The Coaching Wire: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013
Louisiana Tech will pay head coach Skip Holtz $500,000 a year for the next five years, and he’ll earn that same amount from his former school.
Holtz’s Tech contract was released on Wednesday and is awaiting approval from the Louisiana university system’s board of supervisors. He will be paid an annual base salary of $200,000, plus a $300,000 annual supplement.
South Florida will pay that same amount to buy out his contract. Holtz was fired in December after a disappointing 3-9 season and a 1-6 showing in the Big East.
Should Holtz leave Louisiana Tech before the end of the 2014 season, he would have to pay the university $1 million. If he were to leave after the 2014 season but before the completion of his contract at the end of the 2017 season, the buyout falls to $500,000.
Also on Wednesday, Holtz named Kim Dameron as his defensive coordinator. Dameron spent the past two years at Cornell, serving as safeties coach in 2011 and defensive coordinator in 2012. Dameron had previously worked with Cornell head coach Kent Austin for two seasons at Ole Miss where Dameron spent three seasons as safeties coach.
Prior to his arrival at Ole Miss, Dameron was defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe for three seasons. He had previous stops as defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin and Eastern Illinois, as well as at Cincinnati in 1997. Like Austin, Dameron spent time in the Canadian Football League as the secondary coach for the Toronto Argonauts in 1999.
K-State announces Andre Coleman as wide receivers coach
Kansas State has officially announced Andre Colman’s hiring as wide receivers coach. Coleman replaces Michael Smith, who left to join Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas last month. Coleman has been receivers coach at Youngstown State since 2010. (Here’s a link to last week’s report.
Art Valero hired at Colorado State completing McElwain’s staff
Longtime NFL and college assistant coach Art Valero will be Colorado State’s new tight ends coach, completing Jim McElwain’s staff. In addition, offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will add the title of quarterbacks coach, while linebackers coach Tim Skipper will add the designation of assistant head coach to his title. Valero spent 10 seasons coaching in the NFL, with the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before the NFL, Valero coached in college for 21 years, all as offensive line or assistant head coach. Valero spent four years as assistant head coach and offensive line at Louisville (1998-01), where he and McElwain coached alongside one another for two years, when McElwain coached wide receivers and special teams. Valero also had stints at Utah State and Idaho.
Peterson promoted to head coach at Kentucky Christian
Gene Peterson has been named head coach at Kentucky Christian. He served as an assistant at KCU for the past two years. Peterson has over 30 years of coaching experience including a 26-year career at Fleming County (Ky.) High School. He replaces former head coach Mike Furrey, who accepted the wide receivers job at Marshall on Wednesday.
Mike Furrey will be wide receivers coach at Marshall
Mike Furrey is the new wide receivers coach on Doc Holliday’s staff at Marshall. Furrey walked on to the Ohio State football team in 1995, then transferred to Northern Iowa in 1997. He went on to have an eight-year NFL career with the Colts, Rams, Lions and Browns. Furrey retired from pro football in 2010 and took over as head coach at Kentucky Christian (NAIA). In two seasons at KCU, he led the Knights to a 4-7 record in 2011 and a 7-4 record in 2012, winning five of their last six games. Furrey replaces Gerad Parker who left to become tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Purdue.
Rice named outside linebackers coach at Yale
Paul Rice has been named Yale’s outside linebackers coach. He replaces Drew Petzing, who took a job with the Cleveland Browns. A former player and captain of the 2009 team, Rice returns to New Haven after a year as an offensive graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Rice was a volunteer with the Yale football team in the fall of 2011.
Charleston Southern’s Chadwell names new staff members
Charleston Southern head coach Jamey Chadwell named Skylor Magee as defensive line coach. Magee comes to CSU after spending last season on Chadwell’s staff at Delta State. This will be his third season on staff with Chadwell. Prior to Delta State, Magee spent two seasons as defensive line coach at Petal High School in Miss. Magee was also the defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator on Chadwell’s staff at North Greenville, and was defensive line coach at Nicholls State (La.) from 2007-09. A former standout at Southern Miss, Magee began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach on Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina staff, working under Tyrone Nix and Brad Lawing with the defensive line.
Earlier this week, Chadwell tabbed Gabe Giardina as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. This will be Giardina’s second stint at CSU. He returns to Charleston Southern after serving as Chadwell’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Delta State in 2012. He was part of former Bucs’ head coach Jay Mills’ staff at CSU before leaving following the 2011 season to join Chadwell at DSU. Giardina worked as an graduate assistant at his alma mater, Alabama, from 2005-07.
Western Carolina’s Steve Sisa adds special teams to duties
Western Carolina coach Mark Speir has named returning assistant coach Steve Sisa to the position of special teams coordinator. Speir oversaw special team duties a season ago with Sisa among several assisting. Sisa, who also coaches the Catamount defensive secondary including defensive backs and safeties, joined the WCU coaching staff in 2012 after spending two years on staff at North Carolina.