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USF football coach Skip Holtz fills out coaching staff

TAMPA — USF coach Skip Holtz filled out his coaching staff, bringing three assistants from East Carolina and adding two other outsiders to the four holdovers from Jim Leavitt's staff.

The additions are Mark Snyder, Todd Fitch, Vernon Hargreaves, Peter Vaas and Rick Smith.

"When you look at the five, there's experience as head coaches, coordinators — offense and defense and special teams," Holtz said in a statement. "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."

Holtz did not announce titles or duties, but Snyder is a good bet to be defensive coordinator.

He 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.

"Mark Snyder is a high-energy, emotional and passionate coach," Holtz said.

Vaas and Fitch are likely to lead the offense.

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

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

Before spending the past three seasons at ECU, Hargreaves coached at Miami for eight seasons. He was linebackers coach on Miami's 2001 national championship squad.

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

The five new assistants join Kevin Patrick (defensive line), Larry Scott (offensive line), Carl Franks (running backs) and Phil McGeoghan (receivers), who are holdovers from Leavitt's staff.

HOUSTON: Coach Kevin Sumlin agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2015 season.

MEMPHIS: Coach Larry Porter hired former Texas Tech assistant Brian Mitchell, who likely will be cornerbacks coach.

PITT: Scott Turner, an offensive assistant the past two seasons and the son of Chargers coach Norv Turner, was promoted to receivers coach.

TENNESSEE: Charlie Baggett, an 11-year NFL assistant, joined coach Derek Dooley as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

USF football coach Skip Holtz fills out coaching staff 01/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 8:59pm]
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