Thursday, January 13, 2011
Indiana's Wilson continues to upgrade staff
By Adam Rittenberg
Kevin Wilson hasn't recorded his first victory as Indiana coach, but he's putting together a winning staff.
Wilson on Thursday announced the additions of three more assistants, including two from the staff of recently fired Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. Rod Smith and Greg Frey, who worked under Rodriguez at Michigan, come to Indiana along with Jerry Montgomery.
Smith, who helped mold Denard Robinson into the 2010 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, will serve as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He'll share coordinator duties with receivers coach Kevin Johns.
Frey will coach Indiana's offensive line after doing a good job with Michigan's front this season.
“I’ve had previous relationships with Rod Smith and Greg Frey having built some of our past offenses with coach [Rich] Rodriguez and having continued to visit and study with those guys," Wilson said in a statement. "It is going to be a natural transition for both of them. They are well-versed in the no-huddle style and know how to coach it."
Montgomery, a former defensive tackle at Iowa who spent the past two seasons coaching at Wyoming, will work with Indiana's defensive tackles. Mark Hagen will work with the defensive ends and serve as special teams coordinator.
So here is Wilson's updated staff:
Doug Mallory: Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Mike Ekeler: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Mark Hagen: Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator
Jerry Montgomery: Defensive Tackles
Corey Raymond: Cornerbacks
Kevin Johns: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Rod Smith: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Greg Frey: Offensive Line
Wilson's ninth and final assistant -- still to be hired -- will coach running backs and serve as recruiting coordinator.
It'll be interesting to see how Smith's hiring impacts where Indiana goes with its next quarterback. Edward Wright-Baker seems a little closer to the Denard Robinson mold, but Wilson's offenses at Oklahoma also featured more traditional quarterbacks.