‘Coach Prime’ announces complete JSU coaching staff

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In his first official days as the head coach at Jackson State following the culmination of Trinity Christin High School’s season, where he served as the offensive coordinator, ’Coach Prime’ has unveiled his coaching staff. 

Michael Pollack – Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach – Coached10 Under Armour All-Americans during time as a prep coach across the southeast. 

Dennis Thurman – Defensive Coordinator – Former NFL DC with the New York Jets (2008-14) and Buffalo Bills (2015-16) under Rex Ryan, coached Pro-Bowlers Stephon Gilmore, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. 

Mike Markuson – Offensive Line – Former QB coach at Ole Miss (2007-12), OL Coach under Houston Nutt at Arkansas (1998-07)

Alan Ricard – Special Teams – Former RB Coach at Louisiana-Monroe (2016-19). Former NFL FB. Played with Sanders during his stint with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Gary Harrell – Running Backs – Former Howard head coach (2011-16) before working under Lane Kiffin at FAU as the WR coach (2017-18). Spend 2019 as RB coach at Alabama State. 

Kevin Mathis – Defensive Backs – Coached with Sanders at Trinity Christian. Played for the Cowboys as a rookie in 1998 after a college career at Texas A&M. 

Andre’ Hart – Linebackers – The previous head coach at Trinity Christian – led the team to three-straight Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) titles and a TCAL National Championship.

Jeff Weeks – Defensive Line – 25+ years of coaching at the NFL, college, and prep levels. He most recently served as a linebackers coach for the Buffalo Bills under Rex Ryan.

TC Taylor – Tight Ends – One of two holdovers from the previous staff, Taylor arrived at his alma matter in 2019. 

Otis Riddley – Recruiting Coordinator – The second holder from last year’s staff, Riddley was originally hired as the offensive line coach. 

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