The four assistant coaches include Mo Latimore, who has been retained from Bill Snyder's previous staff, Tim McCarty, Tim Tibesar and Pat Washington. Prince also announced the appointment of Abby Boustead as the Wildcats' director of football administration.
"I am very pleased to be announcing the initial members of my staff here at Kansas State," Prince said. "This is a very experienced and knowledgeable group. There is no doubt in my mind that they know what it takes to be successful at this level and that each of them brings a proven track record of getting the absolute best from the young men they coach."
Latimore, a 21-year K-State veteran and an alumnus of the university, will be joining his fourth staff at Kansas State and will be charged with coaching the Wildcats' defensive line.
Latimore's first coaching appointment at K-State came during the 1976 season as a graduate assistant under Ellis Rainsberger. Later named to Jim Dickey's inaugural staff in 1978 as an offensive line coach, Latimore went on to coach the Wildcats' outside linebackers and defensive ends before joining Bill Young's staff as a defensive line coach at Texas El-Paso in 1984. In 1989 he went with Bob Stull to Missouri and served as an assistant coach in charge of the Tigers' defensive line until returning to his alma mater in 1994 to join Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State.
Over the last 12 seasons, Latimore has helped the Wildcats qualify for 10 bowl games while mentoring some of the top defensive linemen ever to play at Kansas State, including three first team All-Americans, two conference Defensive Newcomers of the Year and one conference Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, he has also tutored 11 all-conference players, with six earning first-team honors.
McCarty, a veteran head coach, comes to K-State from East Central University in Ada, Okla., where he served as the Tigers' head coach for the past two seasons. He will serve as the Wildcats assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
McCarty, who coached ECU to a 9-11 record during his two seasons at the helm, had an instant impact as the Tigers' head coach, guiding the program to a surprising 6-4 finish in his first season in 2004 on the heels of being picked last in the Lone Star Conference's North Division that year.
McCarty coached one All-American at ECU during the 2004 campaign in defensive end Justin Brown, who was the No. 1 free agent signee of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. Brown survived preseason camp until the final cut.
Prior to taking the helm at East Central, McCarty built Tabor College (Kan.), into an NAIA power from the ground up. In his first season at Tabor in 1999, the Bluejays had just 14 players in the program and struggled through a 0-10 campaign. But improvements followed rapidly as McCarty guided the Bluejays to a 3-7 record in 2000, a 5-5 mark in 2001, a 6-4 ledger in 2002 and ultimately a 9-2 record in 2003 that saw Tabor achieve a No. 15 national ranking and the program's first berth in the NAIA playoffs.
For his efforts in 2003, McCarty was named both the KCAC Coach of the Year and NAIA.net's National Coach of the Year.
A 1985 graduate of Fort Hays State and a native Kansan, McCarty has also coached at Greenville College, Southwest Baptist University, Dodge City Community College, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Kansas and Fort Hays State University during his career.
Tibesar, who coached with Prince at Cornell (N.Y.) University, comes to K-State from the University of North Dakota and will oversee the Wildcats' special teams units.
A 1994 summa cum laude graduate of North Dakota, Tibesar returned to his alma mater in 2001 as the Fighting Souix's inside linebackers coach. In 2003 he was promoted to defensive coordinator and over the last two seasons constructed one of the stingiest defenses in all of Division II. UND's defense ranked first in the North Central Conference in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and quarterback sacks both seasons and were consistently ranked among the national leaders in each category. In 2004, UND led all of Division II in scoring defense, yielding just 12.2 points per game.
Tibesar came to UND after spending one season as tight ends coach at Cornell in 2000. Prior to that, Tibesar was a graduate assistant and assistant offensive line coach at the University of California in 1999, a linebacker coach at Grossmont (Calif.) College in 1998 and a student-assistant at San Diego State from 1997-98.
A standout linebacker at UND from 1993 to 1996, Tibesar was a three-time All-NCC performer and the 1996 NCC's Most Valuable Linebacker. He earned first team All-America honors as a senior and third team honors as a junior and was a three-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American.
The final piece of the coaching puzzle named by Prince Thursday was Washington, the long-time wide receivers coach at the University of Tennessee who will take over in the same capacity at K-State.
Credited with much of the success of the Volunteers' traditionally strong passing game, Washington developed a number of celebrated pass-catchers during his 11-year tenure in Knoxville, including players like Donte' Stallworth, Cedric Wilson, Peerless Price, Marcus Nash and Joey Kent that led UT to be known as Wide Receiver U. He also helped coach the Vols to the 1998 national championship.
Washington is no stranger to the Big 12 region and especially the fertile recruiting grounds of Texas, as he coached TCU's wide receivers and quarterbacks from 1992-93 and Baylor's running backs in 1994 before beginning his tenure at Tennessee in 1995.
Washington's resume also includes three years at Southwestern Louisiana – now known as Louisiana-Lafayette – where he also coached receivers.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Washington is a 1986 graduate of Auburn University and played quarterback for the Tigers from 1982-85.
Also named to Prince's staff Thursday was Boustead. She comes to Kansas State from UNLV, where she has served as the administrative coordinator for the football program since 2003. A 1999 graduate of Buena Vista University, Boustead worked with Prince at Virginia, serving as the athletics department's facilities and event coordinator from 2001 to 2003.