A quick note on Akron’s coaching staff.
The Zips haven’t formally announced the hirings of these three coaches, but I’ll take their Twitter accounts at face-value. Jonathan Cooley (defensive backs), Jayden Everett (running backs) and Bryan Gasser (wide receivers) all join Tom Arth’s venture at Akron this year.
With the three additions, Arth’s coaching staff is all filled up, so I’d expect an announcement from Akron very soon on the details. The Akron staff: Arth (head coach), Everett (RB), Gasser (WR), Chris Cook (tight ends/offensive tackles), Tommy Zagorski (inside OL), Matt Feeney (defensive coordinator), Brian Cochran (defensive line), Shelton Felton (inside linebackers), Cooley (DB), Oscar Rodriguez (secondary), and Chris Hurd (special teams coordinator).
Cooley’s title is defensive backs coach even though Oscar Rodriguez already holds the title of secondary coach. Just a detail Akron’s going to be ironing out, sure, but it caught my attention anyway. Cooley’s last job was across the street at Kent State, but was at Chattanooga before that.
Everett was at Eastern Illinois last year, at Central Michigan the year before that, and was at Indiana State (his alma mater, where he played linebacker) for four years before that. In his one MAC season, Jonathan Ward had a breakout sophomore season where he had 1,019 rushing yards, 470 receiving yards and 13 total TD. Akron really wants to kick ass in recruiting close to home, but Everett’s been responsible for finding talent in his home state of Indiana, so he’ll probably keep doing that, too.
Gasser was most recently Iowa State’s wide receivers coach. Gasser’s a Matt Campbell guy: five years together at Toledo, then three years together at Iowa State until January hit. Headlined by Campbell bringing back his boy Tom Manning to the ISU staff, Gasser’s contract would not be renewed. So basically, Gasser was a free agent and not actually hired away from Iowa State. There are plenty of talented players Gasser has helped groom, but I’m just going to hit publish on this article and watch some Allen Lazard highlights.