The rebuilding project on the Plains is well under way with new head coach Gus Malzahn at the helm. Malzahn is quietly assembling one of the best staffs in the SEC and has now hired two co-offensive coordinators and two co-defensive coordinators.
Having already hired ace recruiter and defensive line coach Rodney Garner from Georgia, long-time SEC defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson and long-time defensive back coach from Mississippi State Melvin Smith, Malzahn was out to make two more splash hires on the same day.
NFL veteran Rich Bisaccia was named assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator. Bisaccia has coached kickers, punters and returners for 25 straight years at six different locations of South Carolina, Clemson, Ole Miss, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers.
“Rich’s resume speaks for itself,” Malzahn said in a university statement. “He has been a part of some outstanding teams … he has coached several running backs and special teams players that were among the very best in the game at both the collegiate and professional level.”
But the bigger of the two hires came later in the evening with former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig. The Tigers were set out to get Craig, and having already turned down the job, Craig accepted after the FSU bowl game.
Craig served as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator for FSU, and he’ll serve as the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Auburn.
“This is a great opportunity for me and my family to come back home to Auburn,” Craig said. “I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Coach Malzahn and the staff he has assembled and I look forward to getting Auburn back to being a force in college football. Auburn speaks for itself and I’m excited to returning to a place that holds a special place in my heart.”
Gus Malzahn is pumped to bring Craig back home, too.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Dameyune back to Auburn,” Malzahn said. “Dameyune is one of the top young coaches in college football and has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. He is very passionate about his alma mater and will be a valuable asset to the Auburn football program and the entire Auburn family.”
While Craig is a former quarterback, Scout and Rivals named him ACC Recruiter of the Year in 2012, and now it will be much tougher for a recruit to escape the grips of either in-state institution in Tuscaloosa or Auburn. He’s a dynamic recruiter.
Malzahn is on a roll, and he only lacks a tight end coach now to fill out his coaching staff.
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