Duke tweaks staff

Former Duke running back Re'quan Boyette has been promoted to assistant coach, the school announced on Tuesday. Boyette, who will coach Duke’s running backs, served last season as a graduate assistant coach.

In addition, both John Latina and Kurt Roper have received assistant head coach titles while Latina also has been named the program’s run game coordinator. With the addition of Boyette, Zac Roper shifts from coaching the running backs to tight ends while assuming the roles of both special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Derek Jones becomes Duke’s assistant special teams coordinator in addition to coaching the defensive backs.

Boyette, who led Duke in rushing in 2006 and 2007, graduated in 2009 with a degree in sociology.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to promote Re’quan on to our full-time staff as an assistant coach,” coach David Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. “He has earned this opportunity in every regard. Re’quan has an outstanding knowledge of what we’re doing offensively. Obviously, he has performed within our system as a player, and now he’s taught it as a coach, and that puts him in touch with the young men he’s coaching. His past experience of coming out of the state of North Carolina, choosing Duke and seeing all of the opportunities that Duke has given him, really puts him in a great position to recruit to this great university.”

As a graduate assistant coach in 2012, Boyette helped the Blue Devils score a school single-season record 410 points as Duke reached a bowl game for the first time since 1994. He worked primarily with the running backs as the trio of Juwan Thompson, Josh Snead and Jela Duncan combined to rush for 1,401 yards on 283 attempts and averaged 4.95 yards per carry.

“I’m so thankful to Coach Cutcliffe for this opportunity,” Boyette said. “Duke University means the world to me, and it is a privilege to coach at my alma mater. Coach Cutcliffe and the staff have done so much over the past five years, and I’m excited to help push the program to even greater success.”