Dameyune Craig (above, left) has coached with Gus Malzahn (right) for the past three seasons.
Auburn, Ala.--LSU, which lost its defensive coordinator to the Auburn Tigers, adding a member of Gus Malzahn’s football coaching staff to the coaching staff of Les Miles, LSU announced on Sunday afternoon.
Dameyune Craig, wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers since 2013, is returning to LSU where he coached as a graduate assistant in 2004.
“I want to thank the Auburn family for all of their love and support over the years,” Craig said. “My decision to make this career move is in no way a reflection of Auburn or the Auburn family. It is strictly a professional decision. It’s about growing as a coach and, hopefully, one day becoming a head coach.
“Auburn has played a pivotal role in my professional and personal life," Craig said. "Words can't express how grateful I am to the Auburn family and all of the incredible people who are part of that wonderful community. I will forever be indebted to the opportunities that Auburn gave me.”
After the announcement that Craig had taken a post as LSU's wide receivers coach, Malzahn said, "I want to thank Dameyune for his contributions during the last three years and wish him and his family nothing but the best. We will work quickly to search for his replacement."
The former Auburn quarterback left FSU, where he served as coach of the quarterbacks in 2010-12, to join Malzahn’s staff at Auburn and has been co-offensive coordinator with Rhett Lashlee the past three years. Lashlee is also Auburn's quarterback coach.
Malzahn’s 2016 staff includes new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, who in January left his job as defensive coordinator at LSU to take an assignment at Auburn. The Tigers also promoted Travis Williams to linebackers coach and hired Wesley McGriff from the New Orleans Saints to coach the secondary. Williams was a defensive analyst who coached the linebackers in Auburn's bowl victory over Memphis.
On offense Malzahn hired Herb Hand away from Penn State to coach the line. Hand and Malzahn worked together previously as co-offensive coordinators at Tulsa.
Dameyune Craig holds the Auburn record for passing yards in a season with 3,227.
Craig, a 2002 AU graduate, played for the Tigers from 1994-97. In 1998-2001 he was a quarterback for the NFL's Carolina Panthers and in 2002 he was with the Washington Redskins. He also played for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe and set a single-game league record of 611 total yards vs. Frankfort.
Other coaching stops have been at his alma mater, Blount High in Prichard in 2002, the Miami Dolphins in 2005, Tuskegee University in 2006-07 and South Alabama in 2008-09. Craig coached quarterbacks at Tuskegee and wide receivers for South Alabama.