Originally published February 11, 2013 at 03:58p.m., updated February 12, 2013 at 12:43a.m.

KU football program announces numerous coaching staff tweaks

Weis welcomes 3 new faces and several staffers shift roles


Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced several changes to his coaching staff Monday afternoon, most involving people in behind-the-scenes roles.

One of the biggest moves involves defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who has a new title: assistant head coach for defense. According to the release sent out by KU, Campo will still coach defensive backs.

He now will be aided by Scott Vestal, who previously served as KU’s assistant director of operations and will become an assistant defensive backs coach who works closely with special teams.

A couple of other names who shifted into new roles include: Rod Jones, who moves from graduate assistant to director of high school relations; Maurice Crum, Jr., who moves from GA to assistant director of operations; Matt Shula, who worked in quality control in 2012 and now will be a graduate assistant with an emphasis on special teams; and Mark Ross, who moves from intern to offensive quality control.

Weis also announced three new members of the staff in the release. Louie Matsakis, who previously worked at Kansas under Mark Mangino, will be KU’s new director of personnel. Max Onyegbule, a former KU defensive lineman (2006-09) will serve as a graduate assistant on defense. And Ty Greenwood, formerly the defensive coordinator at Pierce College in Los Angeles, joins as a quality control coach for defense.

The promotion of Vestal to full-time assistant, fills out KU’s coaching staff, which previously had an opening because of former linebackers coach DeMontie Cross’ move to TCU. Clint Bowen, who last year coached safeties and special teams, moved into Cross’ role coaching linebackers.


David Meredith 8 years, 10 months ago

Matt, does this mean Campo has less of a role with the defense? If so, that doesn't sound good.

TheRealTripleA 8 years, 10 months ago

Seems like he'll be doing the same job with a different title from what I can gather.

Matt Tait 8 years, 10 months ago

That's how I understand it... Weis won't be available until March 4, but that's definitely at the top of the list of questions.

jay381 8 years, 10 months ago

Just a guess but at first read my guess was it was to elevate a compensation package. That is fine with me. He has done one heck of a job.

Boouk 8 years, 10 months ago

Greenwood might bring some of the wrinkles from the 3-4 defense he ran at Pierce to Lawrence. His addition should help us in juco recruiting.

kellerman411 8 years, 10 months ago

This hire is simply to strengthen the Juco pipeline that Charlie is building. By hiring him, he bought this guy's relationships which will pay dividends over the next couple years.

Maxandwillie 8 years, 10 months ago

Bakersfield College won the Juco state title in California this year.

texashawk10 8 years, 10 months ago

Vestal is essentially doing what Bowen did last year if I read this right? What's his background in coaching prior to his position of assistant director of operations last year and will Bowen still be coaching special teams or will he be exclusively the LBs coach next year?

kellerman411 8 years, 10 months ago

I hate to be nasty but what successful unit has Clint Bowen ever been in charge of? If there is one, please let me know because everything he has been in charge of for the last few years has been literally the worst aspect of our team. Defense under Gill.... Special Teams under Weis....

It sounds like he brought in some nice pieces for us this year but no one can deny that the guy has really struggled as of late. I hope he gets it together.

HAWKS1 8 years, 10 months ago

I agree Kellerman411. Bowen is a great kid and a former Jayhawk football player....but as far as coaching.....brings nothing to the table.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 10 months ago

Bowen has not been a part of KU football since '09 so you're both wrong. He was however, D-Coordinator when we went to the insight bowl in '08.

Regarding ST, we just need better players which tends to solve a lot of problems.

Tad Shurtz 8 years, 9 months ago

To add to the above, Bowen was also co-defensive coordinator the year we won the orange bowl. He got out of dodge before the Gill trainwreck. Pretty big insult to hurl in his direction.

Lance Meier 8 years, 9 months ago

U can only do so much with what U have, not one phase of the game was worth a damn last yr. Offense was terrible, Crist couldn't throw a decent pass to save his life, all we did besides that was up the gut. Defense stopped "NOBODY"!!! Watching each game, we had decent pursuit to the sidelines but our first hit on runs around the end were 5 and at times 7 yards down the field... That is the worst. I went back through the schedule and KU woulda/coulda/shoulda beat Texas, then they had Texas Tech beat and had their chances with Rice, N. Illinois and even ksu. They had their chances and like in the past 3-4-5 yrs could not finish. Not one coach can say their specialty position(s) did anything positive, bringing in the JC's I hope will get thing turned around, anything has got to be better than the last 3-4 years...

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