MONDAY, JULY 17, 2000
Football Announces Staff Changes
July 16, 2000
JACKSONVILLE,Fla. - Shap Boyd has been promoted to defensive coordinator and Rick Humphreys has been promoted to full-time linebackers and special teams coach, Jacksonville University head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. Boyd replaces Mark Fetterman, who left for a position at Lehigh University, while Humphreys begins his first season as a full-time assistant at JU.
Boyd begins his second season on the JU staff after spending last year as the secondary coach. Two of Boyd's defensive backs ranked in the top 50 nationally last year in interceptions, while the Dolphins ranked 12th nationally in turnover margin (+1.00). Cornerback Eric Wells ranked 18th in the country with 0.50 interceptions per game (4 in 8 games), while Tyrone Wright ranked 43rd nationally with 0.44 picks per contest (4 in 9 games).
Boyd, who will continue coaching the secondary, will institute an up-the-field defensive that involves more team speed and more people at the point of attack. Boyd came to JU after a season as defensive coordinator at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, where his defense ranked No. 1 in central Florida yielding just 122 yards per game. The former two-time All-Southern College Athletic Conference free safety has also coached at his alma mater, Sewanee, as well as Middle Tennessee St., Kentucky, Lock Haven and Lycoming.
Humphreys has been on the JU staff since its inaugural season in 1998 after spending two years as defensive coordinator at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville. The former Rutgers linebacker/special teams ace coached the Dolphin linebackers in 1998 before taking over the defensive line last season.