Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Coordinators in place

Although Yale has not sent out a release naming the new staff just yet, it should be noted that its offensive coordinator and defensive coordinators have bios up on the Yale web site.

The hiring of Ikaika Malloe as the defensive coordinator is not a new development. Reports surfaces of his hiring from the Hawaii media last month. However, the new offensive coordinator is Brian Stark who spent the last nine seasons at San Diego State.

Here's his bio courtesy of the Yale site.

Brian Stark, who spent the last nine years at San Diego State, will be coordinating the Bulldog offense and coaching the quarterbacks. Stark was the Aztecs' quarterbacks coach for four seasons, director of football operations for four and had one-year stints as passing game coordinator (2005) and tight ends coach (2008). As the QB coach from 2002-05, he helped SDSU signal-callers average nearly 3,100 yards (259 yards per game) and 18 touchdowns per season. Four SDSU players under his guidance became NFL draft picks, while his quarterback protégés hold 18 SDSU and Mountain West Conference records. Before he joined the Aztecs, Stark spent a year as offensive program coordinator at Washington, where he also assisted with the Huskies' recruiting efforts. Prior to that he served as student assistant coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Colorado, from 1994-99. Stark, who has worked with five bowl (Holiday, Fiesta, Cotton, Aloha) teams, was involved in coaching the running backs with both the Buffaloes and Huskies. After graduating from Colorado in 1997, he began his coaching career by serving as offensive coordinator at Brighton (Colo.) High School. He helped coach 12 first-team all-league and three first-team all-Colorado selections while with the Bulldogs. Stark, a Fort Morgan, Colo., native, and his wife, Sarah, have a son, Jackson.

Former defensive coordinator Rick Flanders is now the defensive backs coach and Duane Brooks, who will remain the defensive line coach. Yale also retained its Emil Johnson, its strength and conditioning coach. The other newcomers are Mike Preston (offensive line), Rod Plummer (special teams coordinator) and Mike Sanford (tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator). Word is that one more assistant - a receivers coach - will be named to fill out the staff. That could happen in the next couple of days. Former running back coach Larry Ciotti remains on board in an advisory/consulting role.


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