Friday, January 25, 2019

Les Miles announces hiring of more KU football staffers

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.


On a busy week for staffing moves, highlighted by the hiring of offensive coordinator Les Koenning, Kansas football coach Les Miles capped it off by announcing the addition of five new employees.

Miles continued to beef up his support staff by naming Joshua Eargle a senior analyst for offense, giving Chidera Uzo-Diribe a quality control position for defense and bringing on Sarah Woodruff as associate director of operations.

Miles also hired Erin Dunston as the director of on-campus recruiting and Hannah Tourtillott as assistant director of on-campus recruiting.

Eargle worked the past three seasons at Austin Peay in various roles, including as the program’s interim head coach, offensive coordinator, run-game coordinator and offensive line coach.

In 2009, Eargle worked in a quality control position for Miles at LSU.

Uzo-Diribe worked the previous four seasons at Colorado, his alma mater. He joined the Buffaloes as a recruiting intern, then worked as a graduate assistant for the defense for three years.

KU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and D-line coach Kwahn Drake both joined Miles’ staff from Colorado.

In his playing days, Uzo-Diribe lettered at Colorado all four years, finishing his career with 20 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 10 forced fumbles.

Woodruff worked with KU’s new director of operations, Mike Huff, this past year at Georgia Tech. Before that, she served as an executive assistant to Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck for 16 months.

Dunston, formerly an athletics administration associate at Purdue, will be responsible for coordinating on-campus recruiting. Dunston spent two years working as a grad assistant on LSU’s football operations staff before earning her master’s degree.

A KU graduate, Tourtillott will assist Dunston in recruiting operations. As an undergraduate and while working toward her master’s degree, Tourtillott worked in the KU men’s basketball office. She is pursuing a master’s in business administration.


Andy Godwin 3 years, 6 months ago

So if Miles does not turn around the KU football program it is not because of lack of financial support for a staff (substantially more than our last three head coaches received under the previous leadership). Clearly the Chancellor and AD are all in. Now the pressure is squarely on the shoulders of Miles to succeed.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

True, but even if that were not the case it would still land squarely on the shoulders of the head coach. Always does.

Brad Avery 3 years, 6 months ago

"Tourtillott worked in the KU men’s basketball office. She is pursuing a master’s in business administration." What a great way to get through grad school, first a gig with Bill Self and now Less Miles.

Steven Haag 3 years, 6 months ago

I’m sure all of these assistants don’t get paid HUGE dollars, but they aren’t working for free. I’m totally lost on how many staff we now have.....I think it exceeds our scholarship players😂😂😂😂. Seriously, can one of these writers gather what our total cost is for the entire football staff is and then have what the total cost of the previous staff was(less the buyout)? It has to be in the millions

Ryan Ferree 3 years, 6 months ago

Love it, we are finally setting ourselves up for success. First step on a long list to make KU Football GREAT AGAIN! ;P

Steps like having a Power 5 conference sized coaching staff will help our program look like a power 5 program.

How were we expecting our players to be as prepared as other teams in the Big 12 when our staff resembled a high school staff.

George Johnston 3 years, 6 months ago

Last year we had 5 directors (Football Operations, Player Personnel & SA Services, Recruiting, Personnel, and Football Technology), 2 Assistant Directors (Recruiting/Special Teams Analyst and Player Personnel/Operations), 1 Senior Analyst, 2 Defensive Analysts, 1 Offensive Analyst, 1 Quality Control Specialist - Offense, 1 Quality Control Specialist - Defense, 2 Certified Athletic Trainers, 3 Assistants on Strength & Conditioning, 1 Equipment Manager, and 1 Administrative Assistant. That's 20 Support Staff personnel although they were obviously at very different levels.

For comparison, in 2017:

Florida State had 10 quality control staffers, a Director of Player Personnel, an Assistant Director of Player Personnel, a Coordinator of On-Campus Recruiting and a Recruiting Assistant, and 3 video coordinators. (17 total)

Clemson had a Director of Football Coaching Technology and a Assistant AD Player Development, a senior offensive analyst, an assistant for defensive player development, and a coordinator of football recruiting communications. (5 total)

N.C. State had 2 football operations staffers, 3 quality control assistants, 4 strength and conditioning coaches, 4 grad assistants, and 6 recruiting specialists (19 total)

Again, it is difficult to compare teams. For example, KU counts grad assistants under coaches while N.C. State counts them as support staff. Do identical titles hide completely different responsibilities? I wouldn't be surprised if Clemson has a lot of support staff personnel who weren't listed.

I got sarcasm but no answers to my questions of a couple of days ago.

How many off-field football analysts and consultants does KU have? How many report to Long and how many to Miles?
How much is KU paying them? How often do analysts and consultants become on-field coaches and vice versa?

(I found an article that says that the NCAA does not limit the number of analysts and consultants.)

George Johnston 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks to Dirk Medema for a couple of long, thoughtful replies to my earlier post.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

George, very few of these analysts are going to report directly to either Miles or Long. Most will report to either the OC or DC or the position group they work with. An analyst involved in scouting is going to report to the coordinator on that side of the ball.

Analysts involved in recruiting will likely report to Miles to get his approval on continuing to recruit a kid.

Edward Daub 3 years, 6 months ago

A new facility will be built to house the employees. Dilbert style cubicles will be fabricated. Les Miles will grow pointy hair. Yes!

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