Meet the SMU Coaching Staff

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Chad Morris

Head Coach

What you need to know

Born: Dec. 4, 1968
Hometown: Edgewood, Texas
Family: Morris and his wife, Paula, have two children, a daughter, Mackenzie, and son, Chandler.
Alma Mater: 1992 Texas A&M grad with degree in mathematics
High School: Played quarterback at Edgewood High School (Tex.)

Coaching Timeline

1994-97: Head Coach at Eustace HS (Tex.)
1998-99: Head Coach at Elysian HS (Tex.)
2000-02: Head Coach at Bay City HS (Tex.)
2003-07: Stephenville HS (Tex.)
2008-09: Lake Travis HS (Tex.)
2010: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks at Tulsa
2011-14: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks at Clemson

Career Notes

— Named 2013 AFCA National Assistant Coach-of-the-Year and one of five finalists for national offensive coordinator-of-the-year by 247Sports.com.
— Clemson’s 2013 offense averaged 507.7 yards per game and 40.2 points per game.
— Won 82 percent of his games as a high school coach in Texas. He led Lake Travis High School to back-to-back, undefeated (16-0) state championship seasons.
— In 16 years as a head coach in high school, he had a 169-38 record (.816).
— Morris once served as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association.

Joe Craddock

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

What you need to know

Age: 29 years old
Hometown: Briarwood, Ala.
Alma Mater: 2008 Middle Tennessee State grad
High School: Briarwood Christian HS (Ala.)

Coaching Timeline

2010-11: Offensive Coordinator at Briarwood Christian (Ala.)
2012: Player Development at Clemson
2012-14: Graduate Assistant at Clemson

Career Notes

—Named Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt in his senior year at MTSU.
— Threw for 2,677 yards which went down as the second most in a single-season at Middle Tennessee while adding 15 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.

Dustin Fry

Offensive Line

What you need to know

Age: 31 years old
Hometown: Summerville, S.C.
Family: Fry and his wife, Laura, have a baby boy named Hudson.
Alma Mater: 2007 Clemson grad
High School: Summerville HS (S.C.)

Coaching Timeline

Spent four years in the NFL after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round.
2012: Player Development at Clemson
2013-14: Graduate Assistant at Clemson

Career Notes

—Lettered all four years at Clemson.
— First-team All-ACC center on the 2006 offense that averaged 6.5 yards per play.
— Helped center Dalton Freeman earn first-team All-America honors.

Justin Stepp

Wide Receivers

What you need to know

Age: 31 years old
Hometown: Pellon, S.C.
Alma Mater: 2007 Furman grad
High School: Pellon H.S.

Coaching Timeline

2007: Wide Receivers/Strength and Conditioning at Fort Mill HS (S.C.)
2008: Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator at North Greenville (DII)
2011: Offensive Graduate Assistant at Clemson
2009-10: Offensive Video Graduate Assistant at Clemson
2012-14: Wide Receivers Coach at Appalachian State

Career Notes

— Stepp left Furman as the school's fourth all-time leader in receptions.
— Earned all-SoCon recognition as a junior and a senior.
— Stepp worked directly with every aspect of the Clemson offense including in-game playcalling adjustments.
— Stepp tutored Sean Price, who set an NCAA DI record for freshmen with 81 receptions and almost 1,200 yards.
— Three of Stepp's receivers in 2012 were named all-SoCon and in 2013, two of his receivers were named all-SoCon.

Claude Mathis

Running Backs

What you need to know

Hometown: Bartlett, Texas
Alma Mater: 1998 Texas State University grad
High School: Bartlett HS

Coaching Timeline

1998-2008: Running Backs coach at Austin Anderson HS
2000-04: Offensive Coordinator at Austin Anderson HS
2004: Head Coach at Somerville HS
2005-08: Head Coach at Austin LBJ HS
2008-14: Head Coach At DeSoto HS

Career Notes

— Mathis holds Texas State’s career, season, and game rushing records.
— District 11-5A Coach of the Year – 2008
— Coached in the Under Armour All-American Game held in Florida – 2010
— Inducted into Texas State University Hall of Honor -2011

Van Malone

Defensive Coordinator

What you need to know

Age: 44 years old
Hometown: Houston
Family: Malone and his wife, Nedra, have three sons: Van, Vaughn, and Vincent.
Alma Mater: 2002 Houston graduate
High School: Houston Waltrip

Coaching Timeline

1999-2002: Assistant Coach at Houston Waltrip
2003: Minority Coaching Fellowship with Detroit Lions
2003: Wide Receivers at North Dakota State
2004: Cornerbacks/Special Teams at Western Michigan
2005: Defensive Backs/Special Teams at North Texas
2006-09: Corners/Safeties at Texas A&M
2010-11: Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator at Tulsa
2012-14: Defensive Backs at Oklahoma State

Career Notes

— Malone played five seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the second round - the 57th selection overall - by the Detroit Lions in 1994.
— The Cowboys ranked seventh nationally with 30 turnovers forced during the 2013 regular season. 10 of those turnovers involved Malone's cornerbacks.
— Under Malone's direct guidance, Justin Gilbert became Oklahoma State's first finalist for the 2013 Thorpe Award presented to the nation's top defensive back.

Buddy Wyatt

Defensive Line

What you need to know

Hometown: Victoria, Texas
Family: Wyatt is married to Andrea Wyatt and they have two children, Frederick and Ariel.
Alma Mater: 1990 TCU grad

Coaching Timeline

2003-06: Defensive Line at Alabama
2007: Defensive Line at Nebraska
2008-09: Defensive Line at Texas A&M
2009-14: Defensive Line at Kansas

Career Notes

— When Wyatt coached at Alabama, the Crimson Tide went to three bowl games and produced one of the nation's top defensive teams.
— His list of NFL players coached includes Jamal Williams, Adam Carriker, Justin Bannon, Tyler Brayton, Johnny Jolly, Rocky Bernard, Ty Warren, Ronald Edwards and Ronald Flemons.

Archie McDaniel

Linebackers

What you need to know

Age: 31 years old
Hometown: Bay City, Texas
Family: McDaniel is married to LaTrenia McDaniel and has a son, Christian.
Alma Mater: 2005 Texas A&M grad
High School: Bay City HS

Coaching Timeline

2007: Linebackers Coach at Trinity Valley CC (Tex.)
2008: Grad Assistant at Texas A&M
2009: Linebackers Coach at Texas Southern
2010: Tight Ends/H-Backs at Tulsa
2011: Defensive Tackles Coach at Tulsa
2012-13: Defensive Line at New Mexico
2014: Outside Linebackers at New Mexico

Career Notes

— Three-year starting linebacker and senior captain as a player at Texas A&M (2002-05) for former New Mexico head coach Dennis Franchione.
— His line (including the rush outside linebacker position) produced 38 tackles for loss and 15 sacks in 2012. Defensive end Jacori Greer earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors.
— Helped the 2012 University of New Mexico defense allow 71.9 fewer rushing yards per game than it did in 2011.
— The 2013 Lobo defensive line accounted for 65.6 percent of the team's sacks and 38.3 percent of the team's tackles for loss. All-Mountain West honorable mention Brett Bowers had nine tackles for loss, six sacks and three forced fumbles for the Lobos in 2013.

Jess Loepp

Defensive Backs

What you need to know

Age: 37 years old
Hometown: Turpin, Okla.
Family: Loepp and his wife, Kelly Lynn, have two sons, Easton and Brooks.
Alma Mater: 2000 Central Oklahoma grad, 2005 Tulsa graduate degree
High School: Turpin HS (Okla.)

Coaching Timeline

2003-06: Defensive Graduate Assistant at Tulsa
2006: Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator at Rice
2007: Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator at Tulsa
2008: Assistant coach at Lake Travis High School (Tex.)
2009: High School Relations at Tulsa
2010-14: Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator at Tulsa

Career Notes

— Loepp attended the University of Central Oklahoma and was an all-Lone Star Conference performer at linebacker. He helped UCO win league titles in 1998 and '99.
— At Rice, he helped coach a team that made a bowl game appearance for the first time in 45 years.
— In 2010, Tulsa ranked first in NCAA statistics for interceptions with 24 pickoffs, second in turnover margin and third in turnovers gained.
— Loepp has also been a part of Tulsa's two Conference USA Championship seasons in 2005 and 2012.

Keith Gunn

Assistant Coach- Defense

What you need to know

Alma Mater: 1992 Abilene Christian grad

Coaching Timeline

1992-95: Quality Control/Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M
1996-98: Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends at Baylor
2012-13: Offensive Quality Control at SMU

Career Notes

— Gunn has served on the coaching staffs of the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game (2008-10) and of the East-West Shrine Game (2009).
— Gunn played strong safety at Abilene Christian University from 1988-91 and earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1992.
— Gunn then received his master's in education from Texas A&M in 1994.
— During Gunn's four seasons at Texas A&M, the Aggies went 41-6-1 with a national finish of seventh in 1992.

Trumain Caroll

Strength and Conditioning

What you need to know

Age: 32 years old
Hometown: Fort Bend, Texas
Alma Mater: 2005 Oklahoma State grad
High School: Elkins HS (Tex.)

Coaching Timeline

2006-08: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at OSU
2008-2012: Director of Strength and Conditioning at University of Missouri-Kansas City
2012: Strength and Conditioning Coach at South Carolina State
2013-14: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at OSU

Career Notes

— Carroll was a member of the Oklahoma State football program from 2001-2005 as a defensive end.
— Carroll designed and directed the strength program for the OSU women’s basketball program that advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

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