Thursday, December 31, 2009

KU football adds Richmond’s Shealy


Richmond defensive coordinator Vic Shealy will join Kansas University football coach Turner Gill's staff as a defensive position coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Shealy, whose official title is not yet known, joins offensive coordinator Chuck Long, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, special teams coordinator/tight-ends coach Aaron Stamn, Reggie Mitchell (expected to serve as running backs coach), Darrell Wyatt (wide receivers) and J.B. Grimes (offensive line) as the known members of Kansas' new regime.

During a nearly 24-year coaching career, Shealy has coached at six schools, including Baylor, Austin Peay and Air Force, where he served alongside former Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. As head coach at Azusa Pacific he led the school to its first-ever NAIA national championship in 1998 and was named NAIA national coach of the year.

Prior to his one year stint at Richmond, during which the Spiders went 11-2, Shealy spent four years as an assistant at UNLV, where he served, at various times, as the assistant head coach, secondary coach, defensive coordinator and pass defensive coordinator.

Gill is expected to officially announce his staff early next week.


Dirk Medema 9 years, 2 months ago

Richmond was D2 this year, but one of the best and beat some D1 programs. I think their HC took the UVa position, so he apparently was one of those left behind. All the better. Another HC/DC/OC/RC joining the team. This is becoming an amazing coaching staff.

guroose 9 years, 2 months ago

Mike London reminded me a lot of TG and, yes, he took the UVa HC position. Sounds like Shealy should be a good fit!

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 2 months ago

Richmond is FCS...what was known formally as D-IAA. Nonetheless, you are correct, dagger108...they were/are studly...they took out UVa this year. Saw them take out my beloved UMont Griz last year in the FCS title game in Chattanooga.

Layne Pierce 9 years, 2 months ago

The staff assembled so far will take us far, we need just as good of assistants for the defensive backs and defensive line. The first game with Turner Gill on the sideline in blue, is going to really be something.

100 9 years, 2 months ago


I have never seen a KU coaching staff with even one of these types of resumes!!!!

The KU Dynasty's football foundation has officialy been poured, not using concrete, but what appears to be titanium -- now we're (finally!!!!) at a recruiting place we could have never dreamed of being, able to not only compete for the best, but land & develop many of them using the best polycarbon elemental coaching tool available -- pride & character.

Let's start hauling in those blue chippers Coach Gill!!!!!!!

Blake Post 9 years, 2 months ago

good NY resolution I guess.

Missouri really really stunk today. ISU playing in a bowl? And we aren't? They are playing the team in the bowl we did last year. We killed em. ISU gets our leftovers. Something wrong with this picture.
We had the potential to do so much more. Reesing throws for 500 freaking yards v. mu, and we don't win? Oh well. Orange glow still fills up the glass.

Blake Post 9 years, 2 months ago

Nebrasska got to play the biggest team pansy ever

huskercarpenter 9 years, 2 months ago

this coaching staff is looking pretty good, will be nice to see the complete staff.

does anybody know how many scholarships they have available for this year?

hawkman1031 why do you say that, calling any stoops team a pansy, not sure that is a very accurate comment. personally i think the huskers are just that good. bo said he thinks they can beat anyone in the country now. what a difference having players healthy can make. plus the zona players were talking trash before the game. that tends to motivate a good team, oops sorry a great team!!!!!!!!!!

i am looking forward to kansas vs. nebraska next year, i have a feeling this game will decide the north. call me crazy, but i just have that feeling.

Mike Payne 9 years, 2 months ago

Is it just me or am I the only one that notices that Gilll is hiring hassss beens. People that could not cut it as head coaches and after that really haven't done anything. we are giving Gill praise for saving one out of four players in the class for next year. just remember mark mangino was the one that recruited the top ten class for next year. if we are a top twenty now Gill will have done a hell of a job. but lets not just give it to him. as a head coach he should retain the class and build from it. we were ranked sixth in recruiting for 2010. if we make top twenty I will be happy. for next year if we are not top ten....then well we just wasted alot of our tax payer money.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 2 months ago

mjrpayne - Where are you getting your recruiting #'s? I have never seen a top 10 recruiting class in FB.

They have consistently been getting better, with last year's being like 30. Rivals currently has us as 50th with 14 recruits totalling 522 pts. That's over 1,300 pts out of the top 10.

Five of the next 13 teams have relatively complete classes, so we might be able to pass a few and get top 40 by the time they are done adding players, but even top 30 is unlikely this year, much less 10 or 20.

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 2 months ago

we don't have, and never had, a top 10 class. Our class is good, and I expect Turner Gill to keep it. Terry is on board, and i expect Grissom to stay as well.

Moo has another good recruiting year too...but as we saw yesterday, their head coach keep underachieving. what is it with this program? the most overhyped, falling hard football team in American maybe.

Good grief, 35-13 to Navy? they gave up almost 400 yards rushing? i understand that Navy is basically the only school to run the triple option but my goodness...Miz zou has all of these athletes and they fly to the football and on and on...and they get hammered like this? Complete domination. And then Iowa St. wins the bowl game that Moo fans said they deserved....too funny.

i really can't wait for next year. I think we'll be a lot better than people think. will be under the radar for coach, turmoil of the transition, new QB...the new NU, and Moo and KSuck etc. etc. etc.

it's going to be a lot of fun.

number1jayhawker 9 years, 2 months ago

Richmond also beat Duke this year if IIRC.

We basically have the same recruits that Mangino had and we are ranked 50th like dagger said. Mangino has never got above 30, even after an Orange Bowl win.

Ranked 31st in 2009 and 40th in 2008, which was behind Ron Prince and Ksucks at 27th.

KU 9 years, 2 months ago

So we have 8 coaches now. All seem to have had high level responsibilities with other programs. My question last week was about the maximum number of coaches allowed under NCAA rules. Yesterday, I heard an announcer on the MU-Navy game say 9 is the max, except for the service academies. If that's true, we are very heavily skewed to the offensive side of the ball--6 of the 8 guys are offensive coaches. If we only have one more spot to fill, that seems very unbalanced. I would rather see more emphasis on defense. We've all seen what defense can do for you, even if you have zero offense--NU.

troutsee 9 years, 2 months ago are correct. Bob Davies said yesterday that NCAA rules limit teams with 85 scholarships to 9 full time coaches. Navy, Air Force, and Army are allowed 10 because essentially all of their students are on scholarship...kind of screwy reasoning, if you ask me, but Davies certainly knows his stuff. I thought the limit was 12. Davies never mentioned anything about part-time status. So, maybe teams can have 9 plus 3 part-timers? Anyway, we definitely need help on the defensive side of the ball. We'll see how it all shakes out when the staff is completed.

JBurtin 9 years, 2 months ago

Add a defensive line coach and perhaps a linebackers coach (though that is Torbush's specialty) and I'm not sure what else you need. I think Turner himself will want to handle the quarterback coaching duties.

Head coach: Turner Gill

Offensive Coordinator: Chuck Long Running Backs Coach: Reggie Mitchell (also recruiting coordinator) Offensive Line Coach: JB Grimes Quarterback's Coach: (Gill himself could possibly handle) Wide Receiver's Coach: Darrel Wyatt

Defensive Coordinator: Carl Torbush D-Line Coach: ? Secondary Coach: Likely Vic Shealy Linebacker's Coach: (This is Torbush's specialty, so you might not hire one separately)

Special Teams Coordinator: Aaron Stamm (also coaching Tight Ends)

I don't think it's so much about how many guys are coaching on each side of the ball, but rather having a specialist at each position that matters. Offense just has more oddball specialties, where there are really only three major categories on Defense.

Jeffery Barrett 9 years, 2 months ago

mjrpayne must have meant top ten in the conference.

KU 9 years, 2 months ago

JBurtin......You may be right. I just checked Nebraska's coaching staff and it may be 9 assistant coaches plus the head coach rather than 9 total. That would give us room to hire 2 more defensive coaches.

NU has Pelini (defensive guy), Pelini's brother (DC/DL), Sanders (secondary), Ekeler (LB), and Papuchis (DE).

Then they have 5 offensive coaches.

So now--after seeing that and getting your input about only having 3 "specialties" on defense--I can see better why Tom Osborne hired a defensive-minded coach as the head coach rather than Gill. It balances out the coaching brain power more between offense and defense.

KU 9 years, 2 months ago

In my mind, I want an even split between offensive and defensive coaches. You should have roughly equal numbers of offensive and defensive players, so skewing the coaching staff 6 offense-4 defense cannot help you develop fundamentals and techniques on the defensive side of the ball because you have a higher player/coach ratio. Someone will argue that you can stick a grad assistant on the defensive side of the ball, but the GA inherently lacks experience and expertise.

Maybe this is a mute point. Perhaps one of the guys Gill has already hired has some defensive experience? But in the offense-heavy Big 12, I really want to see more emphasis on our defense.

hypersocial 9 years, 2 months ago

The legit limit is the head coach and nine assistants. Then you have an offensive and defensive GA. Then you have the "others"...which most every program has. These guys are essentially coaches, but they don't recruit and do not get the coaching salary. These guys will fill the positions of Quality Control Coordinator, sometimes the assistant VC (KU did this under coach), Asst. Director of Football Operations, etc. Then you sometimes end up with volunteer "player" coaches...I don't know if you're limited on their count. (Johnny Beck and Kevin Kane both did this for us previously).

JBurtin 9 years, 2 months ago

I would also have to add that you shouldn't assume that because a guy played offense that he's automatically an offensive-minded coach that doesn't know his defense. Especially when that guy played quarterback.

Quarterbacks have to read the defense on each and every play and figure out how to beat them, so in a way, Gill may be uniquely suited to figuring out the kinds of defensive situations that he never liked having to play against.

I would also argue (and I think Coach Gill would agree) that the quality of your personnel has a ton to do with what kind of a defense you are able to run. For instance, having great defensive backs allows a team to play man-to-man and risk more blitzing by the linebackers. I think Turner Gill's true strength as a coach is not in the X's and O's on either side of the ball. His strength is his charisma and ability to make young men want to play for him. So far he has done a great job keeping nearly all of the class that Mangino's staff was able to pull in. Given a full year with his staff to recruit the next class and I think you'll see guys popping up on our list that wouldn't have given Coach Mangino the time of day.

hammerhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Wow. What a basketball game!

Too bad about OSU...not. Big 12 looks pretty weak. The TT AD must have called someone from Lawrence for advice. Bad advice there too.

Sure seems as though our new FB coach is doing things right. Lord knows we needed new offensive and defensive staff to lead the team.

Bill Kackley 9 years, 2 months ago

Forget just keeping most of Mangino's recruits, Gil needs to bring in about 12 of his own.

ryanzig 9 years, 2 months ago

The recruiting class will be solid! He started recruiting before he even officially step foot in Lawrence and had about a dozen prospects at the basketball game when he was introduced. Also, his staff he's handpicked are also known for their recruiting. Im so excited about the 2010 football season and I just cant hide it.

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