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The Coaching Wire: Friday, March 8, 2013

Dana Holgorsen has officially hired JaJuan Seider as West Viginia's running backs coach. (PHoto: WVU)

Dana Holgorsen has officially hired JaJuan Seider as West Viginia’s running backs coach. (Photo: WVU)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s we reported yesterday, JaJuan Seider is the new running backs coach at West Virginia. Dana Holgorsen announced the hire via Twitter on Friday:

 


Georgia Tech’s McCollum won’t interview for Austin Peay job

Georgia Tech linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum will not interview for the head coach vacancy at his alma mater, Austin Peay.

McCollum, the former head coach at Middle Tennessee State, released a statement through a Tech spokesman that he will not be interviewing and does not have interest in the position.

As we mentioned in Tuesday’s Wire, McCollum was one of six interviewees listed in an Austin Peay media release. According to the release, McCollum was to interview on Monday.

There was speculation that Austin Peay would not able to meet McCollum’s salary requirements. He earned $210,000 last year.

McCollum joined the Georgia Tech staff in 2010, first serving as recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach before moving to linebackers midway through the 2012 season when defensive coordinator Al Groh was dismissed.

At Austin Peay, Kirby Cannon, defensive backs coach at Central Michigan, and Granville Eastman, Austin Peay’s interim head coach and the Governors’ defensive coordinator since 2005, interviewed earlier this week.

Former Wisconsin offensive line coach Mike Markuson, Navy offensive coordinator Ashley Ingram and Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold will interview next week.

In January, Rick Christophel stepped down as the Governors’ head coach after six seasons to be tight ends coach for the Arizona Cardinals.


Copeland named running backs coach at Northern Illinois

Kelton Copeland, who spent the past two years as wide receivers coach at South Dakota, has joined the Northern Illinois staff as running backs coach.

Prior to South Dakota, Copeland spent five seasons on the coaching staff at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he began as the secondary coach before moving to wide receivers for three seasons.

He was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Coffeyville in spring 2011 before taking the South Dakota in July. In 2006, he coached safeties and nickel backs at Division II Northwood (Mich.).

“We are really excited to have Kelton and his family on board,” Huskies head coach Rod Carey said. “He is a great teacher of the game and a tireless worker in recruiting. He’s a great fit for our staff and our NIU community.”

A Miami, Fla. native, Copeland was a three-year starter at quarterback at Emporia State (Kan.).

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Source: JaJuan Seider will be West Virginia running backs coach

Marshall assistant JaJuan Seider was a graduate assistant at West Virginia from 2008-10. (Photo: Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

Marshall assistant JaJuan Seider was a graduate assistant at West Virginia from 2008-10. (Photo: Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

UPDATE: Seider has been officially hired as West Virginia’s running backs coach. Dana Holgorsen announced the hire via Twitter on Friday.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]arshall running backs coach and recruiting coordinator JaJuan Seider is expected to join the West Virginia staff.

Seider was in Morgantown today interviewing with Dana Holgorsen and a deal could be completed this evening, according to a source.

It would be homecoming for Seider, who began his college career as quarterback at West Virginia and returned in 2008 as an offensive graduate assistant.

He would fill the void created when Robert Gillespie left last week to join Butch Jones‘ staff at Tennessee.

Seider is a native of Belle Glade, Fla. and was a standout quarterback at talent-rich Glades Central High School. He transferred to Florida A&M and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Before joining the West Virginia staff, Seider spent eight years as a high school coach in South Florida, working at Glades Central, Palm Beach Lakes High and Lake Worth High, and has strong recruiting connections in South Florida.

In the 2013 class, Seider was primary recruiter for six South Florida prospects that inked with the Herd. A seventh Seider recruit, four-star wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis, was also a South Florida product but spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy in Va. before signing with Marshall.

Financial details are not known, but he is expected to receive a significant pay increase. He earned $90,800 last year.

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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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