAB Head Coach
- OL coach at Alabama from 1997-2000, spending the last three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. Ellis Johnson was the team's defensive coordinator during the same time span.
- OL coach at Mississippi State from 2004-08, where he worked with Ellis Johnson for four seasons when Johnson was the Bulldogs' DC from 2004-07.
DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Mike DuBose* - ex-Memphis Defensive Coordinator
- Head coach at Alabama from 1997-2000, where Ellis Johnson was his defensive coordinator.
- DL coach at Alabama from 1990-96, including one year ('96) as defensive coordinator. Ellis Johnson coached the Crimson Tide outside linebackers from 1990-93.
- DL coach at Southern Miss in 1982.
- DL coach at Alabama in 1999 and 2000, where Ellis Johnson was his defensive coordinator.
- Played defensive line at The Citadel from 1973-76. Ellis Johnson played DL for The Citadel from 1971-74 and stayed on to coach the defensive ends in 1975.
Tommy West* - ex-UAB Defensive Coordinator
- Head coach at Clemson from 1993-98, where Ellis Johnson was his defensive coordinator from 1994-96.
DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
Keith Jones - Navy Defensive Backs Coach
- Was Ellis Johnson's defensive coordinator at The Citadel in 2001.
- Played DB at The Citadel from 1970-74. Ellis Johnson played DL at The Citadel from 1971-74.
- Played WR at Appalachian State from 1983-86. Ellis Johnson was the defensive coordinator at Appalachian State in 1984.
- Joined the USM staff prior to the 2010 season.