Multiple sources have confirmed to CuseNation.com Friday night that Jake Moreland, formerly the tight ends coach at Air Force, has been hired by Syracuse to the same position. The news was first reported by The Post-Standard. The move makes sense for a lot of reasons. Primarily, he worked with offensive coordinator Tim Lester at Western Michigan, St. Joseph's and Elmhurst from 2003 through 2006.
The move also slides Bobby Acosta, the tight ends coach last season, to wide receivers, a position which is his strongest as a position coach. He will also serve as the recruiting coordinator going forward.
Syracuse athletics confirmed both moves on Saturday. In the press release, it was noted that Moreland would also help coach Syracuse's offensive tackles, with Joe Adam mentoring the interior lineman (guards and centers).
“Jake is an outstanding leader of young men and a terrific football coach,” head coach Scott Shafer said in a release. “The expertise he brings from his 12 years as a tight ends coach will greatly enhance that area for our program as he and Joe Adam work together to mold our offensive line into a productive and cohesive group. Adding Jake to our staff allows Bobby Acosta to resume coaching receivers, a position he has mentored at three other schools, and serve as our recruiting coordinator.
"Along with offensive coordinator Tim Lester and running backs coach DeAndre Smith, Jake, Bobby and Joe will lead a productive offense and develop the young men in our program. We are thrilled to welcome Jake, his wife, Anne, and their daughters, Courtney, Grace and Emma, to the Syracuse family.”
The opening on the staff was created when George McDonald left to coach wide receivers at N.C. State.
According to his bio on the Air Force Athletics website, Moreland was a four year letter winner at Western Michigan, and caught more passes than any other tight end in program history. His quarterback was Tim Lester during that time. He went on to the play in the NFL for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. He coached Tony Scheffler at WMU who went on to play for the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions.
“It is a unique opportunity to come to Syracuse after having been at Air Force because both programs focus on the development of the student-athlete, emphasizing academics and athletics, to build student-athletes of high character and mentor young people who will become leaders,” Moreland said in a release. “All of the values Coach Shafer instills in this program parallel what I believe in. My relationships with this coaching staff began early in our careers and then we went our separate ways to continue to grow. It is special to be back together again.”
From previous stops, he has recruiting ties to Atlanta, Alabama, the Midwest and Northeast, per a source. His recruiting area for Syracuse will be determined after national signing day.