Coaching Wire: Week of April 28-May 4
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]exas State has signed coach Dennis Franchione has agreed to a new five-year contract.
Franchione returned to Texas State in Jan. 2011, and has led the Bobcats through the transition to the FBS. His team went 6-6 as an independent in 2011, and 4-8 as a member of the WAC in 2012. The Bobcats’ 30-13 upset over Houston in last season’s opener was the school’s first FBS victory since 2000.
Texas State joins the Sun Belt in 2013.
“Coach Franchione has been a strong leader for our program, increased visibility, generated a high level of enthusiasm and instilled a strong work ethic for student-athletes on and off the field,” Texas State president Denise Trauth said in a statement. “He also has helped guide the program into the coveted ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
“There has been great buzz about being elevated to the top level of college football, and we expect more good things as our program grows.”
The Bobcats’ 2012 recruiting class was rated No. 1 in the WAC and the 2013 class was tied for best among Sun Belt teams.
Franchione previously served as Texas State’s head coach in 1990-91 (then called Southwest Texas State). In four seasons with the school, his record is now 23-23.
This will be Franchione’s 28th season as a collegiate head coach, a career which also includes stints at Texas A&M, Alabama, TCU, New Mexico and Pittsburg State, his alma mater. He owns a career record of 197-115-2.
* Courtney Morgan was recently promoted to UCLA’s director of player development and high school relations. Morgan, an L.A. native who played at Michigan from 1999-2003, had been working as a quality control assistant with the Bruins’ offensive line. The Los Angeles Sentinel recently did a nice feature on Morgan as part of a “Local Legends” series. You can read it HERE.
* Former Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor will help out with Auburn High School’s football team this fall. Taylor’s son, Blaise, will be a senior on the team. As a junior, he had 323 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Last season, Auburn finished 11-2, losing 8-7 to Opelika in the Class 6A playoffs.
* Rod Chance has joined the Vanderbilt staff in an offensive quality control role. Chance was hired as cornerbacks coach at Rhode Island in Feb. 2013, after four years as an assistant at Alpharetta (Ga.) High School. He played defensive back at Rhode Island from 2001-05.
* Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart has received a one-year contract extension. Hart’s contract now runs through Sept. 18, 2018. Hart, who came to UT in Sept. 2011, received a $50,000 retention bonus that brings his annual compensation to $817,250, fourth-highest among SEC ADs.
* Lehigh head coach Andy Coen has named Joe Bottiglieri as inside linebackers coach. Bottiglieri, a 40-year coaching veteran, was Lehigh’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 1998-99 working alongside Coen, who was offensive coordinator. Bottiglieri spent the last 12 seasons as a head coach in the Pennsylvania prep ranks, beginning with one season at Allentown Central Catholic before moving to Emmaus High School, where he amassed a 70-51 record.
* Montana assistant Kade Rannings will no longer be tight ends coach, but will remain with the program as video coordinator. Rannings, who was an assistant at Colgate from 2008-12, was hired in January. Co-special teams coordinator coach Ross Brunelle will add the role of tight ends coach. A former Grizzlies player, Brunelle returned to the Montana staff last year as co-special teams and video coordinator. He was an assistant at Montana from 2007-09 and spent the 2010-11 seasons at Trinity (Texas).
* Former Penn State administrator Mark Sherburne has been named athletic director at Lock Haven (Pa.). Sherburne spent more than 20 years at Penn State, and was briefly named interim athletic director in Nov. 2011 when Tim Curley was accused of perjury in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and placed on administrative leave. Sherburne, who played football and baseball for the Nittany Lions, was let go in April of last year for withholding documents that were related to Curley as investigations into then allegations continued.
* Albany State (Ga.) offensive coordinator Uyl Joyner resigned Wednesday to take the same position at Dougherty High in Albany, Ga. Joyner’s brother Corey is Dougherty’s head coach, and Uyl helped lead Dougherty to a AAA state championship in 1998 as the team’s quarterback. ASU head coach Mike White said the search to replace Joyner will begin immediately.
* Concord (W. Va.) head coach Garin Justice announced that defensive line coach Pat Dawson will also serve as recruiting coordinator. Dawson is entering his third season as a member on the Mountain Lions’ staff.
* Ferris State (Mich.) assistant defensive backs coach Bart Estola has accepted a position coaching as defensive backs coach at West Catholic High in Grand Rapids, Mich. Estola coached 16 years in the Michigan prep ranks before joining Tony Annese’s Grand Rapids C.C. staff for two years and then following Annese to Ferris State.
* New Missouri S&T coach Tyler Fenwick has added two assistants. Michael Burton will be running backs coach. He spent the last six seasons with Fenwick at Missouri Western working in the same role. Kyle Shoemaker will be secondary coach. He spent last season at Azuza Pacific as hybrid linebackers, video coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Before that, Shoemaker spent three years as a student assistant at Cal Poly.
* Josiah Sears is the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wheaton (Ill.). Sears, who played fullback at Indiana from 2003-07, spent the past five seasons as offensive coordinator at Franklin College (Ind.). Sears replaces Joe Davis, who departed in February to become the offensive coordinator at Shippensburg (Pa).
* Lincoln (Pa.) has named Ramon Flanigan as head coach. Flanigan spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator at Mississippi Valley State. Flanigan, who played quarterback at SMU from 1992-97, was also offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Texas. He replaces O.J. Abanishe, the Lions head coach the past five seasons.
* Bluefield College (Va.) head coach Mike Gravier has been let go following three seasons. Gravier helped resurrect the program after a 70-year hiatus. The Rams played an exhibition season in 2011, and went 0-11 last season as a member of the Mid-South Conference. Assistant coaches Will King, Joe Perri, Mike Scott and T.J. Lynch will share the head coaching duties until an interim or permanent replacement is named. “We have a staff of assistant coaches that are taking responsibility to continue the work of the program, and we are very confident about finishing out recruitment for the coming year. Our assistant coaches each have a wealth of experience in college football and will continue to move the program in a positive direction,” athletic director Peter Dryer said. The school will begin an extensive search for a new head coach immediately.
* Eric Marty is now offensive coordinator at Moorpark C.C. (Calif.). He is coaching quarterbacks and receivers. Marty was receivers coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State (D-II) last season. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at Meadowdale High School in Lynwood, Wa. from 2005-11.
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