Houston announces 10 additions to Pirates staff
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
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
Dale Steele - director
• of football administration
John Williams Jr. -
• director of strength & conditioning