December 10, 2012
Breaking down Mike MacIntyre's staff
The devil is in the details they say. It wouldn't be surprising if that phrase came out of a head coach search for the University of Colorado or other major universities. Contract details, recruiting footprints and cultural fits often disqualify exciting, otherwise qualified candidates.
Mike Bohn still found his guy in Mike MacIntyre, stealing the third year coach away from San Jose State. Oh, but there's more. MacIntyre has to fill a coaching staff. We take a look at his SJSU assistant coaches and possible names that could be connected to his new gig.
Tight ends coach
2 years at SJSU
Adams joined the SJSU staff in April 2011, coming from a successful stint at Sacramento State. His first season in San Jose saw him coach Ryan Otten and help Otten earn a spot on the John Mackey Award Watch List and honorable mention All-America recognition. In Sacramento, he coached both tight ends and the offensive line. Three of his players earned All-Big Sky Conference recognition. Adams is a graduate of Boise State University and was a player for the Broncos 2003 and 2004 teams, going 24-2 and playing under former Colorado head man Dan Hawkins.
5 years at SJSU
Baer spent his first two years in San Jose as linebackers coach before adding duties of defensive coordinator in 2010. His 2012 defense was 25th in the country in total defense, tied for eighth with 38 take aways, 18th in tackles for loss and 19th against the run. His run as linebackers coach was highlighted by freshman All-America recognition for Keith Smith and Vince Buhaguar. Prior to San Jose State, Baer was the defensive coordinator at Washington, Notre Dame, Stanford, Arizona State and Cal. His defense at Notre Dame was third in the country against the run in 2004. He also had the Irish in the top ten for three other categories on his way to being a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, going to the nation's most outstanding assistant coach. He has coached NFL stars Justin Tuck, Dashon Goldson, Pat Tillman and Tank Williams.
3 years at SJSU
Clark guided a Spartans secondary that was average against the pass, giving up more than 250 passing yards per game in all three seasons. He came to SJSU from Duke with MacIntyre where he was an intern, breaking down film and holding some recruiting responsibilities outside of his duties with special defense and other defensive duties. The Ole Miss graduate played for the Rebels from 2003-2006 where he started every game since his sophomore season. He was a roommate with current All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis.
Offensive line coach
3 years at SJSU
During his time with the Spartans, Bernardi coach David Quessenberry who was a second-team All-WAC pick in 2011. Prior to his time with MacIntyre, he coached offensive line and tight ends at UNLV for four seasons. He has plenty of Pac-12 experience from his time with UCLA (1994-2003), USC (1987-92) and Arizona (1980-86).
Special teams, running backs coach
1 year at SJSU
Guidici came to San Jose State after a long run at nearby Menlo College where he was most recently a three-year head coach for the Oaks. Prior to that he was the assistant special teams coach for the Arena League's San Jose SaberCats.
Defensive line coach
2 years at SJSU
Jeffcoat joined San Jose State before the 2011 season where the Spartans went from 1-12 to 5-7. Jeffcoat coached Travis Johnson to a first-team All_WAC season and a spot on the Hendricks Award Watch List for best defensive end in the country. Yahoo! Sports named defensive tackle Travis Raciti as the top freshman defender in the WAC in 2011. He was the defensive line coach at Houston for two years before being brought to San Jose. Jeffcoat has significant NFL experience playing on two Super Bowl winning teams with the Dallas Cowboys. Once his playing days were over in 1997, he immediately joined the Cowboys staff coaching his old position on the defensive line. He would meet Mike MacIntyre with the Cowboys when they both coached under Bill Parcells during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Cornerbacks coach/Asst. Special Teams
2 years at SJSU
Andy LaRussa joined the San Jose State football coaching staff in June 2011 as the cornerbacks coach and assistant special teams coordinator. LaRussa came to San Jose State from Northern Arizona where he helped guide the top ranked Big Sky scoring defense, rushing defense and sacking defense. In his first season with the Spartans, LaRussa's cornerbacks helped the team nearly double its turnovers gained from 18 to 33. He was also previously at UNLV.
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
1 year at SJSU
First year coordinator Lindgren led the Spartans offense to the 11th ranked passing attack in the nation, averaging 327.5 yards per game but a rushing offense that was a meager 102nd in the country. Prior to the 2012 season in San Jose, he spent six seasons at Northern Arizona where he coached quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers until 2008 but was the offensive coordinator from 2009-2011. Lindgren also holds the FBS record at Idaho for most single-game yards of total offense by a sophomore with 657 during a game against Middle Tennessee State in 2001.
Wide receivers coach
4 years at SJSU
Mailey's time with SJSU saw his receivers catch 200 passes in back to back years from 2010 to 2011. He also coached All-WAC selections Noel Grigsby and Chandler Jones. Mailey previously spent 14 seasons in the Arena League with the San Jose SaberCats as their offensive coordinator. During his time, the SaberCats won three Arena Football League championships and led the league in scoring four times.
This staff has 42 years of coaching experience at the BCS level and six years of coaching at the NFL level. Kent Baer accounts for 20 of the 42 years at the BCS level while Jim Jeffcoat accounts for all six years in the NFL.
Bob Stitt, Offensive Coordinator: Stitt is the current head coach at Colorado School of Mines and has been a hot name surrounding the coach search at Colorado. While Stitt was never a serious candidate for the head coaching position, sources say that he has reached out to CU in order to express his interest in being the offensive coordinator for the new staff.
Kanavis McGhee, Defensive line: McGhee got his start in college coaching with Jon Embree at Colorado in 2011. McGhee was touted as one of the Buffs' better recruiters and helped land six defensive lineman in two classes.
Malcolm Blacken, Strength and Conditioning: Blacken spent the last two years under Embree at Colorado and has garnered the support of players still in the program.
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