UNC Announces Assistant Coach Hires

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Troy Douglas, Art Kaufman and Allen Mogridge have been named assistant football coaches at the University of North Carolina, head coach Butch Davis officially announced Tuesday.

"We are thrilled to add Troy, Art and Allen to our staff," said Davis. "All three have exceptional character and a proven record of success. They are tremendous teachers and dynamic recruiters who bring fresh ideas and thoughts to our program. Each coach also has an element of expertise on special teams that will benefit our program. We welcome them to the Carolina family."

Mogridge is a former four-year Carolina letterwinner (1996-99) who most recently served as an assistant coach at Buffalo, helping lead the Bulls to the 2008 Mid-American Conference championship. He will coach tight ends at UNC, one of four positions he played in Chapel Hill.

"Chapel Hill is home for me and I'm thrilled to join this outstanding coaching staff," said Mogridge. "I now have the unique opportunity to go recruit kids to the University I fell in love with as a high school senior and where I spent four wonderful years. Carolina is a special place with great people who value the combination of a great education and outstanding athletics."

Douglas comes to North Carolina after serving three seasons as the defensive backs coach at South Florida, where he helped lead the Bulls to three bowl bids and 26 wins. Douglas will serve as the Tar Heels' defensive backs coach, working with defensive coordinator Everett Withers. Douglas and Withers were teammates at Appalchian State in the 1980s.

"I'm thrilled to be back in North Carolina and working at an outstanding institution like UNC," said Douglas. "The traditions of a great athletic department coupled with its outstanding academics are unmatched in college athletics."

Kauffman was most recently on the Southern Miss coaching staff and the 25-year coaching veteran will be responsible for the Tar Heel linebackers.

"North Carolina is one of the premier Universities in the country both academically and athletically," said Kaufman. "This is a great staff and I'm excited about what this team will be able to accomplish. I'm looking forward to coaching our current team and recruiting outstanding future student-athletes to Chapel Hill."

Troy Douglas, Assistant Coach, Defensive Backs

Troy Douglas comes to Chapel Hill after serving three seasons as the defensive backs coach at South Florida. During his tenure in Tampa, USF earned three bowl bids and won 26 games. Douglas will tutor the Tar Heel defensive backs along with defensive coordinator Everett Withers.

Douglas is entering his 22nd season as a college coach, and has spent 20 seasons working in the defensive secondary.

At USF, Douglas played a major role in developing one of the nation's top defenses. In 2008, the Bulls finished 10th in the country in overall defense and in 2007, USF led the country in turnovers, interceptions and fumble recoveries. His secondary produced 17 of the 23 interceptions, including three by first team All-America Mike Jenkins, four by third team All-BIG EAST safety Nate Allen and six by second team All-BIG EAST corner Trae Williams. Jenkins was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft and Williams was picked in the fifth round by Jacksonville.

The Bulls' defense was ranked 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense after his first season at USF and improved to seventh nationally in 2007. During the 2006 campaign, USF only allowed 11 passing touchdowns.

Douglas also has coached at Indiana (2004-05), South Carolina State (2003), Michigan State (2001-2002), SMU (1997-2000), UTEP (1995-1996), East Tennessee State (1992-1994) and West Chester (1989-1991).

At Indiana, Douglas instructed 2004 Big Ten all-freshman cornerback Tracy Porter and helped build a unit that had a +4 turnover margin. During his two years as the secondary coach at Michigan Sate, the Spartans still ranked 14th in the nation in pass defense despite losing four cornerbacks through the 2001 season.

In his one year at South Carolina State, Douglas was instrumental in building a defense that led I-AA in pass efficiency defense.

At SMU, Douglas coached running backs for one season (1997) before moving to the defensive side of the ball. In 1998, SMU was ranked 14th nationally in defense.

In his two seasons at UTEP, Douglas coached the secondary in 1995 and running backs in 1996, after three seasons as the secondary coach at East Tennessee State. At ETSU, the Buccaneers ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense, and one of Douglas' players - Donnie Abraham - went on to a very successful career with the New York Jets that included a Pro Bowl appearance.

Douglas began a full-time coaching career as the defensive backs coach at West Chester (Pa.) in 1989, where he coached Lee Woodall, a Pro Bowl player in 1995 and 1997 as a San Francisco 49er.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Douglas was a four-year starter at wide receiver for Appalachian State from 1983-86. He led the team in receiving as a junior and his 90 career receptions for 1,401 yards still rank him among the top five in school history. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications arts (1988) and was a graduate assistant at his alma mater before his first full-time position at West Chester.

Douglas and his wife, Rebecca, have two children - Tanner (10) and Taryn (8).

Art Kaufman, Assistant Coach, Linebackers

A 25-year coaching veteran, Art Kaufman will tutor Carolina's linebackers. He comes to UNC after one season at Southern Miss, where he coached the defensive line and was the special teams coordinator.

Kaufman, who has coached in eight bowl games, helped lead Southern Miss to a victory over Troy in the New Orleans Bowl last year. A former defensive coordinator at Mississippi, Kaufman also has coached at Middle Tennessee State, East Carolina, Arkansas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

Kaufman spent three seasons at Middle Tennessee as the Blue Raiders linebackers coach and two seasons as defensive line coach at East Carolina. Prior to joining the staff at ECU, Kaufman spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arkansas Tech.

A 1980 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Kaufman had two stints at Mississippi, coaching in Oxford for a total of 10 years. He spent six years as the Rebels' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Kaufman was a two-time All-American linebacker during his playing days at Arkansas-Monticello and followed his four-year career with the Boll Weevils by taking a graduate assistant position at Delta State University.

He earned his first full-time coaching job in 1983 when he became the outside linebackers coach at Northwestern State University (La.). In 1987, he was named defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Northwestern State.

He left there the following year for Ole Miss to coach the Rebels' outside linebackers and defensive ends. While at Ole Miss, Kaufman helped guide the Rebels to back-to-back bowl appearances (1989 Liberty Bowl and 1991 Gator Bowl) for the first time since the 1970s.

Four years later, Kaufman was named the defensive coordinator/linebacker coach at Louisiana Tech University, where he remained until returning to Ole Miss in 1995. In 1992, his defensive unit ranked in the top five nationally.

He again served as the Rebels' defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for the next six years. During his second stint at Ole Miss, Kaufman helped the Rebels to four straight bowl berths (1997-2000), and his 1999 defense ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense.

A native of Dermott, Ark., Kaufman has three daughters: Tara, Taylor, and Madison.

Allen Mogridge, Assistant Coach, Tight Ends

A former four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, Allen Mogridge returns to his alma mater as the Tar Heels' tight ends coach after working seven seasons at the University at Buffalo.

Mogridge coached the offensive line for two seasons with the Bulls and was the team's running backs coach for three seasons. He also served as recruiting coordinator for head coach Turner Gill. In 2008, Buffalo won the MAC championship with a victory over heavily-favored Ball State and earned the school's second-ever bowl berth.

In his first season as Buffalo's offensive line coach in 2007, Mogridge mentored the Bulls' first ever All-MAC offensive linemen in center Jamey Richard and guard Jeff Niedermier. His offensive line paved the way for an offense that scored a Division I-A-record 291 points, produced the Bulls' first 1,000-yard rusher in the Division I-A era (James Starks) and protected a quarterback that completed a school-record 258 passes (Drew Willy). Richard was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2006, he coached freshman running back James Starks to a second-team All-MAC selection - the first time a UB freshman earned All-League honors.

Mogridge had an excellent career at North Carolina where he lettered from 1996-99. He played four different positions - tight end, fullback, offensive tackle and defensive end - during his career and earned the Kenan Award for Leadership in his senior season. He went to four bowl games as a Tar Heel, including the 1996 and 1997 Gator Bowls. Carolina was a combined 21-3 over those two seasons and finished No. 4 in the final USA Today coaches poll in 1997.

Mogridge spent one year as a strength and conditioning coach at UNC while pursuing his masters degree. He spent the summer of 2000 in the Carolina Panthers training camp before playing for one year in the Arena Football League with the Carolina Cobras.

He rejoined the Buffalo coaching staff in February of 2004 after one season at Western Carolina as the defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

In his first stint at Buffalo he assisted all facets of the defense - helping the Bulls jump from near the bottom of total defense in the nation to 45th in 2001 - while focusing on the Bulls' defensive linemen.

The Severville, Tenn., native married the former Jennifer Carpenter (UNC '97), and the couple has two daughters, Livi (5) and Izzy (2).

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