Wright adds four to Mocs foot­ball staff

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga head foot­ball coach Rusty Wright an­nounced the first mem­bers of his new staff last week. The Mocs are adding four coaches to the pro­gram with this ini­tial an­nounce­ment.

Lead­ing the way is for­mer Moc and three­time South­ern Con­fer­ence Of­fen­sive Player of the Year Ja­cob Hues­man (2012-2015). A record­set­ting quar­ter­back at UTC, he re­turns to Chat­tanooga as the tight ends coach. Also join­ing the pro­gram are of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Pizzo, de­fen­sive line coach Kenny Baker and spe­cial teams and de­fen­sive as­sis­tant coach Mike Yea­ger.

Pizzo has spent the last 22 sea­sons as an NCAA of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, serv­ing most re­cently at Mercer. Baker also comes to Chat­tanooga af­ter five years with the Bears. Yea­ger joins the Mocs fol­low­ing a year as the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Tif­fin (Ohio) Uni­ver­sity. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Carthage Col­lege in Kenosha, Wisc.

“We are ex­cited to get these guys in here and get to work,” stated Wright. “I have known and worked with each of them and that fa­mil­iar­ity will help us quickly set­tle in as a staff. We are eager to get the se­mes­ter started so we can get the cur­rent team back on cam­pus and pre­pare for a very im­por­tant re­cruit­ing pe­riod.”

Af­ter tak­ing a shot at play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally, in­clud­ing a stint on the New York Gi­ants prac­tice squad, Hues­man joined the Ge­or­gia State staff as a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant. There he worked with the of­fen­sive line and tight ends.

Pizzo was the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at North Greenville from (20132017) be­fore tak­ing over at Mercer last sea­son. He led Cru­saders to an av­er­age of 408.2 to­tal yards of of­fense over five sea­sons, in­clud­ing a nine-win sea­son in 2016. He also served as OC at North Carolina A&T (2011-12) and Gard­ner-webb (1997-10). He grad­u­ated from Mars Hill in 1987 with school records for touch­down passes in a sin­gle sea­son (16) & to­tal of­fense in a sin­gle sea­son (2,080 yards).

Prior to his time at Mercer, Baker was the co-de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and lineback­ers coach at Berry Col­lege in 2013. He was a four-year let­ter win­ner at Gard­ner- Webb (2005-08).

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