|New Football Coaching Staff In Place|
The return of a former San Jose State University football assistant coach in a new role as a defensive coordinator, two former National Football League players each with more than 100 games of pro experience, and coaches that were a part of new Spartans head coach Ron Caragher's staffs at the University of San Diego form San Jose State's 2013 coaching staff. Now in his second month as head coach, Caragher made the announcement.
Jimmie Dougherty, Hank Fraley, James Jones, Greg Lewis, Joe Staab, Kenwick Thompson and Donte Williams are joining Caragher's first San Jose State coaching staff. They join returning assistant coaches Fred Guidici, entering his second season, and Terry Malley, beginning his fifth season, as the Spartans' staff for the upcoming season.
Dougherty will be the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach; Fraley, offensive line coach; Jones, defensive line coach; Lewis, wide receivers coach; Staab, safeties coach; Thompson, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach; and Williams, cornerbacks coach.
Guidici remains as special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Malley will coach the tight ends and continue as recruiting coordinator.
Dougherty, Fraley, Lewis and Staab worked with Caragher during his highly successful six-season head coaching assignment at the University of San Diego (USD).
Thompson is returning to San Jose State for his second tenure as a Spartans' assistant coach.
Dougherty comes to San Jose State after spending the 2009 through 2012 seasons coaching wide receivers at the University of Washington. In his last three seasons with the Huskies, Washington participated in the 2010 Holiday, 2011 Alamo and 2012 Maaco Las Vegas Bowls. For 2012, Dougherty added the title of passing game coordinator.
The Spartans' new offensive coordinator re-unites with Caragher. The two worked together in 2007 and 2008 at USD. In all, Dougherty coached five seasons with the Toreros - the first three with current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
A quarterback at the University of Missouri during the 1997 through 2001 seasons, Dougherty began his coaching career at Illinois Wesleyan College in 2002 and was there three seasons.
Thompson had a variety of coaching responsibilities at San Jose State during the 2001 through 2006 seasons under head coaches Fitz Hill and Dick Tomey. He was the Spartans' defensive tackles coach in 2006 when San Jose State won the New Mexico Bowl. From 2007 through 2012, he was the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of California. In 2012, he added the title of associate head coach.
Fraley was the USD offensive line coach in 2012 after an 11-year National Football League career as a center with Philadelphia (2000-05), Cleveland (2006-09) and St. Louis (2010). In his first season of coaching, he produced three All-Pioneer Football League offensive linemen. He was an All-American lineman at Robert Morris University during his college career.
Lewis also completed his first season of coaching at USD after an eight career as a wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles (2003-08) and Minnesota Vikings (2009-10). Lewis, like Fraley, played on the 2004 Eagles' Super Bowl XXXIX team and is the only player in franchise history with a Super Bowl touchdown reception. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and had 103 receptions for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons with the Fighting Illini.
Staab has four seasons of coaching experience - all at USD with Caragher. He coached the safeties and was the recruiting coordinator the last three seasons (2010-12). In his first season, he assisted coaching the defensive backs and special teams. Staab played his college career for the Toreros with Caragher (2006-08) and Harbaugh (2004-05) as his head coach.
Williams spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington working with cornerbacks and linebackers. He was at University of Nevada as an assistant linebacker coach in 2010. Williams began his coaching career in 2007 as an assistant coach at Los Angeles Harbor College. He also worked one season each at El Camino College (2008) and Mt. San Antonio College (2009).
Jones brings 17 seasons of coaching experience, mainly coaching defensive linemen, to San Jose State. Most recently, he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Jones also coached at Dartmouth (2005, 2008-10), Kentucky State (2007), Kansas State (2006), Prairie View A&M (2004), Texas Southern (1996 as a student assistant, 2003), Wagner (2000-02), Cornell (1999), Morehouse (1998) and Bowling Green (1997 as a graduate assistant). The 1998 graduate of Texas Southern has a master's degree in education from Wagner College.
Besides completing his football coaching staff, Caragher announced that Kirk Jones, not related to James Jones, will be the director of football operations, and Gary Uribe will be the team's strength, conditioning and athletic performance coach.
Kirk Jones spent the last four seasons as the University of Colorado director of football administration. He is a 2009 graduate of Metropolitan State College who majored in human performance and sport.Uribe was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for football at Auburn University in 2012. He also held similar positions at UCLA (2011) and the University of Southern California (2002-05). Uribe was the head football, speed, strength & conditioning coach at New Mexico State (2009-10) and the director of speed, strength & conditioning at Sacramento State (2006-08).