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Friday, June 11, 2021

Lance Leipold announces new additions to KU football support staff

Head Football Coach Lance Leipold talks with media members on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Head Football Coach Lance Leipold talks with media members on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

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Kansas football head coach Lance Leipold announced on Friday the hiring of three new members of the Jayhawks’ support staff, as well as a new role for another staffer.

Two of the program’s newest employees, director of scouting Scott Aligo and director of recruiting Greg Svarczkopf, will play key roles in KU’s behind the scenes recruiting efforts.

Leipold also hired Stephen Matos as a senior offensive analyst and announced that Tory Teykl, who formerly held the title of director of football operations, will remain on staff as the director of player development.

“We’re very happy to have Scott, Greg, Tory and Stephen on our staff,” Leipold stated in a KU release.

A 2005 KU graduate and native of nearby Tonganoxie, Aligo joined the Jayhawks after working last year as Michigan State’s director of player personnel, a position he also held at Akron in 2019.

Earlier in his career, Aligo worked in the NFL for seven-plus years, most recently as a player personnel associate with Cleveland from 2014-15. Previously, Aligo worked for Kansas City as a personnel assistant from 2005-09.

Svarczkopf was Army’s director of recruiting before joining Leipold’s staff at KU. Svarczkopf first worked as Army’s director of on-campus recruiting before being promoted.

Prior to his time with Army football, Svarczkopf spent three years at New Mexico, working his way up from graduate assistant to director of recruiting.

“This is a critical time in recruiting, and Scott and Greg both have accomplished backgrounds in that area and bring great experience and evaluation skills,” Leipold said.

Matos, like so many of KU’s new assistants and staff members, followed Leipold to Lawrence from Buffalo. Matos spent the previous two years as a UB graduate assistant, focusing on the defensive line in 2019 and the offensive line in 2020.

Leipold expects Matos “will be a great addition here with his strong work ethic and deep knowledge of our system and culture.”

Matos joins Kevin Wewers as a senior analyst for the KU offense. The defensive senior analysts are Jordan Peterson, Chris Woods and Brock Caraboa. KU also has two senior special teams analysts — Luke Roth and Taiwo Onatolu — and two quality control staffers — Travis Partridge for the offense and Thomas Wells for the defense — in place.

Teykl first came to KU in 2020, when she was hired as an assistant athletic director for football operations, after holding that same job at Texas for the previous three years.

“I’m extremely excited to retain Tory on staff and transition her to this role,” Leipold said. “She will be a tremendous asset teaming up with (director of football relations) Darrell Stuckey to provide our (players) with outstanding support.”

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Benton - Thanks for the behind the scenes updates. There have been articles in the past that touched on the number of noncoaching members of the staff we had or needed to catch up the rest of the football world. When Miles came, I recall there being discussion about improving that part of staffing because we were dead last. Any idea where we stand today? Maybe a summer article?

Dale Rogers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

My wife and I are wondering the same thing. How does our staff stack up with the rest of the Big 12, at least in terms of numbers and positions. Thanks, Benton, for whatever info you can provide.

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