Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 17, 2015
Jackson State: Offensive line coach Tommy Poynter has resigned to take an unspecified job in Texas, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
New Mexico: Al Simmons’ title at New Mexico is cornerbacks coach. Defensive backs coach Charles McMillian will work with safeties. In addition, graduate assistant Clay Davie has officially been named tight ends coach, as CoachingSearch first reported.
Wisconsin: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports former Wisconsin and Pitt running backs coach John Settle has emerged as the leading candidate for the Wisconsin running backs job. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.
Idaho State: Outside receivers coach Sheldon Cross has been promoted to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, and co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Spencer Toone has been promoted to defensive coordinator. In addition, offensive line coach Matt Troxel has added the title of assistant head coach for offense, and linebackers coach Rodger Cooper has added the title of assistant head coach for defense.
Thomas More (KY): Former John Carroll University head coach Regis Scafe has been named head coach at Thomas More.
Lock Haven (PA): Head coach John Allen has announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities.
Detroit Lions: Former Minnesota Vikings interim special teams coordinator Joe Marciano has officially been named special teams coordinator for the Lions.
East Carolina: Brad Davis’ title at ECU is offensive line coach / run game coordinator.
Louisiana-Lafayette: The Advertiser reports co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Melvin Smith is expected to be named defensive coordinator. The paper adds that Auburn analyst Levorn Harbin and former Auburn co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison are also expected to join the ULL staff.
Louisiana-Monroe: Linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Travis Niekamp and safeties coach Adam Waugh have been promoted to co-defensive coordinators. In addition, former Nicholls State offensive line coach Matt Clark has joined the staff as tight ends coach.
Stanford: Offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Mike Bloomgren says people don’t leave Stanford or David Shaw for lateral moves.
Washington State: Boise State offensive graduate assistant Joel Filani will join the WSU staff, Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin told reporters. Filani played for Mike Leach at Texas Tech.
Boise State: Tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz has been promoted to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, running backs coach / special teams coordinator Kent Riddle has moved to tight ends, and assistant strength and conditioning coach Lee Marks has moved to running backs coach.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns have officially announced the hiring of quarterback consultant Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach, former Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper as senior offensive assistant and North Carolina Central tight ends coach Michael McCarthy as offensive quality control coach. In addition, senior pro scout Frank Edgerly has been promoted to assistant wide receivers coach.
Findlay (OH): The school has announced the hiring of Duquesne co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Jason Makrinos as defensive coordinator and Incarnate Word outside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Jake Zweig as defensive line coach.
UCF: Huntingdon College (AL) linebackers coach Josh Linam has joined the UCF staff as a graduate assistant, according to his Twitter account.
Notre Dame: 247Sports reports North Carolina defensive line coach Keith Gilmore will join the Notre Dame staff in the same role, and South Florida running backs coach Autry Denson is expected to join the Notre Dame staff, pending a background check. Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans adds that outside linebackers coach Bob Elliott is expected to move to an off-field role.
Black Hills State (S.D.): Southwest Minnesota State linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Anthony Kerr has been named defensive coordinator at Black Hills State.
Illinois: Co-defensive coordinator / defensive line coach Mike Phair will earn $350,000 annually, according to the News-Gazette. Here is more from Phair. In addition, Tim Beckman says tight ends / running backs coach Alex Golesh will have a lot to do with special teams, so the open position on staff will be a running backs, tight ends or wide receivers job.
Montana State: L.D. Bell High School (TX) assistant Jody Owens has joined the Montana State staff as assistant linebackers coach. Owens is a former Montana State player.