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Jeremy Pruitt announces full staff, coaching positions for 2019

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Finally, we know what each coach will be doing in 2019.

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Jeremy Pruitt met with the media today, finally cementing his coaching staff’s roles for the 2019 season. After hiring Tee Martin, we knew some titles would have to shift offensively. But the addition of Derrick Ansley threw everyone a curveball. As Pruitt announced today, Ansley will carry the defensive coordinator title, along with Chris Rumph.

The full staff is listed below.

Offense

Jim Chaney — Offensive Coordinator

Chris Weinke — Quarterbacks (Was at RB)

David Johnson — Running Backs (Was at WR)

Brian Niedermeyer — Tight Ends

Will Friend — Offensive line

Tee Martin — Wide Receivers, Assistant head coach, Passing Game Coordinator

Defense

Derrick Ansley — Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs

Kevin Sherrer — Inside Linebackers, Special Teams

Chris Rumph — Co-Defensive Coordinator, Outside Linebackers

Tracy Rocker — Defensive Line


Quick Notes

  • We all expected Tee Martin to land as the receivers coach, but Martin will also get passing game coordinator, along with assistant head coach responsibilities. You can probably expect Tee to serve as one of the main recruiters on this staff. He and Niedermeyer together should be an awesome combination for Pruitt.
  • Ansley will call the defense, per Pruitt. This will take some responsibility off of Pruitt’s plate, who called all the defensive plays last year. You can bet Pruitt will still be heavily involved, but he’s putting plenty of trust in Ansley. Pruitt noted familiarity with Ansley and also noted how good he was as a recruiter.
  • Pruitt filled his special teams vacancy with Kevin Sherrer after he spent a year carrying the defensive coordinator title. It’s a bit of a demotion for Sherrer, who will still coach the inside linebackers. Charles Kelly coordinated the special teams while coaching the safeties last season.
  • Pruitt noted that Jim Chaney can coach all of the offensive positions.