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USF hires five football assistants



USF head coach Skip Holtz today announced the addition of five assistants --  Mark Snyder, Todd Fitch, Vernon Hargreaves, Peter Vaas and Rick Smith -- to his staff. He has not yet announced official staff titles or duties.

"I'm really excited to announce the addition of these five individuals to join the University of South Florida staff," said Holtz. "They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, relationships and recruiting background that will serve this program well.

"When you look at the five, there's experience as head coaches, coordinators -- offense and defense and special teams; they have all those titles that represent the Big Ten, the ACC, the Southeast Conference, the Big 12, NFL Europe - just a lot of experience that I am happy to have within the USF family."

Snyder spent the past four years as head coach at Marshall. He was the linebackers coach on Ohio State's 2002 national championship team and later became the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator.

Fitch worked with Holtz for 10-plus seasons at East Carolina, South Carolina and Connecticut.

Prior to spending three seasons with Holtz at ECU, Hargreaves coached at Miami for eight seasons. He was linebackers coach on Miami's 2001 national championship squad.

Vaas most recently was the offensive coordinator at Miami (Ohio). Prior to that, he worked with All-America quarterback Brady Quinn for two seasons at Notre Dame.

Smith, who spent five seasons with Holtz at ECU, is a Florida State graduate with extensive recruiting ties in the state.

The five new assistants join Kevin Patrick, Larry Scott, Carl Franks and Phil McGeoghan, who are holdovers from Jim Leavitt's staff at USF.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:57pm]


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