Feb 15 / Rob

JMU to Keep Football Coaching Staff in Place

Houston and teamEveryone who loves JMU Football, got quite the Valentine’s gift yesterday. As the DNR’s Greg Madia reported, the school officially signed OC Donnie Kirkpatrick and DC Bob Trott to extensions through 2020. They also reached agreements with assistant coaches Dudzik, Thweatt, Hanson, Weaver, Stinespring, Sims, and Williams to extensions to keep them at school next season. Coach Powell and Bowers were already set to stay next season.

This means Coach Houston’s full crop of assistants will be back to help defend the Dukes’ National Championships. It’s impossible to understate how huge this is for the JMU program. One of the reasons we were most excited about Houston taking the reigns, was because he was able to assemble a staff full of so many talented and experienced individuals. The fact that they all are willing to stick around speaks volumes about their respect for Houston and enthusiasm for the program. And the fact that JMU was able to dedicate the resources necessary to keep them happy, shows how committed the school is to winning (in football at least). Football season can’t get here soon enough.


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  1. ShadyP / Feb 15 2017

    BOOM…..I am very excited about this development. This is exactly the kind of proactive commitment to success/winning that I like seeing from the Athletic Department and University.

  2. jmuparent / Feb 18 2017


  3. Jay / Feb 20 2017

    I agree with ShadyP. This iis great to see that we are willing to keep this staff together.

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