Auburn fills offensive coordinator opening along with other staff positions
Bryan Harsin has filled several open staff positions, and handed out several promotions.
Auburn promoted wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau to offensive coordinator and defensive analyst Roc Bellatoni to edge linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, Harsin announced Friday. Those assistants have a combined 44 years of coaching experience, including 22 years of serving as coordinators. Harsin also promoted secondary coach Zac Etheridge to Associate Head Coach.
In his announcement, Harsin referred to continuity.
“One of the biggest things our players and program needs going from year one to year two with us is consistency – consistency with the system, the coaches and our plan for success,” Harsin said. “Coach Kiesau and Coach Bellantoni are excellent football coaches and teachers of the game with 44 years of Division I experience between them, including 22 combined years in coordinator roles. Both have been part of the relationship building process over this past year here at Auburn, with the team and staff. They understand fully and are bought in on our goal and process.”
Kiesau was named wide receivers coach at Auburn in September 2021 after serving as a senior offensive analyst since February 2021. Prior to joining the Auburn football program, Kiesau spent four seasons at Boise State.
Kiesau is Auburn’s third offensive coordinator since Harsin took over the program 14 months ago. Mike Bobo, who was Harsin’s original hire for the role last January, was fired at the end of the regular season. Bobo’s replacement, Austin Davis, stepped down from his position last month, about 6 weeks after he left the Seattle Seahawks.
Kiesau previously coached wide receivers at Kansas (2014), California (2002-05; 2011), Colorado (2006-08) and Utah State (2001). He also served as the Jayhawks’ interim offensive coordinator over the final five games of the 2014 season, served as offensive coordinator for both Washington (2012-13) and the Buffaloes (2009-10) and was the Golden Bears’ passing game coordinator in 2011. He began his career as an assistant coach in 2000, working with Utah State’s running backs.
Bellantoni has 28 years of coaching experience, including 15 years as a defensive coordinator and another four years as a special teams coordinator. Over his career, Bellantoni has coached the defensive line and linebackers, served as defensive coordinator at three different stops, and reached the FCS playoffs seven different times, to go with two bowl appearances (Buffalo, 2018, Washington State, 2019). He has mentored 16 players who played professionally, including three NFL Draft picks.