Smith completes staff with hiring of Ben Sirmans

MSU head coach John L. Smith formally announced Ben Sirmans, formerly of Kent State, as Michigan State's running backs coach. Sirmans brings a proven recruiting presence in the East Coast hotbed of New York and New Jersey where MSU wants to improve their productivity.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State has a new running backs coach and he's ready to hit the ground running.

Ben Sirmans, 34, leaves the Golden Flashes of Kent State to become the new running backs coach at Michigan State replacing Reggie Mitchell.

"I'm very excited about having the opportunity to coach at Michigan State, with its rich football tradition," said Sirmans. "The pieces are beginning to come together for John L. Smith, and I believe he's attracting the kind of talent it takes to compete for a Big Ten championship."

Sirmans may also take over as recruiting coordinator, a position he held at Maine under head coach Jack Cosgrove.

An added plus, Sirmans brings a proven recruiter to Michigan State in the East Coast hotbed of New Jersey and New York.

After talking with several candidates at the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Convention, I decided to bring Ben Sirmans to campus for a formal interview," said MSU head coach John L. Smith "I've been very impressed by Ben throughout the search. He emerged as the No. 1 candidate and I'm happy to have him on the coaching staff."

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