The Coaching Wire: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

The Coaching Wire: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

North Texas cornerbacks coach Justin Gaines has resigned. (Photo: UNT Athletics)

North Texas cornerbacks coach Justin Gaines has resigned. (Photo: UNT Athletics)

Division I

Justin Gaines, cornerbacks coach and an original members of Dan McCarney’s staff at North Texas, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Gaines is the second member of McCarney’s staff to leave the program since the end of the season. Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Kent Riddle left to become the assistant head coach at Arkansas State following the season. UNT finished 4-8 last season after a 5-7 campaign in McCarney’s first year as head coach in 2011. Prior to North Texas, Gaines was secondary coach at Montana State for four seasons from 2007-10. Gaines was an All-American at the University of Montana. … Former BYU defensive coordinator Jamie Hill will join Nigel Burton’s staff at Portland State (FCS) as defensive coordinator. Hill will also coach safeties. Hill served as BYU’s secondary coach and defensive coordinator from 2006-10. He worked at Portland State from 1993-97 as both a secondary coach and then defensive coordinator on Tim Walsh’s staff as the Vikings transitioned at from D-II to Division I in 1996.  … At Northern Illinois, Pat McAvoy will serve as offensive graduate assistant working with the offensive line. The Cary, Ill. native was a three-year letterman at fullback for the Huskies. Former Kansas safety Olaitan Oguntodu will serve as Northern Illinois’ defensive graduate assistant, working with the linebackers. Oguntodu was a three-time Academic All-12 selection. … Connecticut head coach Paul Pasquloni has announced his staff’s responsibilities and titles for the 2013 season. Defensive line coach Hank Hughes will return to the defensive coordinator spot, replacing Don Brown left nearly two months ago to join Steve Addazio’s staff at Boston College. Hughes served as assistant head coach for defense from 2005-10 after being defensive coordinator from 2002-04. Matt Cersosimo, who had been the Huskies’ wide receivers coach since he joined the staff in 2006, will move to cornerbacks coach. Cersosimo is also recruiting coordinator. Below is the full staff and their titles:

  • George DeLeone: Associate head coach, Offensive line
  • T.J. Weist: Offensive coordinator, Wide receivers
  • Hank Hughes: Defensive coordinator, Defensive line
  • Kermit Buggs: Special teams coordinator, Running backs
  • Matt Cersosimo: Cornerbacks, Recruiting coordinator
  • Shane Day: Quarterbacks
  • Mike Foley: Tight ends
  • Darrell Perkins: Safeties
  • Jon Wholley: Linebackers
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