CMU Football Completes 2006 Coaching Staff

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University head football coach Brian Kelly announced Monday the addition of Joe Tresey and Keith Gilmore to the Chippewa football coaching staff.

Joe Tresey will serve as defensive coordinator and coach the safeties, while Keith Gilmore will coach defensive linemen. He will also be the program's recruiting coordinator.

Tresey comes to CMU following a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia Southern University. The Eagles qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs in 2004 and 2005 and ranked fourth nationally in total defense (276.8 ypg) in 2004. Tresey mentored a pair of All-Southern Conference linebackers in John Mohring (2005) and Derrick Butler (2004).

After spending 10 years as the head coach at four different high schools in Ohio, Tresey broke into the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at Otterbein College. He spent four seasons at Otterbein before taking on the role of secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Military Institute, where he spent the 1999-2001 seasons. In 1999, his secondary led the Southern Conference in passing defense, and defensive back Richard Holland earned all-conference first team accolades.

Following his time at VMI, Tresey served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Akron for the 2002-03 seasons. In 2003, he mentored first team All-Mid-American selection Richard McKenzie and helped the Zips to their first seven-win season since 1999.

Tresey is a 1982 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in education. He earned his master of education in sports science degree from Ashland University in 1997.

"We conducted a national search for a coordinator and had a number of great candidates," Kelly said. "What we wanted and looked for was someone with Division I experience and who matched our philosophy of player development, and that person was Joe Tresey."

Gilmore arrives at CMU following four seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Howard University. Gilmore was also the defensive line coach for the Bison, who led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in total defense in 2004 (297.5 ypg) and 2005 (255.7 ypg).

Prior to his time at Howard, Gilmore spent the 1998-2001 seasons at Norfolk State. He was the special teams coordinator and also coached the defensive line and running backs while at Norfolk State.

A two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree at Wayne State (1979-80), Gilmore began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1985. From there, he served stints at Michigan State (1988), Northern Michigan (1989-90) and Grand Valley (1991-94) before returning to Wayne State for the 1994 season. Gilmore has experience in the MAC, having spent the 1995-97 seasons at Eastern Michigan as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach.

Gilmore graduated from Wayne State with a bachelor of science degree in recreation administration. He earned his master of arts degree in sports administration from Michigan State.

"We're very fortunate to have Keith Gilmore join our staff," Kelly said. "He's been very successful as a defensive coordinator and he's someone who I am close with since we coached together on the same staff for several seasons."

Kelly also announced a shifting of responsibilities among the returning members of the staff. Greg Forest will assume the duties of assistant head coach and will mentor the CMU tight ends in 2006, while Mike Elston will take on the duties of special teams coordinator and coach the linebackers. Ernest Jones will coach running backs this season, while Zach Shay will work directly with the cornerbacks. Jeff Quinn, as previously announced, will continue to serve as associate head coach and work with the offensive linemen, as well as take on the role of offensive coordinator.

"The one thing they all have in common is that they are great teachers," Kelly said. "One of the primary things we look for in all our coaches is the ability to work on both sides of the ball.

"Greg Forest has a great knowledge of our offense and it makes sense to have him working with a very important position like our tight ends," he added. "Ernest Jones has a background of working with skill players and he will be a nice fit for us at the running backs position. And, we have been very strong defensively with Mike Elston in charge and I know we will continue to excel on special teams with his leadership there."

Central Michigan led the Mid-American Conference in rushing defense in 2005, allowing just 113.7 yards per game on the ground. That effort was just two seasons removed from the Chippewas' ranking at the bottom of the conference in rushing defense (245.8 ypg). Midway through the 2005 season, the CMU defense held five straight opponents without a touchdown in the second half. The Chippewa defensive unit featured a trio of all-conference performers in MAC Defensive Player of the Year Daniel Bazuin and second team linebackers Isaac Brown and Thomas Keith.

CMU finished the 2005 season 6-5 overall, 5-3 in the MAC. It was the program's first winning season since 1998.

CMU Football 2006 Coaching Staff

Brian Kelly - head coach, quarterbacks

Jeff Quinn - associate head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line

Greg Forest - assistant head coach, tight ends

Joe Tresey - defensive coordinator, safeties

Mike Elston - special teams coordinator, linebackers

Keith Gilmore - defensive line, recruiting coordinator

Ernest Jones - running backs

Charley Molnar - wide receivers, passing game coordinator

Zach Shay - cornerbacks

Plas Presnell - director of football operations

Darryl Franklin - graduate assistant

Josh Reardon - graduate assistant

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