Mike Houston Announces His New Coaching Staff at ECU
-ECU Press Release
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- First-year ECU Head Football Coach Mike Houston, who was appointed to the position Dec. 3, officially announced the addition of 10 individuals to his initial Pirates’ staff on Friday, including two key support personnel. All have assumed their duties immediately.
Among the additions are eight coaches who were on Houston's staff at James Madison - five on the offensive side of the ball and three on defense. Houston also confirmed that Brandon Lynch, who served as cornerbacks coach on the Pirates' previous staff for the past two seasons, has been retained in the same role.
Offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick (2005-2015) and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler (1987-1991, 1998-2002, 2005-2009) both return to an ECU program they helped lead to a collective 12 bowl game appearances and back-to-back conference titles.
From a support staff standpoint, Houston reported that John Williams, Jr. will oversee the Pirates’ strength and conditioning program and that Dale Steele (1989-94, 2013-2015) has also returned to Greenville as director of football administration.
"I'm thrilled to introduce a staff which features a great combination of championship experience and youthful energy," Houston said. "Throughout their careers they have developed a proven track record of success at the highest levels, including the NFL and FBS, plus offer an energetic approach that matches their intensity.
"Not only have they been a part of winning programs and championships, all are men of high character who value the importance of family and embracing their community.”
The ECU football staff (BIOS) additions include:
Donnie Kirkpatrick - offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Bob Trott - defensive coordinator/safeties
Roy Tesh - special teams coordinator/bandits
Drew Dudzik - outside receivers
Jeff Hanson - defensive line
Fontel Mines - tight ends/inside receivers/recruiting coordinator
Steve Shankweiler - offensive line
De'Rail Sims - running backs
Brandon Lynch - cornerbacks
Dale Steele - director of football administration
John Williams, Jr. - director of strength & conditioning