BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Rod Smith, Greg Frey and Jerry Montgomery have joined Indiana Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson's coaching staff, Wilson announced Thursday. Smith will serve as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Frey will coach the offensive line and Montgomery will handle the defensive tackles.
Wilson also announced plans to reorganize staff duties. Kevin Johns will join Smith as co-offensive coordinator. Johns will still coach the team's wide receivers. Mark Hagen will now be in charge of the defensive ends and remain as IU's special teams coordinator. Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach Doug Mallory has been tabbed assistant head coach.
"We have deliberately taken time with our hires to make sure we get the right fits, not just with coaching backgrounds and pedigrees, but getting the right people to make up a cohesive unit," Wilson said. "We feel the staff has come together in a very positive manner.
"I will be more involved with the offense initially and in time we will determine how we call games. I will make sure it starts out with my involvement and those guys splitting the workload that I can't do.
"I've had previous relationships with Rod Smith and Greg Frey having built some of our past offenses with Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and having continued to visit and study with those guys. It is going to be a natural transition for both of them. They are well-versed in the no-huddle style and know how to coach it.
"Jerry Montgomery is the one guy on staff I didn't personally know, but like six of our assistants, he has a Big Ten background. Jerry was a great player at Iowa and came highly recommended from a colleague. When we met him, he lit up the room. Jerry is a tremendous young coach and a great addition to our staff."
Eight of Wilson's nine full-time coaching positions are now filled. Below is a look at Indiana's staff:
Doug Mallory - Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Mike Ekeler - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Mark Hagen - Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator
Jerry Montgomery - Defensive Tackles
Corey Raymond - Cornerbacks
Kevin Johns - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Rod Smith - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Greg Frey - Offensive Line
TBA?- Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
Wilson Adds Three More to Football Staff
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