Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • USF Sports Bulletin
  • Joey Knight

For a change, USF football staff remains the same

When the 2018 Bulls hit the Morsani Complex fields March 5 for their inaugural spring practice, they'll be greeted by a stabilizing force of sorts.

Familiar faces, all around.

For the first time since 2011, USF will enter the season with the same coaching staff from the previous year. The coordinator carousel has stopped. No new terminology to decipher, no fresh philosophy to ingest.

For USF's veteran offensive linemen, the familiarity must be especially refreshing. This spring marks the first time in their respective college careers they enter a season with the same position coach (Matt Mattox) from the previous year.

Mattox is USF's first o-line coach to remain on staff for more than one season since Steve Shankweiler from the Skip Holtz regime. On the other side, Brian Jean-Mary is the Bulls' first defensive coordinator to remain for a second season since Chuck Bresnahan in 2014.

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And while Willie Taggart was the play-caller for most of his four-season tenure, the '18 season technically marks the first time in six years USF will have the same offensive coordinator (Sterlin Gilbert) from the previous season.

The only staff alteration: the addition of a 10th assistant coach. The NCAA approved a measure last year allowing football programs to add another assistant starting this season. Coach Charlie Strong is expected to announce his newest staffer in the next few days.

Revolving doorstop

A look at some of the recent turnover on USF's coaching staff. For the first time since 2011, USF will enter the season with the same staff from the previous year.

Offensive line coach
2012: Steve Shankweiler
2013: Walt Wells
2014: Paul Wulff
2015: Danny Hope
2016: Darren Hiller
2017: Matt Mattox
2018: Matt Mattox

Defensive coordinator
2012: Chris Cosh
2013: Chuck Bresnahan
2014: Chuck Bresnahan
2015: Tom Allen
2016: Raymond Woodie
2017: Brian Jean-Mary
2018: Brian Jean-Mary

Offensive coordinator
2012: Todd Fitch
2013: Walt Wells
2014: Paul Wulff
2015: Danny Hope (run game)/David Reaves (pass game)
2016: Darren Hiller (run game)/T.J. Weist (pass game)
2017: Sterlin Gilbert
2018: Sterlin Gilbert

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