The Coaching Wire: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
Wyoming completes staff, announces staff moves
Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced a number of staff moves. Nick Danielson, who served as offensive graduate assistant last season, will be promoted to a full-time assistant coach. Danielson, who served as an offensive graduate assistant for the Cowboys in 2012, will coach the Cowboy tight ends and H-backs. That position came open when former Cowboy assistant Jason Ray was hired as receivers coach at Oklahoma State in January. Assistant head coach Pete Kaligis and offensive line coach Jim Harding have been elevated to co-offensive coordinators. Former offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon left for New Mexico State earlier this month. Christensen will continue to call plays. Matt Rahl will be director of recruiting. Rahl coached the Cowboy defensive line the past two seasons, but he was previously Wyoming’s director of recruiting in 2009-10. Brent Vernon, who was assistant director of football operations last year, has been elevated to the position of director of football operations. He replaces Brian Wilkinson, who was named DFO at Arkansas State in January. Danilo Robinson will be Wyoming’s director of player personnel. Robinson had been the director of player personnel and recruiting last season.
Mississippi State announces Billy Gonzales hiring, staff moves
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has officially announced the hiring of Billy Gonzales as wide receivers coach. Tim Brewster will move to tight ends coach and add the title of assistant head coach. Brewster coached tight ends at North Carolina and Texas before moving to the NFL and coaching the position with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Tight ends coach Scott Sallach will move into the role of coordinator of football scouting to make room for Gonzales. Tony Hughes, who has coached safeties for the Bulldogs since Mullen’s arrival in 2009, will also add the title of assistant head coach.
Memphis extends Justin Fuente’s contract
Memphis has given head coach Justin Fuente a one-year contract extension. Fuente’s contract now runs through the 2017 season. In his first season as the Tigers’ coach, Fuente’s team won its last three conference games and the Tigers’ four Conference USA wins is more than the last three seasons combined. Memphis’ 4-8 overall record marked the team’s best finish since 2008.
Tim Hauck named UNLV defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach
Tim Hauck has been named defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at UNLV. He is the brother of Rebels’ head coach Bobby Hauck. Tim served last season as defensive backs coach for the Cleveland Browns. He spent the 2009-10 seasons as assistant secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans. Prior to joining the Titans, he coached safeties at UCLA in 2008, and spent four years at his alma mater, the University of Montana, overseeing the entire secondary in 2007 after three years working with the safeties from 2004-2006.
Report: Former Montana coach Pflugrad to Weber State as OC
Former Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad will reportedly be the offensive coordinator at Weber State. Pflugrad, who coached the Grizzlies in 2010-11, and Montana athletic director Jim O’Day last March in the wake of the scandal involving Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, who is now on trial for rape in Missoula. He replaces Timm Rosenbach, who left Weber State after one season to join Bobby Hauck’s UNLV staff.