ALVA, Okla. - One of the first items of business for new Northwestern Oklahoma State University football coach Alan Hall was the hiring of his new staff. In short order, Hall has completed one of his most pressing tasks.
“It was imperative that we put the staff in place quickly to begin the process of learning about our current players and to begin delivering this spring’s recruiting class,” Hall said. “We have been able to bring to Northwestern some very talented coaches who will represent the University in the highest manner and will work tirelessly to build a successful program on and off the field.”
Hall will handle the play-calling duties but will be joined on the offensive side of the ball by Kevin Turco, who will serve as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
Turco was a position coach at Newberry College (S.C.) for five seasons and also served as a graduate assistant coach at East Carolina University and the University of South Carolina. Turco has a bachelor’s degree in history from Western New England University and graduate degree from the University of Saint Mary and East Carolina University.
“Coach Turco is a tireless worker who exudes professionalism in all that he does,” Hall said. “He is an excellent teacher of offensive line fundamentals which leads to production on the field.”
Hall also has employed two full-time coaches on the defensive side.
Former Northwestern player Willie Spears will return to his alma mater as defensive coordinator and will coach defensive backs.
Spears served as head football coach at Suwannee High School (Fla.) during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was the head coach at Jefferson County High School (Fla.) in 2009, where he was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Spears earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern and a master’s degree from Troy University (Ala.).
“Coach Spears is a dynamic young coach who has had a multitude of success both on and off the field,” Hall said. “As a member of Northwestern’s 1999 national championship team, he understands the tradition involved in the program and will instill a sense of Ranger pride in our players.”
Joining Spears will be Dwayne Curry, who will oversee the linebackers and manage the strength and conditioning program.
Curry comes to Northwestern from Garden City Community College (Kan.). He also has collegiate experience as a defensive coach at Savannah State University (Ga.), Hinds Community College (Miss.), Birmingham Southern College (Ala.), East Mississippi Community College and East Texas Baptist University. Curry has a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University.
“Coach Curry is a former All-American at Mississippi State University and has experience at virtually all levels of collegiate football,” Hall said. “He excels at installing a work ethic and discipline in his players.”
In addition to the full-time coaches, Hall has brought with him three graduate assistant coaches.
“The graduate assistants are tremendously important to the success of the program,” he said. “They put in all of the hours and get little of the glory. Our graduate assistants are excited about being here and have been working all through the holiday break on the recruiting trail.”
Tyrone Bolware will coach the defensive line and handle special teams. He has coaching experience at the high school level in Florida and was a team captain as a player at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree.
“Coach Bolware has been a great mentor to young people and will do the same at Northwestern,” Hall said. “His attention to detail and experience in special teams both as a player and coach will pay huge dividends this fall.”
Coaching the wide receivers will be Bret Story, who has experience at both the high school and college level. Story has a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College and was a free agent draft pick of the Texas Rangers baseball club in 2007.
“Coach Story is passionate about the success of his players and will make a great addition to our staff,” Hall said.
R. Alex Haynes will coach the running backs, an area he coached at Summerville High School in Georgia. Haynes also has a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College.
“Coach Haynes has a tremendous work ethic and his zeal to be a great coach is exemplified in all that he does,” Hall said.
Wed, January 4, 2012
by Eric Scott