Times have changed in Lincoln, Nebraska. For decades Nebraska was coached by Tom Osborne and his assistant coaches remained loyal to the program despite being offered jobs in higher position at other programs.
Today’s college football game is not the same as the past. Very few coaches remain at a school for decades.
Nebraska’s coaching staff has gone through some recent changes, but the group currently in place may be part of the Cornhuskers program for years to come.
So who are the coaches leading Nebraska Cornhuskers football in 2012? It all starts with the man in charge…..
Fifth Season as Head Coach
39-16 Career Record (.709)
Player for Ohio State from 1987-1990
1991 Iowa Graduate Assistant Coach
1994-1996 San Francisco 49ers Assistant Secondary Coach
1997-1999 New England Patriots Assistant Linebackers Coach
2000-2002 Green Bay Packers Assistant Linebackers Coach
2003 Nebraska Cornhusker Defensive Coordinator
2003 (December) Nebraska Interim Head Coach
2004 Oklahoma Assistant Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator
2005-2007 LSU Defensive Coordinator
2008-Present Nebraska Head Coach
Pelini is known for his skill as a defensive coach. In 2011 Pelini let his brother, Carl Pelini, have more power over the defense as he began to take on more responsibility with the team as a whole. As Pelini grows in his coaching experience, the Nebraska football team will get closer to restoring the glory.
The one flaw with Pelini is his ability to land the star recruit. The addition of quarterback Johnny Stanton to the 2013 recruiting class may change that idea of Pelini.
Second Season as Offensive Coordinator
Played for Central Florida from 1984-1985
2005-2007 Kansas Assistant Coach (Wide Receiver Coach)
2008-2010 Nebraska Running Backs Coach
2011-Present Offensive Coordinator
This will be Tim Beck’s second season running the offense for the Cornhuskers. Last year Nebraska went away from the short passing game and implemented more of an option offense. The team looked rusty at times, but should have a better grasp of Beck’s system in their second season.
11th Season at Nebraska, second as the Running Backs Coach
Played for Brown University from 1975-1978
1982 New Jersey Rams Defensive Coordinator
1983 Brown University Freshman Team Head Coach
1984-1986 Brown University Defensive Backs Coach
1987-2003 Nebraska Wide Receivers Coach
2008-2010 Nebraska Tight Ends Coach
2011-Present Nebraska Running Backs Coach
Ron Brown has been with Nebraska for a long time. He understands what Nebraska football is all about. He has had the opportunity to work with one of Nebraska’s best running back, Rex Burkhead, and will have the opportunity to produce many more great running backs in Nebraska’s run-heavy system.
Sixth Season at Nebraska, all as Offensive Line Coach
Played for Nebraska from 1975-1978
Played in the NFL for Cincinnati in 1979 and for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1980-1982
1997-2002 New Mexico State Assistant Head Coach
2003-2006 Nebraska Offensive Line Coach
2008-Present Nebraska Offensive Line Coach
Barney Cotton not only brings his knowledge of coaching the offensive line to Nebraska’s football program, he also has recruited his sons to be good tight ends at Nebraska. His son Ben Cotton will be an important part of the Nebraska offense in 2012.
Second season as Nebraska’s Wide Receivers Coach
Played for Colorado from 1989-1992
1995-1996 Oklahoma State Graduate Assistant
1997-1998 Colorado Graduate Assistant
1999-2000 Idaho Wide Receivers Coach
2001-2003 Idaho Linebackers Coach
2011- Present Nebraska Wide Receivers Coach
Rich Fisher has an important job at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have many talented young wide receivers on their team. It is important that Fisher is able to make these young wide receivers great ones. He is off to a good start by helping wide receiver Kenny Bell become the Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year in 2011.
Fifth season at Nebraska, first as the Defensive Coordinator
2001-2003 Kansas Graduate Assistant
2004-2007 LSU Graduate Assistant
2008-2011 Nebraska Defensive Line / Special Teams Coach
2012 Defensive Coordinator
The big change in the coaching staff in 2012 is the departure of Carl Pelini and the promotion of John Papuchis as Nebraska’s new defensive coordinator. Papuchis is familiar with the Nebraska system and he will work with Bo Pelini to make the Blackshirts dominant once again.
First season as Nebraska’s Defensive Line Coach
Played for Notre Dame 1994-1997
1999-2001 South Carolina Graduate Assistant
2002 South Carolina State Offensive Line Coach
2003 East Tennessee State Offensive Line / Tight End Coach
2004 Elon Offensive Line / Tight End Coach
2005-2006 Iowa Graduate Assistant
2007-2011 Defensive Line Coach
2012 Nebraska Defensive Line Coach
Rick Kaczenski will take over for Papuchis as the defensive line coach. Kaczenski is quickly earning a name for himself as one of the best defensive line coaches in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa has consistently turned out great defensive line players. Hopefully he can do the same with the talent at Nebraska.
Second season at Nebraska, both as the Linebackers Coach
Played for the University of Nebraska at Omaha 1984-1987
1989 Northern Iowa Graduate Assistant
1990-1993 Nebraska Omaha Secondary Coach
1994 Northern Iowa Secondary Coach
2001-2004 New Mexico State Defensive Coordinator
2005-2010 Ohio University Linebackers / Special Teams Coach
2011-Present Nebraska Linebackers Coach
Ross Els is a good linebackers coach, but one of his greatest strengths is his recruiting abilities. Fisher will serve as Nebraska’s recruiting coordinator this season, one of the most important positions on a college football team.
Played Baseball for Northwestern State and played four seasons in the Chicago Cubs minor league system
2006 LSU Graduate Assistant
2007-2009 Louisiana Tech Secondary Coach
2010-2011 Tennessee Secondary Coach
2012 Nebraska Secondary Coach
Joseph began his coaching career learning form Bo Pelini at LSU. Bo Most have liked what he saw in Joseph as he made him the new Secondary Coach for the Cornhuskers. He is the cousin of former Nebraska quarterback Mickey Joseph.
John Garrison—Tight Ends Coach (Fourth season at Nebraska and former Nebraska player 1999-2002)
Jeff Jamrog—Associate Athletic Director for Football Operations (Fifth season at Nebraska and former Nebraska player 1983-1987
James Dobson—Strength and Conditioning Coach (Fifth season at Nebraska)
Joe Gantz—Graduate Assistant (Third year at Nebraska and former Nebraska quarterback 2004-2008)
Jake Mandelko—Graduate Assistant (First season at Nebraska and played for Nebraska Kearney from 2006-2009)
T.J. Hollowell—Graduate Assistant (Second season at Nebraska and former Nebraska player 2000-2003)
Vince Marrow—Graduate Assistant (Second season at Nebraska)
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