Just a day after being announced as the head coach, Scott Frost announced seven members of his new staff at Nebraska.
Erik Chinander (defensive coordinator), Greg Austin (offensive line), Mike Dawson (defensive line), Jovan Dewitt (outside linebackers and special teams), Travis Fisher (defensive backs), Ryan Held (running backs) and Mario Verduzco (quarterbacks) will all come over from Central Florida along with Frost.
That group of seven brings a combined 123 years of coaching experience, according to a press release, and Frost said he’s excited to have them on board.
“This is an outstanding group of coaches and men of tremendous character who have played a key role in our success at UCF the past two seasons,” Frost said, per a release. “They are excellent teachers, mentors and recruiters and have earned great respect from the young men who play for them. I am proud they have chosen to join our staff as we get started at Nebraska.”
On Sunday, Frost said that he doesn’t believe in hiring big-name assistants just because he has taken a big-name job. "The guys that helped us win there can help us win here,” he said.
Former Husker Barrett Ruud will also join Frost’s staff. Though the release doesn’t specify what his title will be, Ruud is expected to become a linebackers coach. With Dewitt coaching outside linebackers, Ruud could handle the inside linebackers.
Austin and Held are also former Husker players.
Notably absent from the list of staff hires is an offensive coordinator and a wide receiver coach.
Troy Walters, Frost’s offensive coordinator at Central Florida, remains in Orlando as the interim coach and possible permanent replacement. As for a wideout coach, that leaves the door open for a return of Keith Williams, the wide receivers coach under former head coach Mike Riley.
But, with Ruud on board, the Huskers will only have two assistant spots left with three positions to fill: offensive coordinator, wide receiver coach and tight end coach.
The Huskers can officially have 10 assistants on staff beginning on Jan. 9.
The new assistants will all have two-year contracts. The release states the assistant coaches are currently part-time employees to allow them to coach UCF in the Peach Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.