Rocket Football Announces Staff Changes

Earlier today Head Coach Tom Amstutz and the University of Toledo announced the promotion of Chris Hedden to Offensive Coordinator and the addition of three coaches to the staff. Current assistant coach Andy Boyd has also moved from safeties coach to defensive backs coach.

Earlier today the University of Toledo announced new additions to the football staff, as well as some current coaches changing duties.

Chris Hedden has been promoted to Offensive Coordinator, and will continue as the wide receivers coach as well.

Hedden has been an assistant since Tom Amstutz became the head coach in 2001. He was the tight ends coach from 2001 through 2006, and then took over as the wide receivers coach in 2007.

"I'm really excited about Chris Hedden becoming our offensive coordinator," head coach Tom Amstutz told UTRockets.com. "He's been with my staff since I became head coach in 2001, and he knows our offense inside and out. He is known for motivating his players. The offensive players are very excited to have him as offensive coordinator."

Hired as the new quarterbacks coach is Ken Karcher. Karcher has 16 years of experience as either a head coach, offensive coordinator, or quarterbacks coach. He was the head coach of the Liberty Flames from 2000 through 2005, before working as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fellowship Christian High school in Roswell, GA the last two seasons. He also served as the school's athletic director.

Karcher was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe from 1997 through 2000, while holding the same positions at the University of Pittsburgh from 1993 through 1996 and the Orlando Thunder of the Arena Football League in 1992.

Andy Boyd has moved from safeties coach to cornerbacks coach for the Rockets. Taking Boyd's spot as safeties coach is Greg Lupfer. Lupfer coached for the last 12 seasons at his alma mater, Portland State. He coaches the safeties and special teams at Portland State from 1995 through 1999. Then in 2000 he became the defensive coordinator at Portland State.

The final addition to the staff is Vince Marrow, who is taking over the tight ends.

Marrow is a former Rocket player that was drafted in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. After stints in the NFL and XFL, spent some time as the coach of the middle school football team in Gahanna, OH. He has worked summer camps at Ohio State and in Florida for several years. He also spent three seasons as the tackles and tight ends coach for the Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire of NFL Europe before the league folded in 2007. Marrow's son, Mike Marrow, was a junior at New Albany High School this past season and has held an offer from the University of Toledo since his sophomore year.

The Rockets being spring practices this afternoon.



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