Turner, Bryant Added to Coaching Staff

Nashville, Tenn. - Two defensive coaches, David Turner of Minnesota and Jamie Bryant of North Carolina, were named to the Vanderbilt football staff, Head Coach Bobby Johnson said Monday.

Turner, 39, served as the defensive ends coach at Minnesota last year after
four seasons as defensive line and linebacker coach at Virginia.  The
31-year-old Bryant is a former Division I-AA defensive coordinator who
worked last year as a secondary coach at UNC.

"David is a superb motivator and defensive coach.  He was very successful
at Virginia prior to becoming an important member of the Minnesota staff.
Jamie is one of the nation's outstanding young coaches and drew praises
from the North Carolina staff.  They are excellent additions to our
coaching staff," Johnson said.

The selection of Turner and Bryant fills the Commodore coaching staff.
Johnson, the former Furman head coach, and all eight of his assistants will
begin their Vanderbilt  tenure in 2002.

Earlier named by Johnson to the staff are former Furman defensive
coordinator Bruce Fowler, former Furman offensive assistant Ted Cain,
former North Carolina offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, former Richmond
offensive coordinator Jimmy Kiser, former SMU defensive assistant Warren
Belin, and former Connecticut offensive assistant Jermaine "J.D." Hall, and
former Temple offensive coordinator Charlie Fisher.

Turner, a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, is a 15-year
veteran of the coaching ranks.  Turner went to Minnesota after four years
at Virginia where he also was a co-coordinator on special teams in addition
to defensive responsibilities.  He also coached the defensive line at North
Carolina State (1995-96) and Kentucky (1993-94), and worked on the coaching staffs at James Madison University (VA), Indiana University (PA), and Davidson.

Turner earned his bachelor of arts degree from Davidson in 1985.  He is
married to the former Yvette Modica.  They are the parents of two
daughters, Bianca, 14, and Alexyia, 4.

Bryant mentored the UNC secondary as a graduate assistant last year.
Bryant served as defensive coordinator at St. Francis (PA) in 2000, and defensive assistant/special teams coordinator at Clarion (PA) from 1997-99.

Bryant was a three-year football letterman as a linebacker and long snapper
at Ohio Wesleyan.  He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics management in 1993.

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