Aztecs hire Neinas as assistant coach

SAN DIEGO -- Toby Neinas, a son of sports consultant Chuck Neinas, has been hired as an assistant football coach at San Diego State.

The Aztecs haven't specified which position Neinas will coach, but he has experience on both sides of the ball during 14 seasons as an assistant, including as linebackers coach at Temple the last two seasons. He was at Temple for four years.

Chuck Neinas was used by San Diego State during the searches that landed football coach Chuck Long and athletic director Jeff Schemmel.

Schemmel said there was no connection in the hiring of Toby Neinas and the use of his father as a headhunter in the two searches.

"I might have been concerned under other circumstances, but Chuck Long was on my list, not Chuck Neinas' list," Schemmel said. ''Chuck Neinas had no connection to my interest in Coach Long. When Coach Long brought his name up as an assistant, he told me of his
long-standing relationship with Toby and his desire to utilize Toby's California recruiting connections and his versatility as a coach."

Toby Neinas has recruited California junior colleges.

Long said Thom Kaumeyer, the Aztecs' defensive coordinator the last four seasons, will remain on the staff as defensive backs coach.

Long, who replaced the fired Tom Craft, hired Bob Elliott from Kansas State to serve as SDSU's defensive coordinator.