There will be plenty of experience, reaching all the way to the pro levels, spread around the Montgomery Bell Academy football staff for the upcoming season.
The defending DII state champs have assembled an impressive array of talented coaches, a lineup which Big Red head coach Daniel McGugin announced this week.
Coming on board are:
• Chris Sanders, wide receivers coach: Ex-Ohio State star is a former Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans wide receiver, playing eight seasons in the NFL, and has worked for the past three years as a football and track assistant at CPA. He was a third-round draft choice in ’95.
• Orlando Mitjans, defensive backs coach: Former Northeastern star, Mitjans has played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, served as defensive coordinator at Tennessee State in 2005 before taking the same position at Eastern Kentucky and has worked summer camps for the NFL Jets, Rams and Chiefs.
• Jonas Rodriguez defensive coordinator, linebackers coach: Former MBA star played on football (’99 and 2000) and basketball (2000) state championship teams at MBA, Rodriguez was a four-year letterman at Yale and coached with McGugin for two years at FRA, 2004-05.
• Matthew Jacques, cornerbacks: Like Rodriguez, Jacques played on state football championship teams at MBA and went on to play at Yale, where he was an outstanding defensive back.
They replace defensive co-ordinator Floyd Elliott and defensive backs coach Jamie Redmond, who both resigned recently to go to Brentwood Academy, and offensive line coach James Counce, who departed to coach at Dyersburg.
“We are blessed to have all these outstanding coaches join us,’’ McGugin said. “They love football, they love young people but most importantly they love what MBA stands for. They will blend in perfectly with those already here to make sure we do our part to educate the players consistent to our mission at MBA.’’