New DB Coach Hired

Last week we warned you to stay tuned after Idaho lost DB coach Darryl Lewis to the Oregon State Beavs just days after he signed on with the Vandals.<br> <br> Well, never fear! Coach Cable found another NFL veteran, this time hiring <b>Greg Jackson</b> who brings 12 years of NFL experience (he just retired in 2001) and a Super Bowl ring with him to Moscow.<br> <br> Welcome aboard coach!<br> <br>

VandalVenue.com would like to welcome NFL veteran Greg Jackson and former University of Wisconsin Graduate Assistant Spence Nowinsky to the University of Idaho coaching staff for this coming season. Coach Cable also announced an internal promotion of one of last year's Graduate Assistants, Chris Bishop, who will have double duties as Recruiting Coordinator and also as Assistant Special Teams coach. Welcome aboard guys, and we wish them the best of luck next fall.

A break-down of this year's coaching staff is as follows:

Head Coach - Tom Cable (4th season at Idaho)

    Offensive Coordinator / RBs - Brett Ingalls (4th season)
        Offensive Line - Tom Cable (4th season)
        Wide Receivers - Tarn Sublett (4th season)
        Quarterbacks - Rich Scangarello (2nd season)
        Tight Ends - Gary Coston (2nd season)

    Defensive Coordinator - Ed Lamb (2nd season)
        Defensive Line - Spence Nowinsky (1st season)
        Linebackers - Rich Fisher (4th season)
        Defensive Backs - Greg Jackson (1st season)

    Special Teams Coordinator - Gary Coston (2nd season)
        Special Teams Assistant - Chris Bishop (1st season)

    Recruiting Coordinator - Chris Bishop (1st season)

Among the changes in the staff this year, Coach Cable will now be preparing the offensive line in addition to his Head Coaching duties. A veteran offensive lineman himself (Idaho '85), he's coached linemen at Cal, Nevada, and at Colorado before becoming the Colorado Buffaloes Offensive Coordinator in 1999. The line should be in very good hands.

Special Teams Coordinator Gary Coston will also take over the tightends this fall, replacing departed three year veteran Brian Thure.

Finally, Defensive Coordinator Ed Lamb will be able to focus on the defense overall, as he hands over the DB reins to newcomer Gregg Jackson. The defense made significant strides last year under Coach Lamb while he doubled up responsibilities, and this year should see even more overall improvement.

Below is a quick look at the new Vandal staff.



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Greg Jackson
Defensive Backs
A week ago it looked like Idaho would have a heck of time, especially this time of year, replacing newly hired DBs coach Darryll Lewis. Darryl had no 1-A coaching experience, but his stellar NFL career commanded instant respect, and their would be no question regarding his understanding of the game.

Well, new hire Greg Jackson is about as close to an equal to Lewis as you can get. In fact, both were teammates on the San Diego Chargers in the late '90s. In all, Greg played 12 years in the NFL. He started his career with the New York Giants (drafted 3rd round, '89), where he immediately started as a rookie, and helped bring a Super Bowl to the Big Apple in '90. After that, his free agent career took on stints with the Philadelphia Eagle, New Orleans Saints, and San Diego Chargers.

A graduate of LSU, this All-American defensive back (1988) was named by Athlon Sports to LSU's All-Time Team. His senior year he had seven interceptions and had returns of 100 and 71 yards.

The man will without a doubt have the instant respect of every DB on our team. He knows his stuff.



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Spence Nowinsky
Defensive Line
Taking over for departing Defensive Line coach George Booker is Spence Nowinsky, who comes to Moscow from the Big Ten's University of Wisconsin Badgers. This will be Spence's first year as a position coach, having been a Graduate Assistant on Wisconsin's defensive staff the past 2 seasons. A defensive lineman in college, his focus last season was working with the defensive backs.

Prior to his stint with Wisconsin, Nowinsky coached in the prep ranks for six years after a collegiate career as a Defensive End with Minnesota State - Mankato, where he was a three year football letterman for the Mavericks. He attended D.C. Everest High School and was an All-State linebacker for the ‘89 state champs.


Chris Bishop
Recruiting Coordinator / Special Teams Assistant
With the departure of Tightends coach Brian Thure comes an opening as Idaho's Recruiting Coordinator. Enter 2002 Idaho Graduate Assistant Chris Bishop. The position is a major part of the life-blood of the program (recruiting the best talent available), and Chris will be responsible for keeping tabs on regional athletes. In addition, while Coach Coston takes over Tightend coaching duties this year, Chris will play a more prominant role as Special Teams Assistant Coach. He will be helping to develop a unit that made significant strides last year.


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