Sun Devils fill out football support staff


Arizona State announced the hiring of six football support positions on Wednesday, including an intern position for former Sun Devils standout Rudy Burgess.

Here's the press release:

Burgess will join the staff as the Management Intern for Football and returns to ASU after a short professional stint where he saw time in the Arena Football League, CFL and the NFL. Burgess was one of the most versatile athletes in ASU history, having played wide receiver, tailback, cornerback, kickoff and punt returner and also throwing a touchdown pass during his Sun Devil career.

Burgess became one of only 14 players in FBS history to record over 1,000 yards in the rushing, receiving and return categories. He accumulated 4,379 all-purpose yards as a Sun Devil with 19 total touchdowns and was the ultimate team player and would do anything the coaches asked of him, including changing his position three times.

The 2007 alumnus most recently competed on the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League as a wide receiver, but saw time on the practice squads of several NFL teams and the CFL Edmonton Eskimos during his professional playing career.

Bo Graham has been named the On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator at ASU. Graham spent last season at the University of Pittsburgh, serving as the head graduate assistant and assistant wide receivers coach.

Before arriving at Pitt, Graham spent one season as the Offensive Coordinator at Tulsa Central High School. Prior to his time at TCHS, Graham was at the University of Tulsa as the running backs coach in 2007 and 2008.

Tulsa led the country in total offense during both of Graham’s seasons and in 2008 Tulsa ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense. Graham guided running back Tarrion Adams into becoming the first running back in Tulsa history with over 3,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards. Adams also recorded two straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons, becoming Tulsa’s single-season and career record holder.

Graham spent the 2006 season at Rice University as coordinator of speed and skill development and as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Graham served three seasons (2003-2005) as a student assistant coach at Tulsa, working with the secondary. In each of his three seasons as an undergrad, Tulsa’s defense ranked among the Top 40 nationally in takeaways, interceptions, pass defense efficiency, pass defense and total defense.

Graham played his college football at West Virginia as a walk-on receiver in 2001. Following an injury, Graham moved to the sidelines as a student assistant coach for the Mountaineers in 2002 before transferring to Tulsa. He earned his degree in exercise sports science with a minor in marketing from Tulsa in 2006.

John Sanders will come to the Sun Devils as the Coordinator of Football Operations after a successful career as the head coach at Scottsdale Saguaro High School, where he compiled a 62-7 overall record at the helm and recently led the team to the Division III state title.

Sanders will help oversee the day-to-day operations of the football program in his new role. Sanders took over as the head coach of the Sabercats in 2007 after spending five years as the defensive coordinator. In his first season, he led the team to a 14-0 record and a state championship.

Sanders’ coaching career spans over 30 years, beginning as the receivers coach at Boise State from 1976-79 and saw stints at the UC San Diego, Colorado, the L.A. Express as part of the USFL and the Houston Oilers, where he was the tight ends coach in 1985.

Sanders began coaching at Arizona high schools in 1999 at Highland High School before coaching defensive backs at Desert Ridge in 2002 prior to his arrival at Saguaro.

Sanders is a graduate of the University of Southern Utah where he was also a member of the football team. He has two children, John (21) and Samantha (20).

The Sun Devils have also named Lee Coleman as a Management Intern. Coleman joins the Sun Devils after serving as a graduate assistant with the University of Pittsburgh football program.

Coleman previously attended Northwestern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in education and social policy. He also played on the Northwestern football team at wide receiver, and was named the Team Position Leader during his senior year.

Coleman formerly worked as a youth basketball coach and mentor with the Bill Carmody Basketball Camp as well as an adviser at the Gatorade Camp, both in Evanston, Ill. Additionally, he has volunteered with the Special Olympics and Misericordia.

Coleman was awarded the Willard J. and Evelyn G. Buntain Family Football Scholarship inNovember 2010 as well, recognizing his spirit of dedication, loyalty, and commitment to Northwestern University.

Graham will also add two graduate assistants to the staff in Keola Loo, who will work with the offense, and Dan Lanning, who will work with the defense.

Loo comes to Arizona State from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., where he was an assistant football coach and a member of the adjunct faculty.

At Mt. San Antonio, Loo oversaw the offensive line and tight ends and assisted with organizing the weekly practice and game plan and helped with organizing position drills. Loo was also the recruiting coordinator for Hawai’i and the Orange County area.

During Loo’s time at Mt. San Antonio, the football team was the 2009 and 2010 National Junior College Champions and had won five consecutive Southern California Championships.

Loo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminology from Washington State University in 2005 and his Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Orange Coast College in 2003.

Lanning arrives at Arizona State after spending the last season with Graham at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a graduate assistant charged with working with the defensive backs.

Lanning worked with the corners and safeties and was the lead recruiter for several states in the Northeast while he was with the Panthers and was a member of the coaching staff that helped Pitt advance to the BBVA Compass Bowl at the conclusion of this season.

Prior to his stint at Pittsburgh, Lanning was an assistant football coach at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo. There, Lanning worked with the defensive backs and wide receivers, as well as serving as the special teams coordinator.

Lanning earned his Master’s Degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University in Missouri in 2010 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Physical Education and Secondary Education from William Jewell College in Missouri in 2008.