ABILENE, Texas - ACU head football coach Ken Collums announced Monday that he has hired two new full-time coaches to replace departing staff members.
Collums has hired former Tarleton State offensive coordinator Scott Carey to the Wildcats' new offensive line coach, and he's also hired former Arkansas volunteer assistant coach Cody Moore to be the Wildcats' new defensive line coach. Collums also announced that former ACU quarterback John David Baker – who last year set the program for touchdowns accounted for in a season with 40 – will be a graduate assistant this fall with the Wildcats.
Carey replaces Sam Collins, who resigned last month after five seasons on the Wildcats' coaching staff to take a job at Denton Ryan High School where he played from 2002-04. Collins won the 2008 Upshaw Award as the top lineman in NCAA Division II football and also won the Dave Rimington Award as the top center at the Division II level. He spent his first two seasons on the ACU staff coaching the defensive line, and that's what he'll coach at Denton Ryan. Moore replaces Andrae Rowe, who was not retained after the 2013 season.
"I'm very pleased we were able to add two coaches of this caliber to our football staff," Collums said. "Scott and Cody fit exactly what we want from our coaches. They have both the experience and the heart we want in our coaches.
"Scott has coordinator experience and has coached the offensive line for a significant amount of time," Collums said. "That experience will be crucial to helping this big group of young offensive linemen we have develop and grow together. Cody is a thorough recruiter with quality defensive line coaching experience. Both of these guys are quality men who share our vision for coaching in a fiercely competitive league, investing in and developing our players on and off the field, and providing a daily example of what it is to be a husband and father."
Wildcat football players – many of whom are enrolled in summer school and are on campus working out per NCAA rules – report en masse on Saturday, Aug. 2, to begin practice for the 2014 season. ACU will begin the season on Wednesday, Aug. 27, when it takes on Georgia State in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. That game will be the second of the 2014 college football season following the game on Saturday, Aug. 23, when Sam Houston State plays at Eastern Washington. The ACU-Georgia State game will be the first game of the 2014 season to feature an FBS team (Georgia State).
Scott Carey, Offensive Line
Carey joins the ACU staff after spending the previous three seasons as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Colorado School of Mines. He served as the offensive line at CSM from 2002-05. He then went on to coach five seasons at Tarleton State (2006-10) where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
During his five seasons at Tarleton State, the Texans were 36-20, claimed a share of the 2009 Lone Star Conference title, earned an NCAA Division II playoff berth in 2009 and shared the LSC South Division title in 2006 and 2009.
The 2009 season was one for the record books as the season was highlighted by a double-overtime NCAA Division II playoff victory at Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round. Placekicker Garrett Lindholm nailed a division playoff record 64-yard field goal to tie the game as time expired, and Tarleton's quarterback Scott Grantham scored from 20 yards out before punching in the two-point conversion for the victory in the second overtime period. Tarleton finished the season 10-3 and claimed a share of the LSC championship and the LSC South Division title. Tarleton advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in the program's history.
The Texans' top two running backs combined for 1,087 yards rushing and averaged 4.1 yards per carry in 2010. TSU averaged 324.8 yards of total offense per game in 2010, as well. Tarleton rushed for 143.3 yards per game and 26 touchdowns during the 2009 campaign. The Texans also averaged 386.2 yards of total offense per game, outscored their opponents by more than 10 points per game and converted on 85% (40-of-47) of their red-zone opportunities that season.
In 2008, the TSU offense averaged 187.2 yards rushing (second in the Lone Star Conference) and 375.5 yards of total offense per game. The Texans saw their feature running back, Roderick Smith, rush for 1,024 yards and earn first team all-LSC accolades.
In 2007, the TSU front five paved the way for an average of 452.2 yards of total offense per game, including 175.5 yards per game on the ground. Three Tarleton State offensive linemen earned All-LSC accolades in 2007, including a pair of first team honorees. In 2006, the Texans' offensive line helped TSU average 370.6 yards of total offense - including 153.7 yards rushing - per game. TSU's offensive line blocked for the LSC South Division Offensive Back of the Year in Michael Sampson and the LSC South Division co-Freshman of the Year in Smith.
During the last three seasons, the Orediggers are a combined 22-11 and have averaged 11,9.7 yards per game on the ground, although they averaged 175.1 yards per game on the ground in 2013. Last season the Orediggers averaged 494.1 yards per game and 36.2 points per game offensively as they finished 8-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference (NCAA Division II).
The 2012 version of the Orediggers finished 6-5 overall and 4-5 in the RMAC to finish fifth in the league's standings. The squad spent the first four weeks of the season ranked in the AFCA Top-25 - rising to as high as No. 18 in the country. Carey's offensive line paved the way for head coach Bob Stitt's high-octane offense to average 455.7 yards and 39.3 points per game.
In his return to Golden, Colo., in 2011, Carey's group of offensive lineman tied for second in the RMAC in fewest sacks allowed (23) and the Mines offense led the conference and finished eighth nationally with 305.9 passing yards per game. The offense finished 42nd nationally with 31.6 points per game and 48th nationally with 401.6 yards of total offense per game. Quarterback Clay Garcia led the RMAC in passing yards (3,123) and running back Dan Palmer led the conference in rushing yards per game (92.4). Palmer's 1,016 rushing yards are the third-most in school history and just the third 1,00-yard season by a Mines running back in school history.
Carey, a four-year letterman for the Texans (1994-97), graduated from TSU with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies. After graduating from Tarleton State, Carey served as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State, Okla. (2000-02) while obtaining his master's degree.
Carey joined the Colorado School of Mines staff in 2002 and helped the Orediggers go undefeated in the RMAC and win the league title and reach the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2004. That season, Carey's offensive line blocked for the Harlon Hill Trophy winner, Chad Friehauf, and the Mines offense was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in passing offense, No. 2 in total offense and sixth in scoring offense that season. Under Carey's tutelage, CSM offensive lineman Travis Yenne was a two-time All-American (2004-05) and earned RMAC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2005.
Cody Moore, Defensive Line
Cody Moore enters his first season at ACU after spending last season on the staff at Arkansas. Moore has nine years of collegiate coaching experience, including four years in the SEC and Big XII.
Before spending the 2013 season on head coach Bret Bielema's staff at Arkansas, Moore was the recruiting coordinator and interior defensive line coach at Central Arkansas for three seasons. He coordinated all recruiting efforts for the Bears, who reached the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2011 and 2012.
The 2012 team won the Southland Conference and earned a first-round bye, reaching a final ranking of 10th nationally. In 2011, UCA, in just its second year of postseason eligibility, won its first-round game on the road and was ranked 14th in the country at the end of the year.
Prior to his time at Central Arkansas, Moore was a defensive quality control coach at Texas A&M, where he worked with the Aggies defensive line in 2009. That season, he helped coach Von Miller, who led the NCAA with 17.5 sacks and was a first-team All-American as the Aggies were selected to play in the Advocare 100 Independence Bowl.
During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Moore was a defensive administration assistant coach with a focus on the defensive line. In those two years, the Tigers earned 14 wins, including an overtime victory over Clemson in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Auburn ranked sixth in the country in total defense in 2007 and produced three NFL Draft picks from the defensive line during Moore's time.
He began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant coaching the interior defensive line at Hardin-Simmons, where he also assisted with video editing and in the strength and conditioning program, in 2005 and 2006. Moore coached three All-Southwest Conference selections at Hardin-Simmons and helped the Cowboys qualify for the Division III playoffs in 2006.
Moore was a team captain, four-year starter and all-conference performer at Oklahoma Panhandle State from 2001-04. He earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 2004 and graduated from Hardin-Simmons with a Master's in sports and recreation management in 2007.
2014 ACU Coaching Staff
Ken Collums – Head coach / Quarterbacks
Darian Dulin – Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs
Nathan Young – Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs
Mark Ribaudo – Special Teams Coordinator / Linebackers
Kendrick Holloway – Wide Receivers
Steven Thrash – Tight Ends
Cody Moore – Defensive Line
Scott Carey – Offensive Line
Nick Smith – Defensive Assistant / Equipment Coordinator
John David Baker – Graduate Assistant Coach / Quarterbacks
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