Internet research and a source close to the Kent State athletic department confirmed Monday evening that new football coach Paul Haynes has hired all but one of his staff assistants, the group meeting earlier in the day to begin working the Golden Flashes recruiting board.
There are currently three holdovers from former coach Darrell Hazell’s staff and possibly a fourth coming soon. The three already in place are: Brian Rock (continuing on as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach), Brian George (current defensive line coach who will add the title of defensive coordinator) and Jeff Burrow (staying on as safeties coach).
Haynes has yet to name a tight ends coach, although there’s been speculation that current Flashes special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Dave McMichael could remain on staff in the position.
The new coaches are: linebackers coach Ben Needham (formerly the defensive quality control coach at Ohio State), cornerbacks coach Amp Campbell (secondary coach at Western Michigan), receivers coach Doc Gamble (running backs/tight ends coach at Alcorn State), running backs coach Ted Bahhur (coming from Colorado State, but he's a Flashes alum who served as a defensive assistant coach at KSU, from where he earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice in 1992), offensive line coach Shawn Clark (who held the same position at Purdue) and strength & conditioning coach Antoine Sharp (an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Arkansas).