UU football hires 3 assistant coaches

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Urbana University head football coach Tyler Haines has appointed three new members to his coaching staff, naming Kevin Turco, Chris Calley and Ryan Mayfield assistant coaches for the 2015 season. Haines retained defensive coordinator Paul Smith from the previous regime, and will hire two more assistants in the coming weeks to round out the staff.

Turco assumes the role of assistant head coach and will oversee the offensive line. He brings 15 years of coaching experience to UU, most recently serving the past three seasons at NCAA Division II member Northwestern Oklahoma State.

“Kevin is an excellent addition to our staff,” Haines said. “He has worked at a variety of different levels, and has learned from some of the best coaches in the country. He will develop mental and physical toughness in our offensive line.”

Last season, Turco stepped in as interim head coach for the Rangers and called plays as the offensive coordinator. He served as the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator during his first two years from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to his appointment with NOSU, he served as an assistant football coach at six universities and three high schools.

Calley joins the Blue Knights as defensive backs coach after spending the past year as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods, Michigan. He spent five years coaching at his alma mater Adrian College prior to that, including two seasons on the same staff as coach Haines.

“Chris brings a lot of experience to our secondary,” Haines said. “He has been a part of great defenses both as a player and as a coach. He is an excellent recruiter, and will also serve as our speed development coach.”

At CPA, Calley led a defense that topped the conference in points-per-game allowed and helped capture a conference title. He coached linebackers and played a major role in developing game plans for the second team in school history to reach the regional finals.

During his tenure on Adrian’s staff, Calley worked with the defensive backs and shared duties as the co-defensive coordinator. He was a standout cornerback for the Bulldogs and also excelled on the track at Adrian College.

Calley spent the 2010 season coaching wide receivers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He helped produce All-American Jared Jenkins as well as two other Pointers who received First Team All-WIAC honors.

Mayfield, a former high school standout at nearby Shawnee High School, joins the UU football coaching staff as running backs coach shortly after graduating from Cedarville University. Mayfield will draw from his coaching and playing experience to help work with the Blue Knight running backs in 2015.

“Ryan is a local product and will contribute a lot to our program,” Haines said. “He is a tireless worker, and I have no doubt that our running backs will be prepared week in and week out under Ryan’s tutelage.”

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Mayfield most recently served as the men’s power lifting coach at his alma mater Shawnee High School during the 2014-15 season.

In 2013-14, Mayfield spent time as the varsity linebackers coach at Shawnee and assisted with defensive game planning and coordinating the team’s strength program. He also helped coach the Shawnee middle school football team, serving as the team’s signal caller on both sides of the ball.

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