UConn's Diaco chooses assistant football coaches
Storrs - Bob Diaco wanted to hit the ground running after a two-week holiday break and he was true to his word.
UConn's new football coach officially announced his coaching staff on Monday and every assistant with the exception of offensive line coach Mike Foley - the lone holdover from the 2013 Husky coaching staff - has a direct tie to Diaco, the ex-Notre Dame defensive coordinator who took over the program on Dec. 12.
With his new staff finally assembled, Diaco and his assistants are expected to hit the recruiting trail with the national signing day (Feb. 5) just a little over a month away. UConn, according to Rivals.com, has nine previous commitments from the previous coaching staff, including Ansonia's record-setting running back Arkeel Newsome and quarterback Logan Marchi of St. Paul.
In addition to Foley, who joined the UConn coaching staff in 2006, Diaco has added Don Patterson (associate head coach/quarterbacks), Mike Cummings (offensive coordinator/tight ends), Anthony Poindexter (defensive coordinator/safeties), Wayne Lineburg (special teams coordinator/wide receivers), Vincent Brown (co-defensive coordinator/linebackers), Kevin Wolthausen (recruiting coordinator/defensive line), Ernest T. Jones (running backs/player engagement) and Josh Reardon (co-special teams coordinator/cornerbacks).
Patterson was an assistant when Diaco played at Iowa (1992-95), Cummings (2001-02) and Wolthausen (2002) were assistants with Diaco at Eastern Michigan, Lineburg (2007-08), Poindexter (2006-08) and Brown (2007) were assistants with Diaco at Virginia, and Jones (2012-13) and Reardon (2013) were assistants with Diaco at Notre Dame.
Following is a brief look at the new staff members:
• Patterson, a 1973 Army graduate, was the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Buffalo for the last three seasons and also spent 18 years under legendary Iowa coach Hayden Fry (1979-98), including six as the Hawkeyes' offensive coordinator.
• Cummings (Buffalo, 1984) was the offensive coordinator at Central Michigan for the last four seasons and coached offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the first player in Central Michigan and Mid-American Conference history to be selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.
• Poindexter (Virginia, 1999) was an All-American safety for the Cavaliers, was a member of the Super Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens, and has spent 10 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, including the last three seasons coaching the safeties.
• Lineburg (Virginia, 1996) played quarterback for the Cavaliers, was an assistant at Virginia from 2007-09 and spent the last four seasons in various roles at Richmond, including being the interim coach in 2011.
• Brown (Mississippi Valley State, 1988) got into coaching after playing eight seasons with the New England Patriots and earning All-Pro honors in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at Virginia (he was a graduate assistant in 2007 when Diaco coached at Virginia).
• Wolthausen (Humboldt Sate, 1981) is the veteran of the staff (34 years as a coach). He was the special teams coach at Florida International last season and has coached at Arizona, USC, Oklahoma and Louisville, along with a stint in the NFL (Atlanta Falcons). He has coached in 18 bowl games, including four Rose Bowls.
• Jones (Alcorn State, 1995) was the head coach at his alma mater in 2008 before joining the coaching staff at Cincinnati under Brian Kelly, where he coached in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. He joined Kelly at Notre Dame and was on the sideline for the 2013 BCS National Championship game against Alabama.
• Reardon (Central Michigan, 2006) spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame but also spent three years at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, including one as the defensive coordinator.
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