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The Coaching Wire: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Norm Chow has added Chris Naeole to the Hawaii staff. (Photo: Russ Isabella/US Presswire)

Norm Chow has added Chris Naeole to the Hawaii staff. (Photo: Russ Isabella/US Presswire)

Chris Naeole to join Hawaii staff

Chris Naeole, a former All-American at Colorado and an 11-year NFL vet, will join Norm Chow’s staff at Hawaii. ¬†An opening was created with Tommy Lee’s retirement as offensive coordinator in December. Chow said there will be an “adjustment” to the coaching staff, and assignments on offense still are to be determined. Naeole spent the past two years coaching at Iolani High School in Honolulu.

Purdue announces Gerad Parker hire

Purdue’s Darrell Hazell has officially announced the hiring of tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker. Parker was previously wide receivers coach at Marshall. Parker spent the past two seasons at Marshall.¬†Before that, he spent three seasons at UT-Martin as the Skyhawks’ passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and running backs coach. He began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kentucky, his alma mater.

Matt Mattox hired at Eastern Illinois

Matt Mattox has joined Dino Babers‘ staff at Eastern Illinois as offensive line coach. Mattox has six years experience as an offensive line and tight ends coach in the junior college ranks. Last year, he was offensive coordinator at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, and before that, Mattox spent five seasons as the offensive line/tight ends coach at Butler (Kan.) C.C.

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Marshall: More staff shake up for Holliday, Herd

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday has already had a busy off-season, and the work is just beginning. Holliday, whose third season as head coach of the Thundering Herd ended with a very disappointing 5-7 record, will enter next season with at least six new staff members.

On Wednesday, offensive line coach Geep Wade left for a similar position at Middle Tennessee State. This comes a day after strength and conditioning coach Joe Miday accepted a position at Western Kentucky, leaving Holliday to search for the Herd’s fifth strength coach in four years.

Quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tony Peterson started the musical chairs on Jan. 8 when he left to become Skip Holtz’s offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech. Peterson was an especially difficult loss not only because he was a record-setting quarterback at Marshall, but because his guidance helped sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato explode on the scene and earn Conference USA MVP honors.

It appears that co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Bill Legg will move over to coach quarterbacks. Legg designed the Herd offense and has been the primary gameday play-caller.

Legg’s move to quarterbacks coach creates a vacancy at tight ends. Additionally, rumors abound that either running backs coach / recruiting coordinator JaJuan Seider and wide receivers coach Gerad Parker or both could be leaving.

On defense, Chuck Heater was brought in from Temple to replace defensive coordinator Chris Rippon, who was allowed to resign. Heater will be tasked with fixing a Marshall defense that ranked 119th out of 120 FBS teams in scoring defense (allowing 43.08 points allowed in 12 games), 101st in total defense (456.58 yards allowed per game), and 105th in rushing defense (203.08 yards allowed per game).

Last week, cornerbacks coach Lytrel Pollard was named to Todd Monken’s staff at Southern Miss. Heater will serve as the Herd’s cornerbacks coach.

There’s also a vacancy to fill at linebackers coach, and sources indicate that West Virginia assistant Steve Dunlap is the leading candidate. Holliday and Dunlap coached together at West Virginia from 1992-99 and again in 2008-09. Dunlap coached at Marshall in 2007.

Holliday enters the all-important fourth season as the Herd’s head coach with a 17-20 record. The next few months will no doubt be busy ones.

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