The Coaching Wire: Friday, March 15, 2013
Austin Peay (FCS): Navy offensive line coach Ashley Ingram has turned down an offer to be come head coach at Austin Peay, according to a source. Ingram interviewed for the job on Wednesday and was offered the position earlier today. Austin Peay also interviewed Central Michigan defensive backs coach Kirby Cannon, interim head coach and defensive coordinator Granville Eastman, former Wisconsin offensive line coach Mike Markuson and Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold. In January, Rick Christophel stepped down as the Governors’ head coach after six seasons to be tight ends coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
Nicholls State (FCS): Head coach Charlie Stubbs announced the hiring of Steve Adams as safeties coach and special teams coordinator. Adams spent the past two years on Garin Justice’s staff at at D-II Concord (W. Va.). Stubbs promoted Matt Clark, who coached tight ends last year, to offensive line coach. The hiring of Freddie Banks (cornerbacks) and Brandon Nowlin (tight ends), which we reportedly previously, were also announced.
Grand Valley State (D-II): Matt Vitzthum joined the staff earlier this week as running backs coach. Vitzhum was quarterbacks coach at Wittenberg in 2012, after spending three years at St. Cloud State as a graduate assistant coach. He replaces Eddie Brown, who joined the Toronto Argonauts’ staff in February.
Michigan: Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has agreed to a three-year contract extension, which will keep him in Ann Arbor through the 2016 season. Mattison returned to the Michigan staff in 2011 after three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He first stint with the Wolverines was from 1992-96.
North Greenville (D-II): Former University of Maryland tight end Tommy Galt will be offensive line coach on new coach Jeff Farrington’s Crusader staff. Galt played for the Terps from 2005-09, and was a graduate assistant at South Carolina the past two seasons, where he worked with the Gamecocks’ tight ends.
Georgia Southern (FCS): Clifford Yoshida has been named defensive line coach. He will coach alongside defensive line coach Victor Cabral, former GSU player who has coached the Eagles defensive line since 2010. Yoshida has more than 40 years experience and has coached at 12 different schools. Most recently, he was defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Grambling State from 2007-2012. Eagles players say that Yoshida and Cabral provide a nice balance. “Yeah, coach Cabral’s all fired up, running around, jumping all over the place,” defensive tackle Blake Riley told the Statesboro Herald. “Coach Yoshida’s chill. He sits back and watches us work.”