Hous­ton an­nounces 10 ad­di­tions to Pi­rates staff

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Sports - BY FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

Mike Hous­ton, East Carolina’s new foot­ball coach, has quickly added 10 mem­bers to his staff, the school an­nounced Fri­day.

Eight of the ad­di­tions were on Hous­ton’s staff at James Madi­son – five of­fen­sive coaches and three de­fen­sive as­sis­tants. Hous­ton also said Bran- don Lynch, who was cor­ner­backs coach on Scot­tie Mont­gomery’s ECU staff the past two sea­sons, has been re­tained in that po­si­tion.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Don­nie Kirk­patrick (20052015) and of­fen­sive line coach Steve Shankweiler (1987-1991, 1998-2002, 2005-2009) both re­turn to an ECU pro­gram they helped lead to 12 bowl game ap­pear­ances and back-to-back con­fer­ence ti­tles.

Hous­ton said John Wil­liams Jr. will be the Pi­rates’ strength and con­di­tion­ing pro­gram and that Dale Steele (1989-94, 2013-2015) has also re­turned to Greenville as di­rec­tor of foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“I’m thrilled to in­tro­duce a staff which fea­tures a great com­bi­na­tion of cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence and youth­ful en­ergy,” Hous­ton said in a state­ment. “Through­out their ca­reers they have de­vel­oped a proven track record of suc­cess at the high­est lev­els, in­clud­ing the NFL and FBS, plus of­fer an en­er­getic ap­proach that matches their in­ten­sity.

“Not only have they been a part of win­ning pro­grams and cham­pi­onships, all are men of high char­ac­ter who value the im­por­tance of fam­ily and em­brac­ing their com­mu­nity.”

The foot­ball staff ad­di­tions:

Coaches Don­nie Kirk• patrick - of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor/quar­ter­backs

Bob Trott - de­fen­sive

• co­or­di­na­tor/safeties

Roy Tesh - spe­cial

• teams co­or­di­na­tor/ban­dits

Drew Dudzik - out­side • re­ceivers

Jeff Han­son - de­fen

• sive line

Fon­tel Mines - tight

• ends/in­side re­ceivers/ re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor

Steve Shankweiler -

• of­fen­sive line

De’Rail Sims - run­ning • backs

Sup­port Staff

Dale Steele - di­rec­tor

• of foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion

John Wil­liams Jr. -

• di­rec­tor of strength & con­di­tion­ing

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