New Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson told VandyMania Monday that he had finished assigning position coaching responsibilities for his nine-man assistant coaching staff.
Johnson had previously named Bruce Fowler his defensive coordinator, Ted Cain his offensive coordinator, Robbie Caldwell his offensive line coach, and David Turner his recruiting coordinator. But Johnson, named Vanderbilt's head coach last Dec. 23, had not assigned specific position duties until recently due to the flurry of activity surrounding recruiting.
The new assignments are as follows:
Ted Cain, in addition to his previously announced offensive coordinator position, will coach tight ends. Cain was previously the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State from 1986-1996, and coached tight ends and wide receivers under Johnson at Furman from 1999-2001.
Jimmy Kiser will coach Vanderbilt's quarterbacks. Kiser, who was offensive coordinator at Richmond last year, coached quarterbacks at Memphis in 2000 and was offensive coordinator at North Carolina State from 1997-99.
Charlie Fisher has been assigned the duties of running backs coach. Fisher was offensive coordinator at Temple under Bobby Wallace last season, and was a head coach for five years at Division II West Georgia.
Vanderbilt's wide receivers will be in the hands of J. D. Hall. Hall, a former star quarterback at Bethune-Cookman, has previously served as offensive coordinator and receivers and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina Central. Last year Hall was an offensive assistant at Division I-A Connecticut.
Caldwell, as previously announced, will coach offensive line, according to Johnson. Caldwell had previously served as offensive line coach for three years at North Carolina, and for 13 seasons at North Carolina State.
On the defensive side, Vanderbilt's defensive backs will be jointly coached by defensive coordinator Bruce Fowler and Jamie Bryant. Fowler was Johnson's defensive coordinator for the last three seasons at Furman, and served as secondary coach at Furman before that. Bryant was a mentor to the North Carolina secondary last year and was defensive coordinator at St. Francis (Pa.) in 2000.
Johnson said this arrangement would allow Fowler to move back and forth from the defensive front to the secondary. "Sometimes Jamie will be coaching the entire secondary," said Johnson, "and sometimes Coach Fowler will be coaching the safeties and Jamie will be coaching the corners."
David Turner, in addition to his recruiting coordinator duties, will handle the defensive line. Turner, who has served in the past as defensive line coach at North Carolina State and Kentucky, came to Vanderbilt from the University of Minnesota staff.
The Commodores' linebackers will be overseen by Warren Belin. Last season Belin was linebackers coach and assistant recruiting coordinator on Mike Cavan's staff at Southern Methodist.
Vanderbilt's spring practice begins March 12, with the annual spring game set for April 6.
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