Three Assistants Named to Bronco Coaching Staff

KALAMAZOO (Dec. 15) — The Western Michigan University football team has filled three vacancies on its coaching staff.

The new hires are defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, assistant head coach and receivers coach George McDonald and linebackers coach Nathaniel Hackett. The new additions were announced today by head coach Bill Cubit.

Shafer served as secondary coach at the University of Illinois in 2004, witnessing the Broncos up close as the Illini pulled out a last-minute 30-27 victory in Champaign. While at UI, Shafer worked with cornerback Kelvin Hayden, the Big Ten leader in interceptions.

Shafer previously spent eight seasons (1996-2003) at Northern Illinois University — the first four as secondary coach before adding defensive coordinator duties in 2000. Under Shafer's watch, the Huskies ranked among the top three teams in MAC scoring defense in 2002 and 2003. Prior to NIU, Shafer coached the secondary at the University of Rhode Island (1993-95) and was a graduate assistant at Indiana University (1991-92).

Shafer, 37, played quarterback at Baldwin-Wallace College (1986-90), graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in education in 1990. He later added a master's degree in education from Indiana in 1993. A Painesville, Ohio native, Scott and his wife Missy have two children, Wolfgang (10) and Elsa Kathleen (6).

McDonald spent the past season instructing tight ends at Stanford following a three-year stint as receivers coach at Northern Illinois (2001-03). While with the Huskies, McDonald mentored such standouts at P.J. Fleck, Danny Sheldon and Darrel Hill, all of whom earned All-MAC honors during their careers. He oversaw receivers at Bucknell University during the spring of 2001 and worked as a graduate assistant at Ball State University (2000).

McDonald, 28, lettered four seasons as a receiver at Illinois (1994-98) and was an All-Big Ten sprinter, setting the school record for 60 meters. He earned a bachelor of science degree in health administration from Illinois in 1999 and is working towards a master's in sports administration from Ball State. The Buena Park, Calif., native is married (Sara).

Hackett, 24, was assistant to Stanford's offensive and defensive coordinators in 2003 and 2004, helping with game planning, video breakdown and quality control. A native of Fullerton, Calif., Hackett received a bachelor of science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behaviors from the University of California-Davis (2002) where he lettered four seasons (1998-2002) at linebacker. His father, Paul, is the New York Jets' offensive coordinator and former head coach at USC.

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