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Sources: Jim McElwain has completed his staff at Central Michigan

Jim McElwain was named the new head coach at Central Michigan back in early December. Sources tell FootballScoop that he has now filled his staff.

There have been a few holdovers from the John Bonamego era, including one on each side of the ball in Cory Hall (DBs) and Tavita Thompson (OTs / TEs), and two off the field positions in Albert Karschnia (director of player personnel) and Ben Presnell (director of football operations). Offensive line coach / run game coordinator Derek Frazier had been on board up until recently, when he landed a position in the NFL with the New York Jets, per source.

Some of these hires we've covered on The Scoop over the past several weeks, but here's how the rest of McElwain's staff has rounded out in Mount Pleasant, per source.





Robb Akey

Defensive Coordinator

Florida (2017) - Interim DL

Charlie Frye

Offensive Coordinator / QBs

Ashland (D-II - OH) - WRs

Kevin Barbay

Assistant HC / WRs

Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX) - QBs

Ryan Beard

Special Teams Coordinator / Safeties

Louisville - Safeties

Mike Cummings

Offensive Line


Mark Debastiani


Alabama A&M (FCS) - DC

Cory Hall

Defensive Backs

Central Michigan - DBs

Justin Hinds

Defensive Line

Samford (FCS - AL) - DL

Cornell Jackson

Running Backs


Tavita Thompson

Tight Ends / Tackles

Central Michigan - TEs / RC

Albert Karschnia

Director of Player Personnel

Central Michigan - Director of Player Personnel

Ben Presnell

Director of Football Operations

Central Michigan - Director of Football Operations

A few of McElwain's hires have previous head coaching experience - Akey at Idaho from 2007-12, and Hall as the interim head coach at Oregon State in 2017. The rest of the guys will bring some unique experiences at other schools, and their ties to other areas regionally should go a long way to help the Chippewas in recruiting to compete in the MAC.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching changes, and keep track of all the new FBS staffs via the #StaffTracker.