Dream job open for JMU alumnus
Stinespring among pool of candidates to be Dukes’ next coach
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