A look at Rich Ellerson's staff at West Point

New Army head coach Rich Ellerson is expected to bring much of his staff from Cal Poly to West Point. So that begs the question, who on Army's current staff stays, and who goes? Armysports.com predicts who Ellerson will retain and who he will let go in alphabetical order.

Wally Ake, secondary: He did a decent job with a young secondary this season. However, if Ellerson has someone he likes at the spot, Ake is done. We say 70-30 Ake is replaced.

Dan Baranik, wide receivers: We expect Ellerson to replace Baranik with Andy Guyader, his recruiting coordinator/ wide receivers and slot backs coach at Cal Poly. Guyader has been with Ellerson for five years. In the current spread option attack employed by Cal Poly, Guyader is directly responsible for four of the six possible yardage gainers on any play from scrimmage. He originally returned to his alma mater as an offensive assistant in 2004 working with the offensive line and has been the wide receiver coach since 2005.

Tony Coaxum, linebackers: Coaxum has something going for him. He played at Army. But Ellerson could bring in his Cal Poly inside linebackers coach Mel Kaufman, who played in three Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins.

Clarence Holmes, defensive line: Another former Army player. Payam Saadat, Ellerson's man at Cal Poly, could replace Holmes. This is a tough call.

Robert Lyles, linebackers: Did a great job this year, but there is the Kaufman factor. Another candidate to watch is Ben Kotwica, who starred at linebacker on Army's 1996 team. Kotwica currently works for the New York Jets.

Gary Miller, special teams: Is likely on his way out. Cal Poly doesn't have a special teams coach listed on its website.

John Miscianga, tight ends: Bobby Ross brought in Miscianga back in 2003. Their ties go back to Ross's days at Maryland in the early-1980s. There is really no need keep Miscianga around.

John Mumford, defensive coordinator: There is talk of Mumford staying on as defensive coordinator. It wouldn't be the end of the world, but Ellerson could do better.

John Tice, offensive line: His close relationship with ousted Stan Brock could factor into a decision on him. Brock and Tice first became acquainted sharing roster spots with the New Orleans Saints from 1983 through 1992.

Saga Tuitele, offensive line: Tuitele could easily be let go. He was brought in with lame duck offensive coordinator Tim Walsh.

Tim Walsh, offensive coordinator: After two years, Walsh is done at Army. Ellerson will most likely bring in his offensive coordinator at Cal Poly Ian Shields, a former Oregon State quarterback. Shields quarterbacked the Beavers to a 14-3 win over Oregon in 1981, Oregon State's first win in Eugene in 18 years. Despite a broken big toe, Shields scored on a six-yard bootleg for the go-ahead touchdown.

Adam Waugh, safeties: A good young coach who could be retained. He could even be Ake's successor.

Tucker Waugh, running backs and recruiting recruiter: The best bet to stay around. A good, young coach in his second term with Army.


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