Coaching Wire: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Paine (D-II): Greg Ruffin has been named head coach at Paine College (Augusta, Ga.). After a 50-year absence, the school announced last October that it would begin playing football again in 2014. The Lions will compete in Division II’s Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Ruffin comes to Paine Texas Southern where he was recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach last season. Prior to TSU, he spent six seasons at Jackson State as recruiting Coordinator and running backs coach. Ruffin had previous stints as an assistant at Tuskegee, Ouachita Baptist, Shaw, Benedict, Lincoln and Kemper Military CC.
William & Mary (FCS): As reported previously, Kevin Rogers will join Jimmye Laycock’s staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Rogers, who played linebacker at W&M from 1971-73 and was the Tribe’s running backs coach from 1980-82, served as Temple’s associate head coach and quarterback coach in 2012 and as Boston College’s offensive coordinator in 2011. His coaching career includes nearly 30 years as a Division I coach and five seasons in the NFL as the Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach.
Alabama: Athletics director Mal Moore will step down today, according to a University release. Moore will become special assistant to UA president Judy Bonner. He was hospitalized last week with heart problems, and spent two nights in the hospital last August because of an irregular heartbeat. According to the release, a successor “will be named as quickly as possible.”
SMU: After more than a month of speculation, Hal Mumme is finally officially part of the SMU staff. Here’s our full story.
Missouri S&T (D-II): Tyler Fenwick has been named head coach. Fenwick has served as the offensive coordinator at Missouri Western State for the past six seasons. He takes over for David Brown, who stepped down last month to join the Fresno State staff. In 2012, Missouri Western won the outright Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship for the first time in school history and had one of the nation’s top offenses. The Griffons averaged 458.6 yards of total offense last season, including 264.4 per game on the ground and 41.6 points a game. Prior to joining the Missouri Western staff, Fenwick was offensive coordinator at Minnesota State-Moorhead in 2006. Before that, he was wide receivers coach at Occidental for five seasons. A Los Angeles native, Fenwick played two seasons as a wide receiver at New Mexico. At Occidental, he was the wide receivers coach during the 2001 season as the Tigers went 8-1 and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, then moved into the offensive coordinator role the following season.
Navy: Ken Niumatalolo has promoted Ashley Ingram to running game coordinator in addition to his duties as the center/guards coach. Ingram recently turned down an opportunity to become head coach at Austin Peay.
Sul Ross State (D-III): John Tyree, who was named the Lobos’ interim head coach March 5, will also be interim athletics director. The search for a permanent football coach and athletics director has been suspended.
Liberty (FCS): Turner Gill has announced staff additions and a title change. Offensive line coach Dennis Wagner has been promoted to assistant head coach. Wagner, the former head coach at Western Carolina and Wayne State, had been co-offensive coordinator, but he will no longer carry that title. Tight ends and fullbacks coach Aaron Stamn had previously shared co-coordinator duties with Wagner, but was given the full offensive coordinator and play-calling duties after the second game last season. Stamn was a member of Gill’s staffs at both Kansas and Buffalo. Gill also announced the addition of Bryant Lewellyn as defensive tackles coach and and Heath Kimmel as the program’s new assistant director of football operations and recruiting. Lewellyn finished his playing career for the Flames last fall, while Kimmel takes over for Adam Godwin, who left to become Liberty’s new assistant women’s soccer coach.