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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Les Miles hires more support staff for KU football

University of Kansas football coach Les Miles smiles as he addresses the media Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Hadl Auditorium.

University of Kansas football coach Les Miles smiles as he addresses the media Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Hadl Auditorium.

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First-year Kansas coach Les Miles announced Tuesday the hiring of three new football support staff members.

Miles is bringing on Edward Jones II as director of player development, Will Redmond as director of recruiting and Mike Huff as director of operations.

Additionally, fifth-year KU staffer Tyler Olker’s job description shifted slightly. Olker is now director of recruiting operations, after working for former head coach David Beaty as director of recruiting.

Jones spent the previous two years as director of player development at Houston, his alma mater. During Jones’ first of three years with the football program there, he was director of high school relations and player development.

Redmond, meanwhile, worked at Middle Tennessee the past three years, as director of player personnel.

Huff will relocate to Lawrence after serving in various capacities at Georgia Tech for the past 11 years. Most recently, Huff was director of football operations for the ACC program for six years.

KU recently fired director of football operations Nolan Jones, who was hired by Beaty and worked for the program for three years.

Olker’s responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating KU football’s daily recruiting operations.

This past week, Miles announced the hiring of director of player personnel Dave Shumate and senior analyst for special teams Devin Ducote.

Miles remains in the process of finding an offensive coordinator, after Chip Lindsey left to become the head coach at Troy.

Comments

Buck Bukaty 10 months ago

What's the high school ambassador admin position status of the former Olathe North coach (Gene Weir is his name?)? Did we retain him?

[''] 10 months ago

Weir left in like mid-season didn't he? That's what one poster here said months ago.

[''] 10 months ago

Tyler Olker was our director of recruiting??? Is that different than recruiting coordinator? Wasn't Kenny Perry our supposed RC? Not that it mattered.

Dirk Medema 10 months ago

These positions are all the non-coaching support staff positions mentioned as a deficiency of the program previously. I'm recalling Long saying that we are something like a dozen fewer support staff for the program than the next smallest staff (KSU?). They do all the behind the scenes stuff that allows the coaches to focus more on coaching and recruiting. So much other stuff.

Maybe Matt or Benton can do an article on the in-season and out of season activities of the various positions and how that affects the coaches.

Jeff Coffman 10 months ago

These are differences between three and six wins longterm.

Add an OC and a Strength and Conditioning coach and we are putting the icing on the cake.

Thanks Jeff Long for putting some pieces together.

Jim Stauffer 10 months ago

Let's just keep the guy we have in S&C.

Chris DeWeese 10 months ago

I'm liking the greater transparency with regard to staffing and scholarships. Keep it up Miles.

Edward Daub 10 months ago

Edward Jones will also serve as a Financial Advisor?

Seriously, Les Miles is working overtime on the O.C. Hire! Critical to KU's future!

Hire whomever Jalen Hurts recommends? Yes!

[''] 10 months ago

Too late. He just signed with OU. Smart kid. Will be the third OU QB to win Heisman in a row. Book it!

Dirk Medema 10 months ago

Thanks for the info. Hadn't heard that. There was all sorts of (ESPN) speculation about him going to various programs. Some of the rationale was that a couple had hired his QB coach and OC - though not identifying that those were also the people that demoted him.

Regardless, OU makes so much sense. Wouldn't it be crazy if he leads them to a victory over Bama. That would be sweet.

Len Shaffer 10 months ago

Damn, that's a shame. We were SO close to beating OU this year and now we have no chance ...

Clarence Haynes 10 months ago

Last Fall, Jeff Long asserted that these positions had to be created and filled!

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