Indiana's coaching staff has been finalized for 2011.
For real this time.
Kevin Wilson has filled his lone remaining staff vacancy with Miami (Ohio) assistant Deland McCullough, who will coach Indiana's running backs. McCullough served as an offensive/special-teams intern for Miami last season and remained on the RedHawks' staff after Don Treadwell took over as coach. Treadwell promoted McCullough to running backs coach.
McCullough starred at running back for Miami from 1992-95 while Wilson served as the team's offensive coordinator. He set the Mid-American Conference career rushing yards record before going on to play in the NFL, CFL and XFL.
“Deland was a great player, is a better person and is on track to be an excellent coach,” Wilson said in a prepared statement. “He is a guy that was on my radar from the start. We have a great relationship dating back to our days together at Miami and Deland is on board with what we want to accomplish.”
McCullough replaces Jemal Singleton, one of four assistants Wilson hired at Indiana who soon left for other jobs. He takes over a group that has struggled to produce in recent years but boasts some talent with players like Darius Willis, Antonio Banks and Matt Perez.
Here's Indiana's complete staff for 2011:
Doug Mallory: Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Mike Ekeler: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Mark Hagen: Defensive Tackles/Special Teams Coordinator
Brett Diersen: Defensive Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
Brandon Shelby: Cornerbacks
Kevin Johns: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Rod Smith: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Greg Frey: Offensive Line
Deland McCullough: Running Backs