Thursday, January 3, 2013
MacIntyre hires six from San Jose State
By Kevin Gemmell
New Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is bringing most of his staff with him from San Jose State. MacIntyre has hired six former assistants from the Spartans, according to a report from the Daily Camera, including both coordinator positions.
Writes Kyle Ringo:
MacIntyre has hired Brian Lindgren as offensive coordinator and Kent Baer as defensive coordinator. Klayton Adams, Gary Bernardi, Charles Clark and Jim Jeffcoat also have been hired. What positions those four will be assigned to coach and what titles and responsibilities each will hold were still being refined.
This is a solid first step by MacIntyre. Because while he gets a lot of the credit for turning San Jose State around, he clearly didn't do it all on his own. He did it with his guys.
And as coaches move up the ladder, sometimes loyalty gets lost along the way. With a bigger spending pool for assistants, sometimes there is the desire to go out and get "bigger-name" coordinators. But MacIntyre clearly believes in his staff and the job they did turning the Spartans into an 11-win team.
After it became clear San Jose State wouldn't hire its new head coach from within -- going instead with San Diego's Ron Caragher -- it would make sense that MacIntyre's guys would go with him. Baer, who coached the Spartans to a 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl, reportedly wanted the job but was passed over for Caragher. Baer is no stranger to the Pac-12, having served various roles throughout his career at Cal, Stanford, Washington and Arizona State.
Nice to see MacIntyre repaying the loyalty to the coaches who helped him get to where he is.