Sean Lewis‘ first staff at Kent State will come armed with a famous coaching surname.
The football program announced Monday that Lewis has hired a total of six new assistants. One of the coaching sextet is Mackey MacPherson, the grandson of former Syracuse head coach Dick MacPherson.
The younger MacPherson will coach the Golden Flashes running backs after spending the past two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant with the Orange. Both Lewis and MacPherson were on Dino Babers‘ staff at the ‘Cuse.
The other full-time assistant hired by Lewis are as follows:
Zac Barton — special teams coordinator
Brian Cochran — defensive line
Jon Cooley — safeties coach
Matt Middleton — wide receivers coach
Bill O’Boyle — offensive line
Nearly two weeks ago, Lewis announced the hiring of his coordinators on both sides of the ball.
One day after Woody Barrett announced that he has found a new college football home, the school has confirmed as much.
Kent State sent out a press release Monday evening acknowledging that Barrett has signed with the football program. After spending the 2017 season at a Mississippi junior college, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.
Counting this coming season, Barrett will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re excited about Woody’s potential, his ability and his raw tools both throwing and running the football,” new Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis said in a statement. “And we’re excited to have him on campus to be training with our team as we get ready for spring ball.”
A four-star member of Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class, Barrett was rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country that cycle. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then opted to transfer from the Tigers in May of last year, ultimately ending up at the JUCO level.
At Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season, Barrett passed for 1,294 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games, adding another 485 and six on the ground.
Woody Barrett signed with Auburn in 2016 but never saw the field for the Tigers. However, his dream of playing FBS quarterback was not dead.
A 3-star prospect from Winter Garden, Fla., Barrett spent the 2017 season at Mississippi’s Copiah-Lincoln Community College, but on Sunday announced his return to FBS.
Barrett has committed to Kent State, according to a post on his Twitter account.
Barrett will play for head coach Sean Lewis and offensive coordinator Andrew Sowder, a pair who worked together previously at Bowling Green and are students of the Art Briles playbook.
According to Auburn Undercover, Barrett threw for 1,294 yards and rushed for 485 yards with 14 total touchdowns for Copiah-Lincoln this season, but also turned the ball over seven times in nine games.
Rising senior George Ballas led Kent State with 1,133 yards with four touchdowns against 12 interceptions this season. As a team, the Golden Flashes completed 48.7 yards per attempt for 6.3 yards per attempt with eight touchdowns against 15 interceptions, good for 125th nationally in passing efficiency en route to a 2-10 season.
Arguably the two most important hires Sean Lewis makes as he embarks on his first head-coaching job are in place.
Kent State announced Friday that Andrew Sowder and Tom Kaufman have been added to his first coaching staff, the former on the offensive side and the latter on the defensive side. Kaufman will also carry the title of associate head coach for the Golden Flashes.
“Tom is a Northeast Ohio guy,” the first-year head coach said in a statement. “He’s a relentless recruiter and a great football mind. He’s going to bring an aggressive, attacking defense that was No. 1 in the SoCon last year. I couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. …
“I have a great relationship with Andrew. He helped groom and develop Roger Lewis who’s an NFL starter with the New York Giants. He understands our system and the idea of playing FlashFast. He fully embraces it and I can’t wait to get on the field with him.”
Sowder spent the 2017 season as the offensive coordinator and right ends coach at San Jose State. Kaufman was the defensive coordinator at FCS Chattanooga in this past season.
Lewis and Kaufman worked together on the same staff at Syracuse in 2016, the former as offensive coordinator and the latter as special teams coordinator/linebackers coach.
The last head-coaching vacancy at the FBS level has officially been filled.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Sean Lewis was set to be named as the next head coach at Kent State. Thursday afternoon, the football program confirmed the hiring of the Syracuse offensive coordinator.
Lewis replaces Paul Haynes, who was fired last month after five years on the job.
“We are thrilled to bring Sean to Kent State,” athletic director Joel Nielsen said in a statement. “Sean brings an innovative style of football to Kent State with an offensive system that is proven in the MAC. We are confident Sean can build broad support and engagement in our program along with competitive success.”
At age 31, Lewis becomes the youngest head coach in the FBS. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley (34) had previously held that honor.
Lewis, who played his college football under Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin, spent the past six seasons working with Dino Babers — Syracuse (2016-17), Bowling Green (2014-15) and Eastern Illinois University (2012-13). He began his coaching career at this level in 2011 (2011!!!) as a graduate assistant at Akron; his first job at any level came at an Illinois high school in 2007.