Dream job open for JMU alum­nus

Stine­spring among pool of can­di­dates to be Dukes’ next coach

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS - BY MIKE BAR­BER

HAR­RISON­BURG — On Fri­day morn­ings be­fore home games dur­ing his two sea­sons coach­ing at James Madi­son, Bryan Stine­spring got up early and went for a jog around the school’s cam­pus. A 1986 JMU grad­u­ate and for­mer walk-on of­fen­sive line­man, Stine­spring paused oc­ca­sion­ally to snap a pic­ture to send to his friends or share on so­cial me­dia, blasts from his past.

“It was just liv­ing a dream, to be able to go back to your school and feel like you had an im­pact in a lot of ways, not just on the field but off the field,” said Stine­spring, an as­sis­tant for the Dukes’ 2016 FCS na­tional cham­pi­onship and 2017 na­tional run­ners-up teams.

Now, Stine­spring, the of­fen­sive line coach at Mary­land, would like to re­turn to that dream as the head coach at his alma mater. With Mike Hous­ton’s de­par­ture for East Carolina, JMU is in the mar­ket for its fourth coach in six years.

With Madi­son’s fa­cil­i­ties and other fi­nan­cial re­sources, the job is a gem at the FCS level, and con­sid­ered by some to be bet­ter than some low-level FBS gigs. JMU and ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Jeff Bourne won’t have any short­age of can­di­dates.

Bourne has not an­nounced a timetable for the hire but in­di­cated hav­ing a coach in place for the Dec. 19 early


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