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The Scoop - Thursday January 24, 2019

Thursday January 24, 2019


#StaffTracker: A one stop page where you can keep track of how the new head coaches are filling their staffs. NFL – FBS – FCS – D-II

Valdosta State (D-II - GA): Per source, the defending Division II national champs have found their new head coach.

Atlanta Falcons: Field Yates tweets that former Bucs tight ends coach Ben Steele has been hired as an offensive assistant by the Falcons.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have announced Kirk Olivadotti as inside linebackers coach, Justin Outten as tight ends coach and Adam Stenavich as offensive line coach.

Troy: Chip Lindsey has completed his on-field coaching staff with the addition of Ray Brown, who coached the defensive backs at Abilene Christian (FCS - TX) the last three seasons, as a defensive assistant. Specific roles for the staff are being announced at a later day.

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Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have announced that they've reached a new four-year contract with John Harbaugh.

Miami (FL): Dallas Crawford, a former Miami running back and defensive back, is joining the staff, per Out The Huddle. Crawford previously spent time on the San Francisco 49ers staff, and worked for the Georgia staff the past two seasons as an assistant wide receivers coach.

Northern Arizona (FCS): Chris Ball has made a number of additions to his staff, per the Reporter Online; Aaron Price (special teams coordinator), wide receivers Junior Taylor (WRs), Bob Connelly (OL), Everrette Thompson (DL) and Junior Tanuvasa (OLBs). Also, Robin Pflugrrad coached the wide receivers last season and will remain on staff, and so will offensive coordinator Aaron Pflugrad and tight ends / running backs coach Jimmy Beal, the report adds.

Hope (D-III - MI): Fred Rademacher, a volunteer assistant with the program last season who assisted with the offensive line, has been named the head coach at Orchard View HS (MI).

Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): Shay McClure has been announced as the team's new defensive coordinator. McClure spent the past three seasons as the head coach at Dixie State (D-II - UT).

Bob Diaco: Bob Diaco has reportedly landed a new defensive coordinator role.

Ken Niumatalolo: Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has accepted a major position within the Mormon Church.

University of Guelph (Canada): Ryan Sheahan has been named head coach after previously serving as the offensive coordinator at the University of Calgary.

Windsor University (Canada): Offensive line coach Jean-Peal Circelli has been promoted to head coach.

Liberty: Hugh Freeze is going to have himself a very nice new facility to work with.

Nebraska: Each of Scott Frost's ten assistant coaches have been offered a contract extension, and some have already signed, while the rest are expected to, per the Journal Star. Each of the ten full-time assistants received two-year deals when they arrived in Lincoln in December of 2017. Frost's assistant coaching salary pool was originally set at $5 million.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (NAIA): OPSU is looking for candidates for a defensive coordinator and offensive line coach positions. The defensive coordinator salary pays $32k and is a full benefits position and includes possible housing. The offensive line job pays $17k and includes no benefits and includes possible housing. There is another assistant coaching opening as well that pays $6k and includes no benefits with possible housing. These are great opportunities for young coaches and are looking to start as soon as possible. Interested candidates can contact No phone calls please.

Temple: Rod Carey has announced the additions of Matt Lipman (assistant athletic director / chief of staff), Aaron Christner (director of operations), and Blake Yunker (video coordinator). All three guys come to Temple after working with coach Carey at Northern Illinois.

Central Connecticut State (FCS): Offensive coordinator Ryan McCarthy has been named interim head coach.

Alfred State (D-III - NY): Alfred State College is looking for a game for Week 4 (September 28) in 2019. We would prefer a home and home series, where we would travel in 2019. We are also open to a one year contract. Interested programs can contact head coach Scott Linn at

UTEP: Sources tell FootballScoop that defensive quality control coach Matt Wallerstedt, who was expected to join the Austin Peay (FCS - TN) staff as defensive coordinator, has backed out and is expected to be promoted to defensive line coach. Wallerstedt previously served as the defensive coordinator at Charlotte from 2015-17, and Texas Tech from 2013-14.

Miami Dolphins: Patriots receivers coach Chad O'Shea is likely to be Brian Flores' offensive coordinator reports Omar Kelly. O'Shea has been in New England since 2009. He had previously been on the Vikings staff three seasons and with the Chiefs three seasons as well.

Northern Illinois: Jordan Gigli, the defensive line coach at North Dakota (FCS) is expected to join the NIU staff, source tells FootballScoop.


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Florida State: Details of new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles contract with the Seminoles.

Maryland: Mike Locksley is hiring John Hoke as his defensive coordinator reports Jeff Ermann. Hoke has spent the past three years coaching defensive backs for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Prior to joining the Bucs, Hoke served as South Carolina's defensive coordinator 2014-15 after having coached defensive backs for the Chicago Bears for five seasons.

Mississippi State: Tennessee defensive graduate assistant Jon Shalala is heading to Mississippi State in a defensive quality control role, VolQuest is reporting.

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NFL: Teams may soon be required to hire two minority coaches into entry-level quality control positions in an effort to prepare them for NFL coordinator and head coaching opportunities.


Villanova (FCS - PA): Villanova University is currently accepting applications for a volunteer football special teams quality control/video position for the 2019 season. We are seeking candidates who are looking to gain experience working within a Division 1 football program. The position will assist with duties assigned by the Video Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator. Primary duties will include filming practices as well as assisting with film and data breakdown. Candidates with strong communication and computer skills are preferred. This is a non-coaching position. Qualifications: (1) Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree program; (2) Experience competing in intercollegiate athletics or (3) experience working in a collegiate football program. This position does not provide any stipend, benefits, or housing. However, volunteers will receive experience working in a Division I program, have the potential to earn a paid position, earn recommendations for future career opportunities, and receive internship credit, if applicable. Please send ONE (1) attachment containing your cover letter, resume and three professional references to the Villanova University Football Staff at Phone calls will NOT be accepted.

Ohio State: Ryan Day's first full staff at Ohio State is complete.

Cal: Last night, Justin Wilcox announced a restructuring of his staff; Beau Baldwin will continue as offensive coordinator while taking on quarterbacks duties, Marques Tuiasasopo will move to tight ends, and Charlie Ragle will now focus exclusively on special teams with no additional positional responsibilities. Also, Burl Toler III will move from running backs to wide receivers, and Nicholas Edwards will switch from wide receivers to running backs while Steve Greatwood will continue to coach the offensive line. The only change on the defensive side of the ball is that Peter Sirmon has added a co-defensive coordinator title to his existing titles of associate head coach and linebackers coach.

Head coaching changes: See all of the 2018 NFL and College head coaching changes here – including a new interactive map.