Prince adds assistant coaches to Staff

Four more coaches had to Coach Prince's staff.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head football coach Ron Prince continued building his staff on Thursday as he named four more assistant coaches to his staff.

The latest additions, which include Raheem Morris, former Kansas State linebacker Matt Wallerstedt, Tim Horton and James Jones, bring K-State's total number of assistant coaches to eight. The quartet joins Mo Latimore, Tim McCarty, Tim Tibesar and Pat Washington, who were named to the staff on Dec. 8.

"This is an exciting time in the history of our program at Kansas State and we am extremely proud to announce the addition of these coaches to our staff," Prince said. "All four of these men are outstanding coaches and diligent workers. But most of all they are men of integrity and we are convinced that they all play an integral role in helping this program reach its goals."

A rising star in the coaching fraternity, Morris coached with Prince at Cornell (N.Y.) University in 1999 and is currently finishing up his fourth season with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his second as the organization's assistant defensive backs coach. He will join the Kansas State staff as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

During his tenure with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay has ranked in the top five in the NFL in total defense every year and twice finished as the top-ranked pass defense (2002 and 2004). The Bucs currently own the league's No. 2-ranked defensive unit and the eighth-ranked pass defense.

Morris spent the 2003 season as a defensive assistant, working closely with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as the Buccaneers' defense finished the year ranked fifth in total defense (279.1 ypg), marking the seventh straight season (1997-2003) the defense finished in the top 10.

In 2004, Morris helped the Bucs defense extend its streak to eight straight seasons, the longest streak in the NFL, as the defense again finished as the fifth-ranked unit in the league. In 2002, his first season as a coach in the NFL, Morris studied under Kiffin and helped guide the Buccaneers top-ranked defense as they captured the franchise's first world title in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Morris joined the Tampa Bay organization after spending the 2000 and 2001 seasons as the defensive backs coach at Hofstra (N.Y.) University. He also spent time in the fall of 2001 with the New York Jets serving a defensive minority internship.

Morris began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra in 1998, before landing his first full-time coaching assignment at Cornell as the Big Red's defensive backs coach and special teams assistant.

A 1998 graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor's in physical education, Morris was a standout safety for the Flying Dutchmen (now called the Pride) during his collegiate career from 1994-97.

Wallerstedt's addition to the K-State coaching staff will be a homecoming for the former standout Wildcat linebacker, who will finish up his second season as Akron's associate head coach and linebackers coach when the Mid-America Conference champion Zips square off with Memphis in the Motor City Bowl on Monday. He will coach the Wildcats' linebacker as serve as K-State's recruiting coordinator

A 1984 graduate of Manhattan High School, Wallerstedt lettered at Kansas State from 1984-1987 and led the Wildcats in tackles as a junior and senior. In fact, his 165 tackles in 1987 still rank fifth on K-State's single-season tackle chart, while his 331 career stops rank ninth all time in school history.

Wallerstedt received his coaching start as a student assistant with the Wildcats in 1988 while finishing his K-State degree in business management, before going on to serve two seasons as a graduate assistant in 1989 and 1990 at Arizona State.

He received his first full-time coaching opportunity as the defensive line coach at Fort Hays (Kan.) State in 1994. He helped guide Fort Hays State to a share of the 1995 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship with an 8-2-2 record and a No. 18 national ranking before moving on to coach defensive backs at Emporia State in 1996.

In 1997, Wallerstedt began a six-year stint at Wyoming, where he was hired to coach the defensive line by his former K-State teammate and then Cowboy head coach Dana Dimmel. In just his first year in Laramie, Wyo., the Cowboys ranked second in the nation in sacks (54), sixth in pass defense, 17th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense. The 1998 defensive squad was 28th nationally in scoring defense, as Wyoming became a fixture in both national polls during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

Wallerstedt also produced four All-Western Athletic Conference defensive linemen before taking over as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach in 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Wallerstedt mentored three All-Mountain West selections, including Kwabena Peprah (2000 honorable mention), Leo Caires (2001 second team) and Tyler Gottschalk (2002 honorable mention).

A very successful one-year stay as the defensive coordinator at North Alabama followed in 2003, before Wallerstedt was named to his current position at Akron. While at UNA, Wallerstedt took a defense that was allowing 33.6 points-per-game and 391.7 yards per game and turned it into a stingy group that allowed just 14.1 ppg (sixth nationally) and a Gulf South Conference-best 295.6 ypg in 2003.

Since arriving at Akron, Wallerstedt has mentored a pair of All-Mid-America Conference linebackers in Brion Stokes and Jay Rohr, who were named to the second team and honorable mention squads, respectively, this past season. Wallerstedt has also helped transform a defensive unit that this past season ranked second in the MAC in total defense and made a 75-spot improvement nationally, going from 98th to 23rd since his arrival.

Horton, who will coach the Wildcats' running backs, comes to K-State from the Air Force Academy, where he has served the past seven seasons as a member of Fisher DeBerry's staff.

From 1999 through 2004, Horton coached the Academy's wide receivers and developed a unit that was once viewed as a liability into one of the strengths of the program.

In just his first season at Air Force in 1999, Horton mentored wide out Matt Farmer, who hauled in 34 catches for 484 yards and earned a roster spot in both the Hula Bowl and Blue-Gray All-Star Classic that season.

A year later, Horton also helped develop Ryan Fleming into one of the Academy's best ever. Fleming, who is regarded as the best option-era receiver ever produced by the Academy, led the Mountain West Conference in receiving with 52 receptions for 930 yards – the second-most ever by an AFA receiver – and became Air Force's first ever first team all-conference selection at wide receiver.

Other notable Falcon wide outs tutored by Horton include Anthony Park, Alec Messerall and J.P. Waller.

In 2005, Horton took the coaching reins of the Falcons' halfbacks, perhaps the Academy's most high-profile unit. The group once again proved to be a key ingredient to one of the nation's most potent ground attacks as Air Force ranked eighth in the country in rushing while averaging 246.6 yards per game.

In addition to his position coaching responsibilities, Horton assists with the Falcons' special teams, coaching the kick block, kickoff return and hands team.

Horton received his coaching start at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped guide the Mountaineers to a 67-32 record during his eight-year tenure on the staff that included Southern Conference titles in 1991 and 1995 and five appearances in the Division I-AA playoffs.

From 1990-92, Horton coach Appalachian State's receivers and tight ends before taking over as the Mountaineers' running backs coach in 1993.

While at Appalachian State, Horton coached five all-conference players, two of the top three career rushers and two of the top eight all-time receivers in school history.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Horton was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a receiver and punt returner for the Razorbacks under head coach Ken Hatfield.

He served as team captain his senior year and helped the Razorbacks to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles in 1988 and 1989. On an individual level, Horton won the Gordon Campbell Spirit Award and was a two-time academic all-conference selection. He was also a second-team all-conference selection in 1989.

Jones, an experienced young coach who served on the Cornell staff with Prince in 1999, will coach K-State's tight ends and assist with the Wildcats' special teams after leading Dartmouth's defensive line last season.

Prior to his joining the Big Green staff, Jones served the 2004 season as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M. In 2003, Jones was the defensive line coach at Texas Southern, which came after a three-year stint at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., from 2000-02.

While on the staff at Wagner, Jones worked in a variety of rolls, including serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator, defensive line coach (2000, 2002), defensive coordinator (2001) and special teams coordinator (2000).

In 1999, Jones was the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Cornell. In 1998, Jones received his first full-time coaching position when he was appointed as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Morehouse College.

Jones, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Texas Southern in 1997 and a master's in education from Wagner in 2002, received his coaching start at TSU in 1996 as a student assistant coach. He went on to serve as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green in 1997, where he worked with the Falcons' defensive line.

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