After seeing his program struggle this past season more than it had in 20 years,
Tech hired Scot Loeffler to be its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Jeff Grimes to be its new offensive line coach and Aaron Moorehead to be its new wide receivers coach. Loeffler and Grimes come to Tech from
Beamer and the three assistant coaches weren't available for comment Friday, but they'll all speak to media next Friday at an introductory press conference.
Tech made room on its staff by shifting former offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, firing former quarterbacks coach and play-caller Mike O'Cain and replacing offensive guards and center coach Curt Newsome, a Phoebus High graduate.
In addition to the dismissal of O'Cain and replacement of Newsome, former receivers coach Kevin Sherman was hired at Purdue to coach the same position. Newsome is reportedly in line to return to James Madison, where he was an assistant coach from 1999-2005, but JMU hasn't made a formal announcement.
Stinespring was Tech's offensive coordinator for the last 11 years, but the need for a change became a pressing issue when Tech went just 7-6 this past season and finished 81st in the nation out of 120 Bowl Subdivision programs in both total offense (376.8 yards per game) and scoring offense (25.1 points per game).
Loeffler, 38, worked with Grimes this past season at Auburn, where Loeffler was the offensive coordinator for a team that went 3-9 and had the nation's 115th rated total offense (305 yards per game). Loeffler and Grimes, who was Auburn's offensive line coach, were fired after the season along with coach Gene Chizik and the rest of his staff.
Despite that rough coaching stop, Loeffler has had some success running his pro style attack. He helped Temple go 9-4 in the '11 season as offensive coordinator on former
Temple was seventh in the nation in rushing offense (256.6 yards per game) that season, 39th in scoring (30.62 points per game) and 63rd in total offense (383 yards per game). It was just 116th in passing offense (126.8 yards per game).
In the '10 season, prior to Loeffler's arrival, Temple was 67th in rushing offense (150.3 yards per game), 79th in scoring offense (25 points per game) and 89th in total offense (334.1 yards per game).
Loeffler, who graduated from
Loeffler worked as the quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan (2000 and '01), Michigan ('02-'07) and Florida ('09 and '10). He also coached quarterbacks in the
Now, Loeffler will get to work with Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, who announced Tuesday he'll be returning to Tech for his senior season instead of entering the
Though Grimes, 44, has a season of experience working with Loeffler, Grimes also spent the three previous seasons as the Tigers' offensive line coach. He coached the offensive line in the '10 season for the Auburn team that won the national championship and set school records for total yards (6,989), points (577), rushing touchdowns (41), passing touchdowns (31) and rushing yards (3,987).
After his playing career as an offensive tackle from '87 through '90 at Texas-El Paso, he had college coaching stops at Rice (graduate assistant in '95), Texas A&M (graduate assistant in '96 and '97), Hardin-Simmons (offensive line coach in '98 and '99), Boise State (offensive line coach in 2000), Arizona State (offensive line coach and running game coordinator from '01 through '03), Brigham Young (offensive line coach from '04 through '06) and Colorado (offensive line coach, running game coordinator and assistant head coach in '07 and '08) before coming to Auburn in '09.
At Tech, he'll have to immediately find new starters at left tackle and right tackle. Left guard David Wang, center Andrew Miller and right guard Brent Benedict are all back on the interior line.
Moorehead, a 32-year-old native of Deerfield, Ill., who played receiver from 1999-2002 at Illinois, spent the last three seasons as an offensive assistant coach at Stanford. Prior to his time at Stanford, he was a graduate assistant in the '09 season at New Mexico, where he worked with the wide receivers.
He was in the NFL for five seasons with the