For as many head coaches that change jobs during the annual coaching carousel, the number of assistant coaches that switch jobs far out-paces the head coaching changes in college football. As expected, when a head coach takes on a new job at a school, the odds are pretty good he’ll pull from his previous coaching staff to start building his new staff. Such appears to be the case for Scott Satterfield at Louisville and Mike Houston at East Carolina.
According to a report from Winston-Salem Journal, new Louisville head coach Satterfield will begin forming his Cardinals coaching staff with a few members of his former Appalachian State coaching staff. Appalachian State defensive coordinator Bryan Brown and offensive coordinator Frank Ponce will reportedly head to Louisville to fill roles that have not been clarified, although it would stand to reason they will carry the same roles under Satterfield with the Cardinals if and when they officially join the program.
How soon those additions take place remains to be seen. In the meantime, Appalachian State continues to prepare for a bowl game against Middle Tennessee while the coaching staff is in a transition without Satterfield.
At East Carolina, Houston will start building his coaching staff with members of his coaching staff at James Madison. According to a report from Daily News-Record, offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick and defensive coordinator Bob Trott will join Houston at East Carolina. For Kirkpatrick, this will be familiar territory as he previously coached at East Carolina for 11 seasons.
After initially being thought to be the next head coach at Charlotte, only to see a contract offer pulled from the table before it could come to be a reality, Mike Houston is leaving James Madison to be the next head coach at East Carolina instead. East Carolina officially announced the hiring of Houston on Monday after word had broken over the weekend Houston was considered close to becoming the new head coach of the Pirates program.
“I am so pleased to welcome Mike Houston, his wife, Amanda and their two boys to the East Carolina family,” East Carolina Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert said in a released statement. “Mike has worked his way up the coaching ranks and has a track record of success at every program he has led.”
Houston, a North Carolina native, comes to East Carolina after a successful yet brief three-year run at James Madison that saw the Dukes play for two national championships at the FCS level and winning one. Houston’s JMU squad was responsible for ending North Dakota State’s string of FCS national titles two seasons ago with a road win in Fargo, although North Dakota State got their revenge last year by topping the defending national champion Dukes in the national championship game. James Madison was eliminated in the FCS playoffs this season in the second round to close out the year with a 9-4 record.
East Carolina is coming off a third straight 3-9 season that resulting in parting ways with former head coach Scottie Montgomery. The Pirates have had four straight losing seasons after a record of 8-5 in their first season in the American Athletic Conference.
The search for the second head coach in the history of the Charlotte football program reportedly has come to an end. James Madison head coach Mike Houston will be the next head coach at Charlotte, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, via Twitter.
Houston would bring a national championship mentality to the Charlotte program from his time with James Madison. Houston coached the Dukes to the 2016 FCS national championship and took the program back to the national title game last season, where the Dukes were topped by North Dakota State. It was James Madison who snapped North Dakota’s postseason winning streak in the 2016 playoffs as well. He has earned a small handful of coach of the year awards for his performance with the FCS giant. Houston has a career head coaching record of 8-024 between three stops with Lenoir-Rhyne (a Division 2 program), The Citadel and James Madison. James Madison is currently participating in the FCS playoffs, so any official announcement from Charlotte may not be made until after James Madison’s postseason is over.
Houston began his coaching career in the state of North Carolina by coaching high school football. His knowledge of the recruiting landscape in the state of North Carolina should benefit him in taking Charlotte to the next stage of development as a young football program.
Charlotte started looking for a new head coach following the recent dismissal of Brad Lambert, who until this point had been the first and only head coach in the history of the 49ers program.
The college football world was dealt a scare on Tuesday. Citadel football player DaSean Daniels collapsed during a spring practice and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He remains in critical condition according to a report from The Post and Courier. The school says he is progressing well.
The freshman fullback reportedly underwent surgery in order to relieve pressure on his skull after being rushed by ambulance to Medical University Hospital following his collapse toward the end of a Tuesday practice.
“DaSean is an outstanding young man from a great family,” said Citadel coach Mike Houston. “The entire Citadel football community is praying for him and his family. He is an important part of The Citadel and our football family. We’ll support DaSean and his family during this difficult time.”
Unfortunately, these stories always seem to pop up every spring and again over the summer. The reason for Daniels’ collapse is unknown at this time, and whether it was weather-related or not is unconfirmed. For now, let’s hope for a full recovery for Daniels and go from there.