Chippewas Name New Assistant Football Coach

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University head football coach Brian Kelly announced the hiring of Zach Shay as a new assistant coach.

Shay will coach the safeties on defense and will take the place of Kerry Cooks who was a member of the staff for a short period of time early in February. He went to the University of Minnesota as an assistant coach.

"Zach has a great deal of experience in coaching the safeties," said Kelly. "He has coached at the Divison II, Division IAA and Division IA levels.

"He has specific knowledge of our defense because of his experience with the University of Georgia."

Shay has been a member of the staff at Georgia since June of 2003 as a graduate assistant defensive secondary coach.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa, Zach was a member of the Hawkeye team that won the Sun Bowl in 1995 and the Alamo Bowl in 1996, and lost in the Sun Bowl in 1997.

Shay began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Western Illinois and then became the head strength and conditioning coach at WIU in 2000 where he also served as a graduate assistant on defense from 1999-2001.

In 2001, he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. From there, Zach served as the head football coach at Galesburg High in Galesburg, Illinois in 2002 before moving to Georgia where he worked with former Central Michigan assistant Willie Martinez.

As to Cooks' short stay in Mount Pleasant, Kelly said: "Kerry is obviously a talented young coach who took a great opportunity for professional growth by moving to the Big Ten. We wish him the best."

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