The Coaching Wire: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
Former Auburn DC Brian VanGorder hired by the Jets
Former Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will be the New York Jets linebackers coach. VanGorder coached the 2012 season on Gene Chizik’s staff. He spent the previous four seasons as Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator (2008-11) after joining the Falcons as their linebackers coach (2007). Before Atlanta, VanGorder was head coach at Georgia Southern for one season (2006), and assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005), Georgia (2001-04), Western Illinois (2000), Central Michigan (1998-99), Central Florida (1995-97), Wayne State (1992-94) and Grand Valley State (1989-91).
Kevin Lempa and Sean McGowan hired at Boston College
Boston College head coach Steve Addazio has named Kevin Lempa as the Eagles’ secondary coach and Sean McGowan special teams coordinator and SAM linebackers/nickel package coach. Lempa, in his 40th year of coaching, returns for his third stint at BC after serving as the defensive coordinator at Columbia in 2012 and at Central Connecticut State in 2011. Previously, Lempa coached at BC from 2003-06 working with the defensive backs under Tom O’Brien and from 1981-90 working with the outside linebackers and special teams under Jack Bicknell. Lempa was in charge of the secondary and then safeties at Maryland from 2007-10, and he also coached at Hawaii (2000-02), the San Diego Chargers (1997-99), and Dartmouth (1991-96). In his 16th year of coaching, McGowan worked for Addazio the last two years at Temple coaching the inside linebackers and added special teams duties this past season. Prior to Temple, McGowan coached at New Hampshire for seven seasons (2004-10) serving as defensive coordinator in each of his last four seasons. He began his coaching career at Occidental College before moving on to positions at Pittsburgh (1999-2001), Duquesne (2002), and West Virginia Tech (2003).
Anthony Tucker hired as Arkansas State wide receivers coach
Bryan Harsin has completed his staff at Arkansas State with the addition of Anthony Tucker as wide receivers coach. Tucker comes to Arkansas State after spending the last two seasons at Idaho State, where he coached outside wide receivers. Prior to Idaho State, Tucker was Colorado’s Offensive Technical Assistant in 2010 under then-head coach Dan Hawkins. At Colorado, he worked with current Arkansas State assistant head coach Kent Riddle, as well as Red Wolves assistant coach Brad Bedell and strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman.
Miami’s Terry Richardson headed to Jacksonville
It hasn’t been announced officially, but it looks like Miami will lose its second assistant to Gus Bradley’s new Jacksonville Jaguars staff. Several media outlets are reporting that Hurricane running backs coach Terry Richardson will join Jed Fisch, who left for Jacksonville last month, with the Jags. Richardson has been with the Hurricanes for three years, and prior to that spent 12 years as UConn’s running backs coach. At Connecticut, he coached Jordan Todman, who finished the year on the Jaguars’ injured reserve list. Richardson played at Syracuse and spent time in the NFL with the Bengals, Eagles, Chiefs and Steelers before starting his coaching career as a high school coach. Update: Jacksonville has made Richardson’s hiring official, announcing the hirings of Richardson, Ron Middleton (tight ends, assistant special teams), Matthew Smiley (assistant special teams) and Mike Rutenberg (assistant defensive backs).
Cornell head coach David Archer announces staff
Cornell head coach David Archer has announced his staff. New staff members include defensive coordinator Jared Backus (prev. Princeton, DC); offensive coordinator Jason Houghtaling (prev. Wagner, OC); assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Shane Hurd (Union-Endicott HS, HC); secondary coach Greg Jones (Kenyon College, DC); and running backs and tight ends coach Mike Neuberger (Georgetown, TE). In addition, staff members retained include Travis Burkett (assistant head coach/defensive line), Emani Fenton (recruiting coordinator/inside linebackers) and David Hanna (special teams coordinator/wide receivers). Longtime assistant Pete DeStefano will move into a role as Director of Player Personnel, Alumni, Community and Career Programs.
Rutgers’ Robb Smith leaves for Bucs linebacker job
Robb Smith, who was Kyle Flood’s defensive coordinator at Rutgers last season, has been hired as the Tamapa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach. The move for re-unite Smith with Bucs coach and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. Smith’s Rutgers defense finished No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, No. 6 in rushing defense and No. 10 in total defense during a 9-4 season. Smith joined Sciano’s Rutgers staff in 2009 as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.
Jerheme Urban named Trinity offensive coordinator
Jerheme Urban has been named offensive coordinator at Trinity (D-III, Texas). Urban was an All-American wide receiver at Trinity who has spent the past nine years playing in the NFL for the Seahawks, Cowboys, Cardinals and Chiefs.
North Greenville names Jeff Farrington head coach
North Greenville (D-II, So. Car.) has hired former VMI defensive coordinator Jeff Farrington as head coach. Farrington has been with VMI the past three seasons. Before that, he was a defensive assistant at Furman from 2002-2010. Farrington also served as defensive coordinator for East Tennessee State from 1997-2001.
Jason Guthrie named Millsaps offensive coordinator
Millsaps (D-III, Miss.) has hired Jason Guthrie as offensive coordinator. Guthrie spent the previous 10 seasons at Trinity (D-III, Texas) as assistant coach and was offensive coordinator in 2012.