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The Scoop - Wednesday March 14, 2018

Wednesday March 14, 2018

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Michigan : Brandon Blaney, who spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant for the Titans, has joined the team as an analyst, per 247. Blaney previously coached the offensive line at Iowa State.

FAU: According to a tweet from Jake Elman, who covers FAU, there is still "no ink" on Lane Kiffin's six-year extension that was originally announced back in December. While it has been approved and agreed upon, it has not been officially signed, Elman adds.

Rochester (D-III - NY): After serving as the pass game coordinator / quarterbacks coach / recruiting coordinator at Bowdoin (D-III - ME) last season, Chris Sapp has accepted the defensive coordinator job at the University of Rochester, per source.

Henderson State (D-II - AR): Eastern Michigan graduate assistant Hayden Hawk has been named quarterbacks coach, per source. Hawk also spent one season as a graduate assistant at SMU as well.

North Central (D-III - IL): North Central College has filled its Defensive Coordinator position by hiring Shane Dierking, who spent the last two years as the defensive coordinator at Benedictine (D-III - IL). Dierking is a former 2013 1st Team All-American Safety and North Region Player of the Year, he assumes his new role effective today. Dierking is a former North Central player who holds the school's career record-holder for interceptions with 16. Defensive line coach Tim Janecek will take on an expanded role as defensive run game coordinator as part of the re-structured coaching staff.

Jacksonville State (FCS - AL): In addition to Kelvin Sigler (see below), head coachJohn Grass has announced the completion of his defensive staff with the additions of Andrew Warwick (DC / LBs), and Landius Wilkerson (DEs). Warwick spent the past six seasons at Clemson, most recently as the director of defensive player development, while Wilkerson spent the past eight seasons at Huntingdon College (D-III - AL) as the defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator. Also, two returning assistants have received promotions. Defensive line coach William Greene will coordinate the team's run defense, and corners coach Owen Kilgore will coordinate the pass defense efforts.

Albany (FCS - NY): Head coach Greg Gattuso has announced a few changes and promotions in his coaching staff. Joe Bernard, who served as offensive coordinator the past four seasons, is moving to co-defensive coordinator (alongside Keith Dudzinski, who was promoted from safeties coach back in January) and will also serve as special teams coordinator / corners coach. Also, Bill Nesselt has been promoted from defensive assistant to outside linebackers coach and director of football operations, former Fordham (FCS - NY) offensive coordinator Joe Davis is now the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (as we previously reported), Nate Byham will move from special teams coordinator to run-game coordinator and continue to coach the running backs, and offensive assistant Will Fiacchi has been promoted to wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

RPI (D-III - NY): RPI is looking for a home game on 9/29/2018. A guarantee is available to help defray travel/hotel costs. If interested, please contact Head Coach Ralph Isernia at

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East Tennessee State (FCS): Dallas Dickey, who played and served as a graduate assistant at West Georgia (D-II), has been hired as a restricted earnings coach working with the quarterbacks.

Presbyterian (FCS - SC): Sumner Ellis, the defensive coordinator at Villa Rica HS (GA) has taken the defensive coordinator job at Presbyterian, per source. Ellis is a former Presbyterian player and also previously served as a graduate assistant at Georgia Southern.

McNeese State (FCS - LA): Tyler Bolfing has been hired to coach the tight ends, per source. Bolfing spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Monroe and is a former quarterback at McNeese State.

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Jacksonville State (FCS - AL): Kelvin Sigler, who coached the corners at South Alabama the past two seasons, has been added to the staff as safeties coach, and will also have the title of associate head coach. Sigler also coached at the high school level in Alabama for ten seasons, spent a year as a staffer at Alabama, and also worked at Northern Illinois for a few seasons as well.

Western Michigan: Nick Sanchez, who has previous stops at the University of Albany (FCS - NY), Ave Maria (NAIA - FL) and Syracuse, has been hired to coach the corners.

Wilmington College (D-III - OH): Adam Foren will be joining the staff to coach the quarterbacks. Foren spent the previous two seasons at Saginaw Valley State.

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Jersey Coast Academy (JC - NJ): Jersey Coast has part-time openings for coaches of all positions. Positino will start August 4th and run through the entirety of the season. Pay will be 3,000 for the season paid 1,000 monthly. The teeam is also looking for unpaid interns. This position will be involved in all facets of building a successful Junior College program. Position will start immediately and run through the end of the season. All interested applicants should send resume to Head Coach Terry Owens at

Wayne State College (D-II - NE): Wayne State College invites applicants for the position of Offensive Coordinator. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree and three years of coordinating experience at the collegiate level (or above) is required and master’s degree is preferred. Extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects and phases of offensive football is required. Experience as a coordinator is preferred. Experience coaching quarterbacks and receivers at the collegiate level is required. Demonstrated experience recruiting Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and/or the Midwest is required. The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing, speaking, planning and organizational skills; strong interpersonal management skills, high energy, creativity, results-oriented mentality; and a demonstrated ability to work as a team player. RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is responsible to assist the head coach in planning and operating the football program within the policies of Wayne State College, the NSIC and the NCAA. Provide leadership in implementation of the program while performing other duties as assigned by the head coach. SALARY: Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Attractive and comprehensive fringe benefit package. GENERAL INFORMATION: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send letter of interest, resume’, contact information for at least three references, and a brief application form via this link.

Toledo: Kerry Dixon II, who coached the wide receivers at Florida last season, has been hired to coach the running backs and Kevin Beard has joined the staff in a quality control role.

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Black Hills State (D-II - SD): Black Hills State University an NCAA Division II school and member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), has a Graduate Assistant coaching position beginning June 1st, 2018. The position includes an $8000 stipend, camp bonus, reduced tuition and possible meals. Responsibilities include coaching wide receivers, running positional meetings, assisting with special teams, helping with weekly game plan, film breakdown and data entry (HUDL), recruiting, and other duties assigned by the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience. Candidates must be able to gain acceptance to graduate school. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to No phone calls.

Wayne State College (D-II - NE): Greg Hardin, who coached the wide receivers at Millersville (D-II - PA) last season, has been hired as the wide receivers graduate assistant.

Jersey Coast Academy (JC -NJ): Terry Owens has been named the new head coach of the program.

Arkansas State: Chris Buckner has joined the staff to coach the outside receivers. Buckner spent the past two seasons coaching the quarterbacks and serving as offensive coordinator at Western New Mexico (D-II).

Head coaching changes: 2017-18 NFL & college head coaching changes.