CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami football head coach Mark Richt announced the addition of Thomas Brown, Craig Kuligowski, Todd Hartley and Jon Richt to the Hurricanes’ coaching staff for the start of the 2016 campaign.
In their new roles with the Hurricanes, Brown will serve as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach, Kuligowski will serve as the team’s defensive line coach, Hartley will accept special teams coordinator responsibilities, while Richt will move into the role of offensive assistant.
“I could not be happier to add each of these individuals to our coaching staff,” Richt said. “Not only are they great coaches, but they are great people, who instill the values that our young people will need to be successful in the classroom, in the community and on the field.”
Brown begins his tenure at The U after he spent the 2015 campaign on Richt’s staff at Georgia where he coached the Bulldog running backs. During Brown’s time with the Bulldogs, Georgia rushed for 2,513 yards (194.3 yards per game).
This past season, he oversaw sophomore running back Sony Michel as he rushed for over 1,000 yards, finishing the year with 1,076 yards. Michel became the 13th Bulldog in school history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season.
Prior to arriving at Georgia, Brown coached Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin in 2014. Gordon posted the second-best season ever by a running back with 2,587 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns. He and sophomore Corey Clement combined to run for 3,536 yards to break the single-season Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards by teammates that had been set the year before by Gordon and James White (3,053 yards).
Kuligowski arrives in Coral Gables after spending the past 15 years as the defensive line coach at the University of Missouri. During his 15-year tenure with the Tigers – the longest-tenured position coach in the SEC - Kuligowski coached 24 players to all-conference honors. In addition, Kuligowski produced four first round NFL Draft picks since 2009.
This past season at Missouri, Kuligowski’s defensive line helped the Tigers rank second in the nation in team tackles for loss. The Tigers also ranked ninth in the nation in total defense.
Hartley comes to Miami after serving as the Director of Player Personnel at Georgia. Prior to his appointment in Athens, Hartley worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall University.
Hartley joined the Marshall staff in March, 2011, and served as the Herd's safeties coach for two seasons before being named tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in March, 2013.
Richt joins his father’s staff for the second time in his coaching career after he spent the 2015 campaign with the Buffalo Bills as an offensive assistant. He spent the 2014 season serving on Georgia’s staff as a quality control assistant. Richt was a three-star member of Clemson’s 2008 recruiting class before he transferred to Mars Hill College to finish out his collegiate career.
Our take: Of the four, Coach "Kool" is the biggest get. Brown and Hartley have been widely rumored and none of the announced today come as surprises. Richt and Brown will probably help the senior Richt in offensive game planning. It has been widely rumored that Larry Scott will be retained as TEs Coach. The biggest news will be when a Defensive Coordinator is announced.