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VanGorder begins assembling coaching staff

January 4, 2006

Statesboro - Georgia Southern football coach Brian VanGorder announced the hiring of seven assistant coaches to his staff.

Joining the Eagle Football program are: Darin Hinshaw (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks), Scott Fountain (Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator), Deion Melvin (Defensive Coordinator), Joe Danna (Secondary), Jeff Beckles (Wide Receivers) and Parker Wildeman (Defensive Line).

Chad Lunsford (Running Backs) rejoins the football coaching staff, having worked the past three seasons with the Eagles.

Hinshaw worked at Middle Tennessee State the past five years, his first two as running backs coach then the last three seasons as co-offensive coordinator.

He made his way to Middle Tennessee after coaching at UCF from 1999 to 2000.

A record-setting quarterback during his playing days for the Golden Knights, Hinshaw started as a graduate assistant before getting promoted to quarterbacks coach the following season.

Fountain spent the past two seasons as the offensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State . Prior to his tenure at MTSU, Fountain also coached for seven years at UCF and was a graduate assistant coach at Florida State .

Melvin comes to Georgia Southern after serving as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Missouri State the previous seven years. Last year the Bears boasted the third-best passing defense and ranked third in pass efficiency defense in the Gateway Conference. He also coached Western Illinois from 1994 until leaving for Missouri State in 1999.

A former assistant coach at Central Michigan , Danna had stints as the secondary (2003-04) and wide receivers (2002, ’05) coach while with the Chippewas.

Following his playing career at CMU, Danna served as a graduate assistant on VanGorder’s defense working with the secondary at Georgia in 2001.

Beckles spent three seasons at Georgia as a graduate assistant coach (2002, 2004-05) working with the wide receivers. Beckles was part of the coaching staff that led the Bulldogs to three January Bowl games during his tenure. He was the wide receivers coach at Central Michigan in 2003. As a wide receiver at Florida State, he was part of the senior class that won four of the five most prestigious bowls (Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton and Orange) and the team's first ever conference championship in 1992.

Wildeman comes to Georgia Southern after coaching the past two seasons at Western Illinois .

The defensive line coach for the Leathernecks, he had two stints in Macomb . During his initial two-year run, Wildeman worked with then-defensive coordinator VanGorder in 2000. That team won the Gateway title with a 9-3 overall record (5-1 league mark) and climbed as high as No. 3 in the national polls.

Lunsford worked with the Eagles’ slotbacks the previous three seasons, helping the Eagles continue its dominance as the nation’s top rushing team.

Georgia Southern has won the past five NCAA I-AA rushing titles.

“I feel very fortunate to have a coaching staff of this caliber in place. There were a lot of attractive candidates out there but I think we found an experienced group that will be a great fit for myself and Georgia Southern,” said VanGorder. “Our staff has already hit the ground running, working on recruiting and preparing for spring practice. I expect myself and my staff to provide leadership to the student-athletes on and off the field and all of us represent Georgia Southern in a first-class manner.”

from:  Georgia Southern Sports Information

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