McKeethan named New Mexico State tight ends coach
New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin named Kevin McKeethan as the team’s tight ends coach. He will also serve as the program’s academic liaison. McKeethan begins his second year with the Aggies after serving as a graduate assistant coach on offense last season. He spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Greensboro College in North Carolina. Before that, McKeethan worked with Martin and NMSU offensive coordinator Jerry McManus for four years at Kent State. McKeethan served as a graduate assistant for the Golden Flashes from 2007-10. He played quarterback at Maryville (Tenn.) College.
Missouri S&T’s Brown to be named defensive backs coach at Fresno State
Missouri S&T head coach David Brown will be named defensive backs coach at Fresno State, according to media reports. Brown spent seasons at S&T, earning Great Lakes Football Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2011. Prior to Missouri S&T, Brown spent seasons as defensive backs coach at Ohio. Before that, he was on the staff at Cal Poly for five seasons, serving as the team’s defensive coordinator in the 2004 and 2005.
Pitt promotes Matt House, adds Palermo and Poteat
Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst has promoted Matt House to defensive coordinator and hired John Palermo as defensive ends and linebackers coach. Former Pitt defensive back Hank Poteat (1996-99), who spent a decade as a player in the National Football League, will join the staff as a graduate assistant and work with the cornerbacks.
House oversaw the Panthers secondary last season, and will focus on safeties this season. Prior to Pitt, House worked with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams (2009-11) and Carolina Panthers (2008). He previously held collegiate coaching posts at Michigan State, North Carolina, Gardner-Webb and Buffalo.
Palermo is a 38-year coaching veteran who coached at Tennessee last season. He previously spent 15 years at Wisconsin, two seasons with the Washington Redskins and two seasons at Notre Dame.
Poteat played for five NFL teams over 10 seasons and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2004 New England Patriots. He retired from the NFL following the 2009 season and spent the past two years as defensive backs coach at Kentucky Christian University.
Anthony Parker named offensive graduate assistant at Tennessee
Butch Jones has tabbed former Vol offensive lineman Anthony Parker as offensive graduate assistant. It fills the the final GA opening on Butch Jones’ staff. Parker played at Tennessee from 2004-08.