Haynes' Kent State football coaching staff nearly finalized

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

Paul Haynes has nearly completed his first Kent State coaching staff.

Holdovers from previous head coach Darrell Hazell's staff are Brian Rock, Brian George and Jeff Burrow. Rock will remain offensive coordinator, while George has been promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator and Burrow will continue to coach the safeties.

According to a combination of sources close to the team and Internet sources, the new hires are as follows:

n Ben Needham, linebackers, who was defensive graduate assistant at Ohio State last year; Antwan Sharpe, strength & conditioning, who previously coached with Haynes at Louisville; Amp Campbell, defensive backs, who coached DBs at Western Michigan last year; Doc Gamble, wide receivers, who coached at Alcorn State last year; Shawn Clark, offensive line, who coached O-line at Purdue the past four years; Ted Bahhur, running backs, who is a 1992 KSU grad, and was a student assistant when Haynes played at Kent State from 1987-91.

A tight ends coach has not been named, but Dave McMichael -- who coached tight ends and special teams for the Flashes last year -- may wind up staying put.

Members of Hazell's KSU staff who will reportedly follow him to Purdue are defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, running backs coach Jafar Williams, director of football operations Tommy Cook and strength coach Doug Davis.

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