Gill adds Vantz Singletary to staff

Kansas head football coach Turner Gill announced the hiring of Vantz Singletary as linebackers coach here Friday afternoon. Singletary completes the KU staff following the recent retirement of defensive coordinator Carl Torbush.

When former Kansas Jayhawks defensive coordinator Carl Torbush announced his retirement Tuesday, Head Coach Turner Gill said he wanted to move quickly in finding his replacement.

Mission accomplished. While Vic Shealy and Buddy Wyatt were promoted to co-defensive coordinator roles, a void still existed with the linebackers - Torbush's personal jurisdiction on the defense.

Friday afternoon, Gill announced that spot had been filled by Vantz Singletary, inside linebackers coach with the San Francisco 49ers for the past two seasons and a coach on Gill's staff at Buffalo in 2008. Oh, and he's the nephew of Mike Singletary.

Yes, that Mike Singletary.

"I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Vantz Singletary as the linebackers coach for KU," Gill said, via press release. "Vantz is a not only a great teacher and recruiter, but also a tremendous person."

While in San Francisco working under his uncle, Singletary had the opportunity to coach two of the NFL's best in Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes.

Prior to joining Gill's staff at Buffalo, he made coaching pit stops at Tennessee-Chattanooga, Hawaii, Southern and Trinity College. As a player, Singletary was a linebacker and defensive tackle in 1987 and 1988 for the Kansas State Wildcats, where he landed after a two-year All-American career at Blinn (TX) Community College.

"Vantz will bring great ideas on pass rushing skills to our linebackers," Gill noted. "He is very detailed in his instruction to the student-athletes and will provide phenomenal chemistry to our entire program."

Singletary's appointment rounds out the coaching staff once more, just in time for the start of football camp season in Lawrence, Kan.


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