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New UCA football staff: A capsule glance

Posted: January 14, 2014 - 6:31pm

OFFENSE

Nathan Brown, coodinator/QBs

Alma mater: UCA

Previous: UCA staff. Coached All-Americans Nathan Dick and Wynrick Smothers. Bears have passed for more than 3,400 yards per season under Brown’s leadership.

Campbell says: “He was a great player and great leader. I committed to him early to be on my staff. He’s a young rising star in our profession.”

Mike McCarty, running backs/recruiting coordinator

Alma mater: Oregon

Previous: Holmes Community College, Hofstra, Illinois State, Troy, Nicholls State, Stony Brook, Arkansas State, Elon, Bryant.

Campbell says: “He may have caught the first bubble screen in history as a receiver for Rich Brooks at Oregon. He’s got a good offensive mind and is a great recruiter.”

Pete Bennett, wide receivers

Alma mater: North Carolina Wesleyan/Florida Southern

Previous: Wide receivers coach under Campbell at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last six seasons, developed three All-America receivers. Coached No. 1 JC prospect D’haquille Williams, who recent signed with Auburn.

Campbell says: “With him in charge, Mississippi Gulf Coast won the award among Mississippi junior colleges for the best graduation rate the last three years in a row.”

D.J Looney, tackles/tight ends

Alma mater: Mississippi State

Previous: Offensive line coach the last two seasons at East Mississippi Community College, which won the National Junior College title last year.

Campbell says: “In Mississippi, it’s usually been Mississippi Gulf Coast and East Mississippi Community College for the top spots. We recruited a lot of the same territory in recruiting and he is the coach I kept running into on the recruiting trail. You had to stay on top of things in recruiting to keep up with him. He’s also a good line coach and another young star in our profession.”

Robert “Boomer” Cunningham, director of football operations/offensive line

Alma mater: UCA (center on some of teams with Nathan Brown)

Previous: graduate assistant, UCA, 2010-2012

Campbell said: “When I got here, there was a lot of logistics and a million questions and he would always stand there with the answers. He had all the recruiting lists and got us up to speed there.”

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DEFENSE

Greg Stewart, coordinator

Alma mater: Troy

Previous: Louisiana-Lafayette, 20 seasons (two stints) at Jacksonville State, including 1992 Division II national championship team. Placed 33 players on All-Ohio Valley Conference teams after it joined the league in 2003. Has coached 13 All-Americans. Nickname is “Haystacks” or “coach Stacks.”

Campbell says: “I wanted somebody who has done it successfully at this level before. You want a solid guy when the bullets start flying at you. He was a noseguard and I was a center at Troy and we butted heads in the spring, two-a-days and even into the dorm. He was the defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State when they beat Ole Miss.”

Dan Augustine, defensive line/special teams

Alma mater: Baylor

Previous: UCA (Coached 14 All-Southland Players). Coached NFL draft picks Larry Hart (now an assistant at Arkansas State) and Markell Carter and free-agent kicker Eddie Carmona and 2012 SLC Freshman of the Year Jonathan Woodard. Coached defensive line under Stewart at Jacksonville State.

Campbell says: “At Mississippi Gulf Coast, college coaches throughout the country come through checking out your players. One thing that was most impressive was just the way he did his job as a recruiter. He was thorough and did all the little things special coaches do.” He was originally set to go with Conque to Stephen F. Austin. “But he and coach Stewart had worked together at Jacksonville State and I wanted him on our staff. When I talked to him, he told me UCA was where he wanted to be.”

Tommy Rybacki, cornerbacks

Alma mater: Jacksonville State

Previous: Graduate assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette; worked six seasons under Stewart at Jacksonville State.

Campbell says: “When he and coach Stewart and coach Augustine were at Jacksonville State, they led the Ohio Valley in total defense. He was the cornerbacks coach at Louisiana. He told me that New Orleans Bowls are real nice, but he wants to win a national championship.”

Ron Carpenter, safeties

Alma mater: Miami of Ohio

Previous: Miami of Ohio, Indiana. He played seven seasons in the NFL for the Bengals, Jets and Rams, where he played on a Super Bowl championship team

Campbell says: “he has great recruiting ties in Missouri. You can tell a guy how to do it after reading a book but when you tell a guy how to do it after having played at the highest level, you can’t do any better than that.”
Harland Bower, outside linebackers

Alma mater: Central Michigan/Georgia Southern.

Previous: Murray State, Rutgers, Troy.

Campbell says: “He’s a young coach with outstanding recruiting ties.”

Robert Stiner Jr, Strength and conditioning

Alma mater: Belhaven College, Valdosta State

Previous: assistant strength and conditioning coach, Mississippi State; Interned at LSU and Baylor working with football and Olympic sports.

Campbell says: You want somebody very good at this position because strength coaches are with your players the longest. He was the right-hand man at what some coaches consider the best program in the country.”

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