Non-AQ coaching hires

Here is a quick roundup of some assistant coaching moves among the non-AQs:

Ball State

New coach Pete Lembo has retained Daryl Dixon and Joey Lynch from the 2010 Ball State coaching staff, while four members of Lembo’s 2010 staff at Elon -- Jay Bateman, Keith Gaither, Rich Skrosky and John Strollo -- will join the Cardinals. In addition, Justin Lustig and Chad Wilt will serve as assistants.

Bateman will serve as defensive coordinator, while Skrosky will serve as offensive coordinator. Dixon and Lynch will be in their third seasons at Ball State.

Kent State

New coach Darrell Hazell hired Brian Rock as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Marcus Freeman as linebackers coach, Thad Jemison as wide receivers coach and Dennis Scuderi as tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator.

Rock joins the Golden Flashes after having spent the past six seasons as the wide receivers coach at Purdue. Freeman spent the 2010 campaign as the defensive quality control assistant at Ohio State.

Jemison brings nearly 20 years of experience coaching at the high school level, while also providing instruction and mentoring to students with learning and/or physical disabilities. Scuderi joins the staff after a three-year stint as the head coach at Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J.


New coach Mark Hudspeth hired Greg Stewart as defensive coordinator and Jay Johnson as offensive coordinator. Stewart, who will also coach the linebackers, was an assistant at FCS Jacksonville State for 18 seasons, including 11 as defensive coordinator.

Johnson spent 2010 as Central Michigan's quarterbacks coach, helping young sophomore Ryan Radcliff post one of the top passing seasons in school history. Radcliff completed 282-of-466 passes for 3,358 yards and 17 touchdowns and ranked ninth nationally in both total passing yards and yards per game (279.8) and 11th in completions (23.5 per game).

Former Ole Miss assistant David Saunders will serve as cornerbacks coach and assistant recruiting coordinator; Mike Pelton will coach the defensive line after spending last season at Vanderbilt; Tim Rebowe stays on the staff, but moves from linebackers coach to safeties; Mitch Rodrigue will be the running game coordinator and offensive line coach, coming from South Alabama; Marquese Lovings will coach the running backs, coming from Mississippi State; Reed Stringer will serve as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator; Troy Wingerter will remain on staff and moves from tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator to director of football operations.

The lone vacancy on the staff remains at wide receiver.

Northern Illinois

Bob Cole has been hired as receivers coach after most recently serving as an assistant at Western Kentucky.

Cole joins Eddie Faulkner (running backs), Kevin Kane (tight ends and fullbacks) and Matt Canada (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) on the Huskies’ offensive coaching staff. Doeren also has added Brad Ohrt as director of sports performance, Jay Niemann as defensive coordinator/safeties coach and Ryan Nielsen as defensive line coach, while linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz will return to work with the new staff.