Coaching Staff and Recruiting Update

Toledo head football coach Tim Beckman knows he doesn't have time to waste with less than two months until National Signing Day. Last Thursday Beckman was introduced as Toledo's new head football coach. By Monday he had hired four assistant coaches and they were on the road recruiting.

Toledo head football coach Tim Beckman knows he doesn't have time to waste with less than two months until National Signing Day. Last Thursday Beckman was introduced as Toledo's new head football coach. By the end of the weekend he had hired two assistant coordinators and was ready to hit the recruiting trail.

Today is day number on the road, visiting high schools throughout the country. Beckman has now hired a total of four assistant coaches, and they are all on the road with him recruiting.

Coach Beckman plans to have co-coordinators on offense and defense, meaning there will be two offensive coordinators and two defensive coordinators.

This is something that Coach Beckman has picked up from his time coaching under Jim Tressell at Ohio State and Mike Gundy at Oklhaoma State. One coordinator on offense will specialize in the running game, while the other will specialize in the passing game. And of course the two defensive coordinators will work similarly. Along with being the head coach, Beckman will be the special teams coordinator.

Mike Ward will be one of the co-defensive coordinators for Beckman at Toledo. He came to Toledo from Bowling Green, where he was the defensive coordinator.

Matt Campbell will be one of the co-offensive coordinators for Beckman at Toledo, and he will also coach the offensive line. Campbell was the offensive line coach at Bowling Green before, and was also the running game coordinator in BG's co-offensive coordinator system.

Another assistant coach on staff is Alex Golesh. Golesh was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State and worked with beckman in coaching the linebackers there. He will coach the tight ends at Toledo.

The final assistant coach already on staff is Paul Nichols. Nichols coached the cornerbacks for Marshall the last two seasons, and will most likely coach the cornerbacks at Toledo. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State before his stint at Marshall.

The coaching staff will make it a priority to make in-home visits to current commitments this week. QB Austin Boucher is one of those kids that committed before Tom Amstutz resigned. Boucher has said that Coach Beckman has talked to him on the phone already and will be visiting him in person this week to explain his philosophy and the style of offense that Toledo will run.

Another commitment is athlete Eric Page. He committed two days after Toledo beat Michigan 13-10. Page remains committed to Toledo and has told Rocket Digest that he looks forward to meeting Coach Beckman in person and is excited about what he has heard so far.

As for recruiting in general, Coach Beckman says that recruiting will be a big priority for his coaching staff. Since being hired as the head coach at Toledo, Beckman has stressed the fact that he wants student-athletes with great character that want to win and play hard.

Coach Beckman is looking for new recruits at every position in this 2009 recruiting class, and he is expecting to sign about 20 kids come signing day, February 4th.

Stay tuned to Rocket Digest other the coming weeks as we keep you updated with the very latest in Rocket football news and who the Rockets are recruiting for class of 2009.



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