The Coaching Wire: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wake Forest: Former Demon Deacon player Warren Belin has been named outside linebackers coach. Belin spent the past two years coaching that position for the Carolina Panthers. Prior to going to the NFL, Belin spent 20 years as a college coach, including a one-year stint at Georgia and an eight-year tenure at Vanderbilt. He fills the vacancy created when secondary coach Tim Duffie left for Oklahoma State. Derrick Jackson will shift from outside linebackers to secondary.
Ole Miss: Athletic director Ross Bjork has received a raise and contract extension. Here is our full story.
Middle Tennessee State: Rick Stockstill has named Rick Mallory as offensive tackles and tight ends coach. Mallory, who has 18 years experience as a college coach, and will work alongside guards and centers coach Geep Wade. Mallory spent 2012 in the high school ranks. He was the offensive line coach at UAB in 2011, and director of football operations at Wyoming in 2010. Before that, Mallory spent 10 years as the offensive line coach at Memphis. He replaces A.J. Ricker, who was on the Blue Raiders’ staff for a month before being named offensive line coach at Illinois.
Alabama: Former Tennessee head coach Bill Battle is expected to be replace Mal Moore as athletics director. Battle, who coached the Vols from 1970-76, is Birmingham native who graduated from Alabama and played under Bear Bryant. Battle founded Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in 1981. He sold the company to IMG in 2007 but has remained its Chairman.
Tulsa: Derrick Gragg has been named athletic director. Gragg spent the past seven years in the same role at Eastern Michigan.
Northern Iowa (FCS): Mark Farley has added two assistants and promoted another to the Panthers’ staff. Bryce Paup will be defensive line coach, Todd Blythe will coach wide receivers and Brandon Lynch, a volunteer assistant last season, will coach defensive backs. Paup, who played linebacker at UNI from 1986-89, spent 11 seasons in the NFL and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He’s been head coach at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisc., from 2007-2012. Blythe was a volunteer assistant at UNI last season working with running backs and special teams. He coached receivers at Simpson from 2009-11 while playing for the AFL’s Iowa Barnstormers. Lynch was defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne the past two seasons.
Northwest Missouri State (D-II): Legendary Bearcat head coach Mel Tjeerdsma has been named the school’s athletic director. Tjeerdsma retired as the Bearcat’s head coach in 2010. He took over the Bearcat program in 1995 and went winless his first season. Four years later, Northwest became the first D-II team to finish a season 15-0. The Bearcats won back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999, and added a third championship in 2009. His teams played in five consecutive national championship games from 2005-09. Tjeerdsma begins his new role in mid-April.
University of Mary (D-II): Scott Edwards has been hired as offensive coordinator and Chuck Miesbauer has been promoted from graduate assistant to defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator. Edwards also served as the Marauders’ offensive coordinator from 1998-2001. He spent the past six seasons as the head coach at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, Calif. Miesbauer joined University of Mary staff in 2011 as a graduate assistant. He worked with the defensive backs his first season, and coached outside linebackers in 2012.