NORMAL — A hectic offseason of recruiting and coaching staff turnover has come to an end less than two weeks prior to the start of spring practice for Illinois State football coach Brock Spack.
Spack announced the hirings of Cody Deti, Dominic Anderson and Greg McLain on Wednesday to complete a staff upheaval caused by the departure of four coaches to the Bowl Subdivision ranks.
“This has been a very busy offseason for our staff,” Spack said. “With all of the movement, we had to re-shuffle the staff a bit especially on defense. We constantly try to improve ourselves as a coaching staff, and I think we accomplished that with the additions of some quality coaches.”
While coaching holdovers David Shula (wide receivers) and Lamar Conard (running backs) are assuming new duties, Deti will oversee the Redbird secondary after serving as defensive coordinator at Northern Colorado the past five seasons.
“Cody was my student-coach when I got to Wyoming and was with us for three years at Purdue as a graduate assistant, so I am very familiar with him as a coach,” Spack said. “We had some excellent candidates for that position after Phil (Elmassian) left, but our staff felt very comfortable with Cody as a person and as a coach.”
Anderson will assist Deti with the Redbird secondary and comes to ISU after spending the 2010 season as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest.
“Dominic was highly recommended by Coach Jim Grobe at Wake Forest,” Spack said. “We were looking for a younger coach that could relate well with the players. We think Dominic is going to fit in well working with the secondary.”
McLain, who will serve as an offensive assistant and work with the ISU tight ends and receivers, spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Greenbrier High School in Evans, Ga., and served as the team’s offensive coordinator for the last two seasons.
“Greg worked with Dan Shula while they were both at Alabama, and he played for Mike Shula when they made a couple of bowl appearances,” Spack said. “He has spent the last three years as a high school coach in Georgia, which is an area we would like to have more contact with in recruiting. He’s a very impressive young coach.”
The Redbirds begin spring drills March 22.