NCCU football coach Jerry Mack fleshes out 1st staff
Among the first assignments for newly named N.C. Central coach Jerry Mack was putting together a staff to coach the Eagles.
NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree presented Mack as head coach of the Eagles on Dec. 19. He officially started work on Monday and on Friday announced that he is NCCU’s offensive coordinator and will both install the plays and call them on game days.
Former Texas Southern wide receivers coach T.C. Taylor will be in charge of NCCU’s quarterbacks.
Mack’s’ first coaching staff also includes a couple of coaches from last season’s 5-7 NCCU team, plus a coach making a return as an NCCU assistant.
Mike Mendenhall has coordinated NCCU’s special teams for the past two seasons, which saw the Eagles return 12 kicks for touchdowns. He’ll coach NCCU’s linebackers, too.
Andre George was retained as defensive backs coach. He’s been on NCCU’s coaching staff since 2010. George was a four-year starter in NCCU’s secondary from the 2002-05 seasons.
George spent some time as an assistant coach at Southern High School, where he helped the Spartans to three straight PAC-6 4-A titles.
In December, former Southern head coach Adrian Jones delivered the Spartans’ first state title in football in the school’s first season on the 3-A level. He is returning to NCCU to coach the running backs. Jones coached defensive backs at NCCU when the Eagles won Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in 2005 and 2006.
Jones is an alumnus of both Southern and NCCU, where he was a Division II All-America defensive back before playing four years in the Arena Football League.
Mack’s defensive coordinator is Granville Eastman, who’ll specifically work with NCCU’s safeties. He’d been Austin Peay State’s defensive coordinator.
NCCU’s defensive linemen will be coached by former Arkansas State graduate assistant Jon Bradley.
Former Savannah State co-offensive coordinator Chris Buckner is NCCU’s recruiting coordinator and will coach the wide receivers. He also worked directly with Savannah State’s wide receivers last season.
Former Syracuse and North Carolina assistant Jason Onyebuagu will coach NCCU’s interior offensive linemen, while former Tulane graduate assistant Mike McCarthy will work with the tight ends.
Jashell Mitchell will serve as NCCU’s director of football operations. She most recently was the administrative assistant to the deputy athletics director at Memphis.
Mack said he’s looking to add one more position coach.