Football announces final coaching staff additions

July 13, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Brian Ferguson (running backs) and Scott Hughes (wide receivers) while also adding Lt. David Hills as a volunteer kicking specialist, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today.

After announcing the promotion of fourth-year coach Luther Price from wide receivers to defensive backs/special team/recruiting coordinator this summer, second-year coach Thomas Wagers will move from tight ends to quarterbacks and third-year offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Andy McLeod will incorporate tight ends. The trio replaces Jason DesJarlais (Yale), Chris Norris (Southeast Missouri) and Ryan Silverfield (Central Florida).

"I am very happy with the makeup of the staff heading into this season," said Gilbert, who is in his ninth year at the helm of the program. "We lost some talented coaches to better opportunities but we have brought it a ton of experience at every level of football."

Ferguson begins his first season with the Dolphin coaching staff after serving the past season as a coaching intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the 2005 season with the Jags, Ferguson assisted the strength and conditioning coach in all areas, including drill work with the offensive line and running backs as the team finished 12-4 on the year. Prior to Jacksonville, he served as an offensive assistant and strength coach with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe from 2001-03. During that time he worked with tight ends and running backs, including Baltimore Ravens' starting tailback Jason Brooking, Pepe Person and NFL Europe Player of the Year Jamal Robertson. Before moving to NFL Europe, Ferguson was a part-time assistant strength coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2000-01. He has also worked in pre-season training camps for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-04), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1999 & 2002) and the New York/New Jersey Hitman of the XFL (2001) and had short stints as a strength coach with the University of South Florida and the New York Yankees in 2002.

Hughes enters his first season at JU after serving as an assistant coach at Division II Glenville State (W.V.) College last season. In his one year with the Pioneers, he handled the running backs and special teams units while also coaching the offensive scout team and serving as video coordinator as the squad finished 9-2 on the year. Prior to Glenville State, Hughes was an assistant coach at Auburn High School in Riner, Va. in 2004. His duties included working with the quarterbacks and special teams units. As a player, he was a walk-on at Virginia Tech from 2000-04 as a wide receiver, quarterback, cornerback and on special teams. From 2001-02, hew was a member of the Hokies' squad that beat Clemson and lost to Florida State at Alltel Stadium for the Gator Bowl.

Hills, who is currently an Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Officer in the U.S. Navy, joins the Dolphin staff after coaching kickers, punters and snappers for Naval from 2002-03. A graduate of Navy in 2002, he earned first team all-Independent accolades and was invited to the 2001 Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic as a kicker after leading all Division I-A schools with a 94 percent field-goal percentage.