New Ball State Head Coach Mike Neu added two coaches to the football coaching staff and in the process added two new pieces of hardware to the staff's athletic acomplishments.
On Friday, Footballscoop.com announced the Neu had seleced Chevis Jackson, who spent last season as a Defensive Analyst for Louisiana State, will be named Defensive Backs Coach by Coach Neu. Jackson is a former All-SEC DB from LSU and a member of the Tigers' 2007 BCS National Championship Team. Jackson played for 5 different teams in 4 seasons in the NFL after being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
On Thursday, Ball State announced the hiring of Keith McKenzie, a former standout DE for the Ball State Cardinals, as the new Defensive Line Coach for the Cardinals. McKenzie, who is still the all-time leader in sacks at Ball State, is an 8 year NFL veteran and a member of the 1996 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Championship Team. McKenzie coached Linebackers the past 8 seasons at Wayne State, a division 2 school in Michigan.
With the addition of McKenzie and Jackson, the Cardinals coaching staff now has two Super Bowl Rings (Kyle DeVan – Indianapolis Colts - the other) and a National Championship ring.
One New Opening
The news of the two additions to the coaching staff came days after the news dropped that one of the former coaches was leaving. Daryl Dixon, the Cardinals Safeties Coach, was named as the LB Coach by the Army West Point Black Knights. Dixon will once again coach with former Ball State Defensive Coordinatore Jay Bateman who is now the DC for the Black Knights. Army's coaching staff now boasts three former Cardinal coaches in Dixon, Bateman and former Ball State WR Coach Keith Gaither.