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FAU Football Enters 2010 with Staff Changes

kirk-hoza-slider-12-16-09Defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza will no longer be retained


As the Florida Atlantic University football team begins to prepare for its 2010 season, Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger has announced changes for the staff.

Darryl Jackson completed his first season as the Owls offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach. Jackson will continue to serve as the offensive coordinator and will take over the duties of quarterback coach vacated by Jeff Brohm, who has taken a similar position at the University of Illinois.

“We are sorry to lose Jeff from our staff. Jeff is like a son to me. He was a winning quarterback for me at the University of Louisville and did an outstanding job with our quarterbacks last year at FAU,” said Schnellenberger. “On the other hand, we are happy for him with this substantial upward move professionally and wish him all the success in the world.”

With Jackson working more closely with the quarterbacks and the overall offense, his duties with the wide receivers will be fulfilled by Jared Allen. Allen was in the Owls’ first signing class in 2000. He completed four seasons as a starter with an overall record of 26-20, and moved on to the NFL and NFL Europe. After a brief stint in corporate America, he returned to FAU as a graduate assistant for the 2009 season.

Defensively, FAU’s assistant head coach and linebackers coach Kurt Van Valkenburgh, who has been with the program since its inception, will move to defensive coordinator and will continue to work with the linebackers. Defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza (pictured) will no longer be retained on the football staff. A search will begin immediately for a secondary coach.

The FAU football team finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 5-7 and tied for third in the Sun Belt Conference. Offensively, the Owls were ranked No. 22 nationally in offense and Alfred Morris ended the year atop the Sun Belt Conference in rushing, and ranked No. 15 nationally with 116 yards per game.

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