Ball State announces promotion of assistants

Two of the three assistants who were retained from the previous coaching staff have been given new titles and promotions by new Head Coach Stan Parrish.

Two Ball State assistant football coaches -- Eddie Faulkner and John Powers -- will assume the roles of coordinators on the Cardinals football staff, according to first-year head coach Stan Parrish.

Faulkner, who has coached the running backs at Ball State for the last four seasons, will serve as the Cardinals offensive coordinator in addition to coaching the running backs in 2009. He helped tutor MiQuale Lewis to a career high 1,736 rushing yards in 2008, which set the Ball State single season rushing record. In addition, in his three seasons, Lewis has rushed for 2,436 yards despite playing in only 24 games due to injuries. Lewis ranks sixth in Ball State annals for rushing yards in a career. Faulkner, who became a full-time coach at Ball State in 2005, spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the Cardinals. Prior to coming to Ball State, Faulkner spent the 2002 season as an assistant coach at Anderson University.

A native of Muncie, Ind., and a 1996 graduate of Muncie Central High School, Faulkner earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and his master's from Ball State in 2004. As a student-athlete at Wisconsin, Faulkner earned four letters in football as a running back and helped the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and five bowl games in his career. He was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League plus was a free agent signee by the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001. He is married to the former Anissa McPeek, and is the father of two children -- Eddie IV and Madison.Powers, who spent the 2008 season coaching the tackles and tight ends, will serve as Ball State's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach beginning in 2009.

Powers joined the Ball State coaching staff in 2006 and coached the offensive line in 2006 and 2007. He tutored a 2007 offensive line which blocked for a record setting 5,640 yards in total offense, including a school record 3,667 passing yards and a school standard 30 passing touchdowns. Prior to coming to Ball State, Powers spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Lehigh, where he also served as the school's recruiting coordinator in 2005. From 1997-2000, he was the recruiting coordinator and run game coordinator at Columbia. He served as an assistant at Wagner in 1995-96, after serving as a graduate assistant at Columbia in 1993-94 and at Wagner in 1992.

A 1986 graduate of Haverford High School in Pennsylvania, Powers earned his bachelor's degree from Villanova in 1990. He was a two-year football letterwinner at Villanova and a member of the 1989 Yankee Conference Championship team. Married to the former Shannon Holligan, the couple has three children -- Rory, Riley and Patrick.

"We are pleased to announce the promotions of these two coaches," Parrish says. "They are outstanding individuals who are dedicated to continuing the momentum we have built with the Ball State football program. Coach Faulkner has done a great job with our running backs and our entire offense in his time at Ball State. With my move to head coach, he will assume many of the responsibilities of the offense in terms of game planning and preparation. Coach Powers is an excellent football coach with the organizational skills to oversee our recruiting efforts. He has worked closely with our recruiting in the past, and is ready to take on this challenge. Recruiting is a very important aspect of college football, and we need to continue the progress we have made at Ball State. We are very pleased with how our staff is shaping up, and look forward to future additions as we continue to add quality coaches."

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