TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2007
Bell begins to assemble coaching staff at JU
Jan. 30, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New JU head football coach Kerwin Bell has started to put the pieces together for his coaching staff, bringing in four new coaches while retaining two.
Bell's first staff will feature the coaching experience of 35-year veteran Ron McCrone, who will serve as defensive coordinator, along with the playing experience of NFL veteran wide receiver Ernie Mills as well as defensive lineman Ernie Logan, who was retained from last year's staff.
Andy McLeod, who served as interim head coach during the search for a new head coach, has been retained to coach the offensive line as well as being the program's recruiting coordinator.
The other new staff members are Terry Fillyaw, one of Bell's assistant coaches at Trinity Catholic High School, and Kerry (pronounced Curry) Webb, who spent the past two seasons with the ultra-successful program at Valdosta State.
Bell will serve as his own offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"These men have a great passion for football and when you put it all together, you have a combination of great experience and youthful enthusiasm," Bell said. "They are all excited about the plan we have for the future and are committed to taking this program to a higher level."
Mills and Logan bring valuable experience from years of playing in the NFL. Mills spent nine years in the league playing wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys - starting for the Steelers in the 1995 Super Bowl. Mills will coach the wide receivers at JU.
Mills was a collegiate teammate of Bell's at Florida before his career in the pros. The two trained together during the offseason in Gainesville.
Logan, who has been an assistant on the JU staff for the past three seasons, returns as the defensive line coach - one of the Dolphins' strong points under his tutelage. Logan spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
McCrone, a native of Jacksonville, a Florida graduate and member of the 1967 Orange Bowl team, comes to JU after spending last season as the linebackers coach at UAB. He brings more than 35 years of coaching experience to the staff, having served as an assistant coach at Auburn, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Florida, UCF and two years in the United States Football League with the Tampa Bay Bandits.
He has also been a head coach as well, running the program at Citrus High School (Inverness, Fla.) and Orange Park High School. He also served as head coach of the Jacksonville Tomcats for one year in the Arena Football League 2.
Fillyaw brings years of experience in the game as well as a familiarity with Bell's program having spent the past five seasons as an assistant under him. Fillyaw brings a different collegiate playing background to the program, having played defensive back at Florida State in 1991.
Fillyaw will handle the defensive backs and will be the special teams coordinator.
McLeod comes back for his fifth season at JU and his first as the recruiting coordinator. McLeod will continue to lead the front five for the Dolphins after coaching the group that led to several offensive school records.
Webb comes to Jacksonville after spending the past two seasons with Division II powerhouse Valdosta State under new Georgia Southern head coach Chris Hatcher. A native of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Webb worked with the football program while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Florida. Following graduation, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Vernon High School before joining the staff at Valdosta.
JU COACHING STAFF