CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – New University of Miami football head coach Mark Richt is hoping to rebuild the Hurricanes into the dominant team that they were for almost three decades.
On Wednesday he announced the first assistants added to his coaching staff.
Thomas Brown, Craig Kuligowski, Todd Hartley and Jon Richt are the new additions.
“I could not be happier to add each of these individuals to our coaching staff,” said Mark Richt. “Not only are they great coaches, but they are great people, who instill the values that our young people will need to be successful in the classroom, in the community and on the field.”
Brown will serve as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He worked on Richt’s staff at Georgia in 2015 coaching the running backs.
During Brown’s time at Georgia the team rushed for 2,513 yards, an average of 194.3 yards per game.
Before that Brown coached Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin in 2014. Gordon ran for 2,587 yards and 32 total touchdowns, the second-best season ever by a running back in college football.
Kuligowski will be the team’s defensive line coach. He has spent the past 15 years as the defensive line coach at the University of Missouri, the longest-tenured position coach in the SEC.
While at Missouri Kuligowski produced four first round NFL Draft picks since 2009 and coached 24 players to all-conference honors.
Hartley will handle special teams coordinator responsibilities. He previously served as the Director of Player Personnel at Georgia and before that he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall University.
Jon Richt, the son of Mark Richt, will be an offensive assistant. Last season he worked with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills also as an offensive assistant.
The year before that Richt served on his father’s staff at Georgia, working as a quality control assistant.
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