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Bryant Vincent | Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Bryant Vincent rejoined the University of South Alabama coaching staff prior to the Jaguars’ first-ever bowl game in December, serving as offensive coordinator as the team posted 415 yards and 23 first downs with less than 26 minutes of possession against Bowling Green.
He will be in his fourth season on the staff in the fall, working with quarterbacks for the third year.
Vincent served as the offensive coordinator at Alabama-Birmingham during the 2014 campaign, and under Vincent’s direction the Blazers averaged 431.83 yards per game including 212.08 on the ground while scoring 33.17 points per outing; UAB earned six victories, gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004. The Blazers scored 40 or more points on five occasions, and they entered the bowl season ranked in the top 40 nationally in four different statistical categories — rushing offense (31st), scoring offense (37th), completion percentage (33rd, 61.9%) and third-down conversions (38th, 43.2%).
Four individuals from his unit would earn all-Conference USA accolades, including first-team selection Jordan Howard who ranked seventh in the nation in rushing and 26th in rushing touchdowns after posting 1,587 yards and 13 scores. Vincent helped quarterback Cody Clements rank in the top 30 in the country in passing efficiency with a 145.55 rating after completing 183-of-275 attempts for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first season with the program, while tight end Kennard Backman earned second-team all-conference honors after leading the squad with 39 receptions for 399 yards.
He coached the position for the first time during the 2012 campaign, and with his help Ross Metheny set school season standards in four different statistical categories after completing 189-of-345 attempts for 2,148 yards and 12 scores while ranking in the top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in passing and total offense. At the end of the season, Jag quarterbacks combined to set new school season records in completions (244), attempts (449), yards passing (2,728) and passing yards per game (209.8).
The next fall, Metheny improved those numbers after going 201-of-324 passing for 2,622 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he added 604 yards and 10 scores rushing to lead the league in total offense with an average of 268.8 yards per outing in earning second-team all-league honors. USA would finish among the top four in the conference and top 50 in the country in passing (252.75 ypg) and total (425.50 ypg) offense in winning six games to be eligible for a postseason bowl game.
In his first season with the Jags Vincent worked primarily with tight ends, as his efforts helped Kevin Helms become the first player at the position in the program to finish with a double-figure reception total after he collected 14 catches for 216 yards; both totals were among the top five on the squad overall. Individually on special teams, several Jaguars ranked among the national leaders at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision including Scott Garber (17th in punting), Jordan Means (tied for 18th in field goals per game and 69th in scoring) and Jeremé Jones (27th in kick returns), while as a team USA was eighth in the country after averaging nearly 24 yards per kickoff return.
Vincent had been a head coach at the high-school level the previous five years before coming to USA, including four at Spanish Fort High School. In addition to leading the Toros to the state 5A championship in the fall of 2010, he was twice named the Baldwin County Coach of the Year following the 2008 and ’10 campaigns. In his second year guiding the program, SFHS finished 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before falling to the eventual winner. A season later, the Toros advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs — where they dropped a 29-28 decision to the ultimate champion — on the way to an 11-3 finish before claiming the state title his last season; SFHS ended 2010 with a 13-2 mark.
In his first season as a head coach, Vincent led Greenville (Ala.) High to a 10-3 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs in 2006 one year after the Tigers finished 1-9. For his efforts, he was selected the 5A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
In five years as a head coach, he compiled a 49-16 (75.4%) overall mark — going 12-3 (80%) in the postseason — which included a 39-13 (75%) record at Spanish Fort High; the Toros finished 0-10 the year prior to Vincent’s arrival.
Vincent — who originally hails from Glasgow, Ky. — is a 1998 graduate of West Alabama, where he earned a degree in physical education. He got his start in the coaching profession as a student assistant for the Tigers in the fall of 1996, going on to coach UWA’s wide receivers the following season.
Vincent, who added a master’s degree from Troy in 2001, and his wife Holli have two sons, Brady (18) and Bret (9).
Richard Owens | Offensive Line
Richard Owens joined the South Alabama staff as tight ends coach prior to the start of spring practice after three seasons as a full-time assistant in the state at Alabama-Birmingham where in his last year with the Blazers, he worked with Jaguar offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent.
Last season, Owens coached tight ends as UAB averaged more than 430 yards and 33 points per game — both figures ranked fourth in Conference USA — to help the program gain bowl eligibility for the first time since the 2004 campaign. Under his direction, Kennard Backman earned second-team all-league honors after leading the team with 39 catches while recording 399 yards and three touchdowns, while Gerald Everett added 17 receptions for 292 yards and a score and Tristan Henderson added six catches, 50 yards and a touchdown.
In 2013 the Blazers averaged nearly 400 yards and more than 26 points per outing with Owens serving as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, and he also led the tight ends in his first season with the program.
He came to UAB from Arkansas, where he spent two years as a graduate assistant working with Razorback tight ends. His second season, Owens coached a unit that featured Chris Gragg, who ended the campaign ranked third on the team with 41 receptions and fourth with 518 receiving yards; not only did he tie for the lead among Southeastern Conference tight ends, he tied for 11th overall in the league in catches per game.
The previous season Owens’ group included D.J. Williams, who would go on to become the first Razorback to win the John Mackey Award — given to the nation’s top tight end — after topping the squad with 54 catches for 627 yards and four touchdowns. Williams also won the Disney Spirit Award and was Arkansas’ first Sullivan Award finalist in 2010, and after concluding his career with 152 receptions — the second-highest total in the school’s record books and the most by a non-wide receiver — and 1,855 yards, he was selected in the fifth round, 141st overall, of the 2011 National Football League Draft by the Green Bay Packers to become the earliest-drafted tight end in program history.
Owens played collegiately at Louisville before going on to a five-year career in the NFL during which time he played for the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and N.Y. Jets.
After sitting out as a redshirt in 1999, he appeared in all 12 contests — starting three times — to be selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team at tight end. Owens played in 13 games, recording three catches with two of those going for touchdowns, as a sophomore, while the following season he ranked sixth on the team with 20 receptions for 182 yards after starting six of the Cardinals’ last seven outings and playing in all 13 contests.
As a senior, he played in all 13 games with four starts and finished his career with 36 catches for 371 yards and eight touchdowns while also serving as the Cardinals’ long snapper.
After completing his collegiate career, Owens signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in 53 games between 2004-09 with seven starts, totalling 17 receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown. Owens was with the Vikings from 2004-07 — serving as special teams captain during the 2005 campaign — before signing with St. Louis; after two years with the Rams, he signed with the New York Jets in July of 2009.
A native of Middleburg, Fla., Owens played tight end and defensive line at Middleburg High School. After earning first-team all-area honors his high school number was retired in 2006.
Owens — who earned his degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2004 — is married to the former Tina Ryan. The couple has one daughter, Rylan.
Tyler Siskey | Wide Receivers
Tyler Siskey begins his first season as wide receivers coach at the University of South Alabama after two years in an administrative role at Alabama.
Siskey joined the Crimson Tide program in March of 2013 as the associate director of player personnel before being promoted to the director position less than a year later for the 2014 season. In his role, he was responsible for organizing all of UA’s recruiting efforts, helping the program put together the No. 1 signing class in the country last February according to all four major recruiting services. Siskey also worked with compliance regarding initial eligibility, and assisted with coaching clinics, camps and other on-campus events.
During the 2012 campaign he was the coordinator of recruiting development at Mississippi, where the Rebels’ 2013 class was widely regarded as one of the top 10 in the nation by analysts and recruiting services.
Siskey was the wide receivers coach at fellow Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas State for four years, helping the Red Wolves set single-season school records for passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns and passing yards per game during his tenure. In 2011, Dwayne Frampton broke ASU’s single-season reception record and ranked 13th nationally in catches as the Red Wolves finished the regular season ranked in the top 25 in the country in total and passing offense.
He also has coaching experience in Mobile having served as an assistant for four years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Siskey was the Saints’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2007 when the team claimed the state 5A championship, helping St. Paul’s advance to postseason play each of his first three years at the school as well; after making the playoffs in 2004, the school moved on to the quarterfinals each of the next two seasons.
Siskey began his coaching career as a student assistant at Troy, where he would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree in 2000. He was an offensive graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State during the 2001 season, coaching the team’s tight ends, where he not only helped the Demons to a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs and a national ranking but to a 27-24 overtime victory over Texas Christian. Siskey then joined the staff at Arkansas State as an offensive graduate assistant, assisting with the team’s offensive line his first season and wide receivers the following fall.
Siskey, who added a master’s degree in education from NSU in 2003, and his wife Erin have two sons, Jackson and Brock.
Tim Bowens | Running Backs
Tim Bowens begins his second season as a member of the University of South Alabama staff, and his first coaching the program’s running backs.
In his first year with the Jaguars last fall, Bowens served as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. His efforts helped Shavarez Smith pick up second-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors for the second time in as many years, as he led the team with school records of 54 catches and eight touchdowns receiving while posting 748 yards and ranking among the top 10 in the league in receptions per game.
Actually, the top three individuals on the team during the 2014 campaign worked under Bowen’s direction, as Jeremé Jones added 36 receptions for 338 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Danny Woodson II supplied 382 yards and four scores on 30 catches. Jones finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and second in receiving yards, while Smith ended up first on the list for yards and third in catches.
Bowens joined the Jaguar program after spending two seasons as wide receivers coach at Samford, where his efforts helped the 2013 Bulldog squad become the school’s first to earn a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs since 1992.
SU led the Southern Conference in 2013 in both passing (292.8 ypg) and total (415.6 ypg) offense as three of Bowens’ wideouts were among the top six in receiving yards per game. Under his direction, Kelsey Pope caught 68 passes for 789 yards to earn first-team all-league honors from both the league’s coaches and media panel — he would end the year the school’s career record holder with 250 receptions — while Karel Hamilton was voted first-team Freshman All-American and to the conference’s All-Freshman Team after adding 38 catches for 657 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns.
The effort helped the Bulldogs claim a share of their first SoCon championship since joining the league in 2008 and record a top-20 finish in both The Sports Network and coaches’ polls, going 8-5 overall and 6-2 in conference action.
In his first season at Samford, Bowens helped Pope earn all-conference accolades after ending up in the top five in the league in receptions and receiving yards per game.
Bowens also coached wide receivers at UAB for five years, where he helped Frantrell Forrest reach second on the Blazers’ all-time receptions list. Prior to that, he was tagged assistant wide receivers coach at Alabama in 2006 while Charlie Harbison was sidelined due to injury; that was the last of a four-year stretch on the Crimson Tide staff during which time he also was in roles as assistant director of operations and director of high school/NFL relations. While with the ‘Bama program, more than 30 Crimson Tide players were picked up by NFL squads and 25 were chosen to play in postseason All-Star games.
He was a wide receiver at Alabama from 1996-99 — making the Academic All-Southeastern Conference Team his senior year — helping the Crimson Tide to three bowl games and a pair of appearances in the SEC Championship contest. During that time ‘Bama had a pair of 10-win seasons and twice won the league’s West Division title, going on to play in the Orange Bowl Bowens’ senior year after defeating Florida in the SEC title game.
After the conclusion of his playing career, Bowens served as a student assistant on the Tide staff in the spring of 2000. The next two years he was the offensive coordinator at Coffee (Ala.) High School before moving on to be head coach at Tanner (Ala.) High; the Decatur Daily named him the Limestone County Coach of the Year in 2002.
Bowens — who earned his degree from Alabama in 2000 — and his wife, Kesha, have five children; sons Timothy, Taylor, Christian and Tanner and daughter Kallie.
Chase Smith | Tight Ends
Chase Smith is in his fifth year on the staff at the University of South Alabama, beginning his second year as the lone mentor of the Jaguar offensive line.
In the fall, three-fifths of Smith’s starting unit garnered all-Sun Belt Conference recognition after Ucambre Williams was named to the second team, and Chris May and Melvin Meggs received honorable mention accolades. Williams also was acknowledged nationally prior to the start of his final season after being selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List over the summer.
Smith assisted with the line during the Jaguars’ 2013 campaign, working with a USA offense that averaged more than 250 yards per game passing and 425 overall while scoring nearly 30 points per outing. The Jaguar offensive line allowed less than 1½ sacks per contest as well that fall to lead the Sun Belt in the category, and after the season both May (first-team) and Williams (second-team) were named to the all-league team.
In 2012, Smith was the program’s director of football operations, while he was a graduate assistant coach helping with the offensive line the previous fall. That season, the Jags — who were in the first of a two-year transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level — recorded a 6-4 mark against what was then the toughest schedule in program history.
He received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and master’s degree in ’08, both in physical education, from Jacksonville State, gaining extensive experience coaching at the high school level in Alabama after earning the first. He began as an assistant working with offensive and defensive linemen on the freshman team at Spain Park High in the fall of ’05, moving on to Greenville HS to work with running backs a year later —the Tigers would finish 10-3 while advancing to the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs that season.
Smith then joined the staff at Spanish Fort High, where he worked with running backs in 2007, the defensive line from 2008-09 and the offensive line in ’10. During his time on the Toro staff, SFHS put together a 39-13 (75%) mark culminating with the state 5A championship in Smith’s final year with the program. The Toros went 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2008, reached the semifinals of the state playoffs the following fall while putting together an 11-3 record prior to winning the title. Smith served as offensive coordinator that year as well, which SFHS ended with a 13-2 mark.
He and his wife Vanessa have one daughter, Monroe.
Kane Wommack | Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Kane Wommack enters his first season as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of South Alabama after serving as defensive coordinator and safeties coach the last two years at Eastern Illinois.
Wommack helped the Panthers to a first-round appearance in the 2015 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and a top-25 national ranking in the final polls. Under his direction, EIU defensive lineman Dino Fanti was named the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference co-Defensive Player of the year, as well as the College Football Performance Awards FCS Defensive Tackle of the Year and a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. EIU defensive back Jourdan Wickliffe earned first-team all-OVC honors in consecutive seasons under Wommack’s direction.
The Panther defense ranked second nationally in interceptions (19), third in takeaways (31), fourth in pass efficiency defense (103.0), eighth in red zone defense (67.3%) and 10th in tackles for loss (98). EIU led the OVC in pass efficiency defense (91.8) and red zone defense (53.3%) last year, while ranking second in the league in scoring defense (19.8 ppg), pass defense (194.8 ypg), third-down defense (29.7 %), first-down defense (17.2%) and sacks (19).
In his first year at EIU, Wommack’s defense ranked second in the conference in scoring and fourth in the OVC in takeaways. In additon, four defensive players earned all-OVC honors that fall.
Prior to joining the staff at Eastern Illinois, Wommack spent two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Mississippi, where he coached the husky safety position. The Rebel defense ranked 36th in the nation in pass defense, and 38th in total defense in 2013. In 2012, the Rebels ranked fourth nationally in tackles for loss, 11th in sacks and 25th in the country in rushing defense.
He coachced the defensive line at Jacksonville State in 2011, and helped the Gamecocks win a share of the OVC championship. Wommack spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee-Martin.
Wommack played fullback at Arkansas from 2005-06, and helped the Razorbacks capture the 2006 SEC West Division title. He transferred to Southern Mississippi, and helped the Golden Eagles to three straight bowl appearances. Wommack earned his degree from USM in 2009, and began his coaching career there as a volunteer assistant coach working with the offensive line.
He and his wife Melissa have two sons, Asher and Tatum. His father, Dave, has more than 35 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level and is currently the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
Brian Turner | Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
Brian Turner — the lone assistant on staff who has been with the program since its inception — is in his eighth year at South Alabama, working with the defensive line while also serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
A Jaguar defensive lineman has earned all-Sun Belt Conference honors each of the last three seasons after both Jerome McClain and Jesse Kelley were recognized a year ago. McClain posted a career-best 50 total tackles including three for loss to be named second-team all-league, and Kelley was an honorable mention selection after collecting 56 stops — a total that led the USA defensive line, as well as the second straight campaign he recorded a career-high total — with 6½ behind the line of scrimmage; the latter was among the top 15 in the SBC with five sacks as well. Turner’s work last season also featured helping a pair of freshmen, Tre Alford and Caleb Butler, become regular contributors to a defense that ranked fourth in the conference in yards and points allowed per outing while averaging more than two sacks per game.
In the fall of 2013, Turner helped the Jaguar defense rank among the leaders in the Sun Belt after allowing less than 385 total yards and just over 25 points per outing — USA was second in both categories — while topping the league with more than three sacks and seven tackles for loss per contest. His efforts helped Montavious Williams rank in the top 10 in the SBC in sacks after posting a career-high four among his total stops, while Kelley recorded then career-best figures with 34 stops and 6½ tackles behind the line of scrimmage. McClain also finished with 34 total tackles — including 4½ stops for loss and three sacks — in his first season as a Jag behind Turner’s efforts.
Prior to the spring of 2013 he worked with the entire defensive line, and in that role he helped Alex Page earn second-team all-Sun Belt honors following the 2012 campaign. Page was honored after posting career highs with 64 total tackles, 11½ stops for loss and six sacks — he ranked among the top 10 in the league in the latter two categories — while as a group Turner’s unit contributed 18 of the team’s 24 sacks. Pat Moore also finished among the top 15 in the league in tackles for loss (nine) and sacks (4½), while five linemen ended the season with at least 20 stops.
The group played a key role in helping the Jags rank second in the Sun Belt in total defense.
Jaguar defensive linemen combined to post 30 of the team’s 67 tackles for loss in 2010 as USA completed a second straight undefeated season, with Romelle Jones pacing the squad with six, Randon Carnathan and Anthony Taylor supplying five each, and Andy Dalgleish and Williams collecting four apiece; Jones and Taylor would lead the group overall with both posting 19 total stops. Turner’s unit also broke up eight passes, recovered four fumbles and blocked two kicks as USA allowed only 81.2 yards rushing, 254.6 total yards and 13 points per contest.
The previous fall, 11 of Turner’s players combined to account for 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, helping the Jaguar defense allow under 235 yards and seven points per game while going 7-0 in the school’s inaugural season. Three USA defensive linemen — Taylor, Williams and Jones — paced the group after posting double-figure tackle totals, with Taylor tying for fourth on the squad with four stops for loss.
In 2011, Jones led the Jags for the second consecutive season with seven stops for loss, while Williams added five and Dalgleish four in helping USA surrender less than 150 yards per outing on the ground while ranking 16th in the country at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level in total defense at 309.7 yards per contest.
As the program’s recruiting coordinator, Turner’s efforts assisted the Jags in putting together signing classes to help add to the talent level and depth in the program. That has included inking multiple players ranked among the best at their position by Scout, Inc., as well as numerous individuals who have helped their high schools to state championships and deep postseason runs.
Before coming to Mobile, Turner had worked the previous five years on the coaching staff at Sun Belt Conference rival Troy. In addition to serving as recruiting coordinator, he spent his last season as coach of the defensive ends after working with the safeties in 2006. A guard and center for the Trojans in the mid-1990s, Turner previously worked with the offense, focusing primarily on tight ends and wide receivers.
In five years with the program, Troy compiled a 33-27 (55%) mark overall while going 20-8 (71.4%) in Sun Belt action. The Trojans earned invitations to a pair of bowl games — they were an at-large participant in the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl, and they defeated Rice 41-17 in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl after receiving the bid as SBC champion — while winning league titles in each of his last two years.
During Turner’s playing career, the Trojans posted a 31-6-1 (82.9%) record, including the school’s first perfect regular-season (11-0) in 1995. In 1993, Troy advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs with victories over Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State, while the 1994 and 1995 squads qualified for postseason play as well.
A native of Fort Meade, Fla., Turner began his coaching career as the tight ends coach at Dothan (Ala.) High in 1996. After three seasons on the Tiger staff, he served as a graduate assistant at Troy from 1999-01. The Trojans recorded a winning record all three seasons, posting a 28-8 (77.8%) mark in that span including a 13-1 (92.9%) record in Southland Football League action. Troy won the conference championship in both 1999 and ’00 before moving up to the NCAA Division I-A level his final year; the Trojans advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs his first season as a graduate assistant while participating in postseason play the following fall as well.
His first full-time appointment at the collegiate level came in 2002, when he spent a year as offensive line coach at North Alabama before returning to Troy.
Turner’s father, Blaine, played football at the University of Tampa and later coached at the high-school level for 30 years.
Turner completed his bachelor’s degree in social science in 2000. He is married to the former Kristi Jernigan, an All-American basketball player at West Florida who was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame; the couple has one daughter, Bryce (7).
Kelvin Sigler | Cornerbacks
Kelvin Sigler joined the University of South Alabama football staff in February and will work with Jaguar cornerbacks his first season with the program.
A native of Mobile, Sigler returns home after serving as an assistant at Northern Illinois the last three years.
While with the Huskies, Sigler worked with cornerbacks as NIU posted a 31-11 (73.8%) overall record and a 21-3 (87.5%) mark in the Mid-American Conference, earned three consecutive postseason bowl berths and claimed the 2014 league championship. Last fall, his unit contributed to the Huskies’ conference-leading totals of 22 interceptions and 29 takeaways — both figures ranked among the top 10 in the nation — while his efforts helped Shawun Lurry, who led the country with nine interceptions, earn All-America recognition from five different organizations.
The previous season, Paris Logan was a first-team all-MAC selection under Sigler’s guidance and multiple true freshmen aided as NIU recorded 14 interceptions during an 11-3 campaign that saw the program claim the conference championship game with a 51-17 win over Bowling Green. In his first season with the program, the Huskies picked off 19 passes while going 12-2 with an 8-0 record in Mid-American action.
In 2012 Sigler was on the defensive staff at Alabama as the Crimson Tide finished 13-1 and won the BCS National Championship Game with a 42-14 defeat of Notre Dame.
As head coach at Blount High from 2008-11, he led the Leopards to four straight state 6A playoffs appearances highlighted by a 10-2 finish in 2011 after earning a first-round victory — it was the school’s first 10-win season since the 1998 campaign. BHS posted a 27-18 overall record during that span.
Sigler also has experience at two other high schools in the state after serving as defensive coordinator at Bob Jones HS from 2004-07 and as an assistant at Greensboro High the previous two years. After going 3-7 his first season on the staff, BJHS bounced back to finish 7-5 and earn a win in the first round of the state 6A playoffs; the Patriots would go on to return to postseason action each of the next two falls as well. His efforts also helped GHS make back-to-back state 4A playoff appearances.
Sigler lettered for four years at Alabama from 1995-98, helping the program to a 10-3 mark as a sophomore; the Tide played in the Southeastern Conference championship game that fall before going on to beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl. He was also part of a squad that played in a bowl game his senior season, while Alabama went 8-3 his first year at the collegiate level. During his career, Sigler intercepted six passes, led the team in tackles as a junior and was one of five permanent team captains his senior year.
Sigler will work with Jag cornerbacks beginning with the start of spring practice at the end of the month, with new defensive coordinator Kane Wommack handling USA’s linebackers and Mike Adams in charge of safeties. Brian Turner will remain the Jaguars’ defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
A 2001 graduate of Alabama, he and his wife Gemini have four children: Yessman, Aubre, Kelvin Jr. and Kelsie.
Colin Hitschler | Safeties / Director of Operations
Colin Hitschler was named the South Alabama football program’s director of operations in the summer of 2015.
He moved into the role after serving as a defensive graduate assistant for the Jaguars a year ago, working with a unit that ranked among the Sun Belt Conference leaders allowing less than 400 yards per contest while finishing second in both takeaways and red zone defense. USA ended the season with its first-ever bowl appearance, facing Bowling Green at the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.
In addition to assisting with Jag nickelbacks, Hitschler aided in USA’s recruiting efforts and was responsible for monitoring academic performance as well.
Prior to joining the Jaguar staff, he was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State during the 2013 campaign. Working with the Red Wolves’ defensive line, Hitschler assisted with position meetings, breaking down film, recruiting and compliance as ASU finished 8-5 after a victory over Ball State at the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
In 2012, he was the defensive backs coach, special teams and recruiting coordinator at Widener (Pa.), helping the Pride go 11-1, win the Middle Atlantic Conference championship and advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs. As the defensive line coach and co-special teams coordinator the previous year at Salve Regina (R.I.), he was part of a Seahawk staff that led the program to the East Coast Athletic Conference title and a 9-2 finish after winning the New England Bowl.
Hitschler has National Football League experience as well, serving as a player personnel assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 — they would win the AFC West Division with a 10-6 mark that fall — and as a training camp assistant the year before with the Philadelphia Eagles.
A native of Philadelphia, Hitschler lettered in wrestling at Pennsylvania before earning his degree in communications and commerce in 2009. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in health education at USA.
Mark Hewes | Director of Player Personnel
Mark Hewes has been a member of the University of South Alabama football support staff since the 2009 season; after serving as an equipment assistant as both an undergraduate and graduate student, he begins his fifth year as the Jaguars’ director of player personnel.
Hewes’ responsbilities include supervising the academic standing and progress of football student-athletes through daily collaboration with Athletic Academic Services, monitoring the APR of the football program, providing daily assistance in regards to student housing, and managing the walk-on program. In addition, Hewes serves as USA’s liaison for high school relations, assists with camps, and provides community relations.
His efforts helped the program see 22 members earn Sun Belt Conference academic honors following the 2012 season, including two who were named academic all-district by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America — Trey Clark would go on to be the first-ever Jag to be voted Academic All-American.
Rush Hendricks was a first-team CoSIDA academic all-district selection at tight end in the fall of ’13, going on to be named the Sun Belt Conference Postgraduate Scholar Athlete of the Year, while 38 individuals posted a 3.0 grade-point average in the spring including 14 who were named to the Dean’s List. Following the spring semester, the Jags had nine individuals selected to the SBC Commissioner’s List with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher during the 2013-14 academic year and another 17 who made the league’s Academic Honor Roll.
During the 2014 season, Hendricks was once again voted first-team academic all-district and the Jaguars had multiple individuals named to the squad for the second time in three years with Jesse Kelley honored as well. USA had 17 members of the program named to the Dean’s List following the semester, with a total of 38 student-athletes posting a GPA of 3.0 or better while the Jags participated in their first-ever bowl game in December. That figure increased to 42 individuals with a grade-point average at or above a 3.0 in the spring including 15 on the Dean’s List and another six making the Dean’s Honor List.
As a student equipment manager and a graduate assistant, Hewes was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football equipment room. Those duties included the preparation, distribution and maintenance of team apparel and equipment. Hewes provided inventory levels, assisted with the purchase of apparel and equipment, developed annual budgets, and oversaw the student manager’s hours and responsibilities. His efforts helped the Jaguars record back-to-back undefeated seasons, which included a combined 17-0 record.
Prior to coming to USA, Hewes previously served three years as an athletic marketing intern at UAB from 2000-03. In that role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans for the men’s and women’s soccer and baseball programs. In addition, he assisted with the planning and coordination of all football and men’s and women’s basketball marketing and advertising plans, game day activities and promotions. Hewes was also responsible for membership initiatives, as well as design and layout of the Junior Blazer Kids’ Club newsletters.
Hewes received his bachelor’s degree from USA in 2010 and is slated to earn his master‘s degree in communication in 2015. Hewes is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society (2010) and is currently a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA).
Hewes — who was a corporate account executive from 2003-09 — and his wife Amy have three daughters, Ella Kate (11), Morgan (6) and Charlotte (born Jan. 18). They reside in Daphne, Ala.
Justin Schwind | Strength & Conditioning Coach
Justin Schwind, who previously had worked with head coach Joey Jones at Birmingham-Southern, is in his seventh season on the South Alabama staff as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach.
In his role, Schwind is responsible for designing and implementing football’s strength and conditioning program, supervising the day-to-day operation of the football weight room and overseeing a staff that includes four full-time assistants as well as graduate and student assistants. He also assisted in the design of the weight room facility that is part of the program’s $10 million field house.
His efforts with the Jaguar football program led to his being named the 2011 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by Samson Equipment. Schwind was one of nine individuals recognized by the company, which honors recipients each year including strength and conditioning coaches from the National Football League, all college divisions and a pair of high school coaches.
Schwind also works directly with the school’s men’s golf team, and he has a hand in supervising the strength and conditioning programs for each of USA’s 17 sports. His efforts helped the Jaguar golf squad claim the 2010 Sun Belt Conference championship as well as earn at-large bids to an NCAA Regional each of the last two years, while in the fall of 2013 he worked with the Jag soccer program as it claimed its first-ever league tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.
He was at BSC for two years as the school’s head strength and conditioning coach, where he was responsible for working with all 21 programs. In addition to maintaining a schedule for both teams as well as his student assistant staff, Schwind supervised the day-to-day operations of three weight rooms — he was responsible for helping to design one of those as well.
Schwind earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Texas State in 2004, getting his start in the profession as a student assistant for the school as he worked primarily with the Bobcats’ baseball and football teams. After serving as a strength and conditioning intern at Rice, where he also assisted with neuroscience research at Baylor’s College of Medicine on a study involving athletic performance and visualization, he would go on to work as a graduate assistant for two years at Mississippi State. While in Starkville, he designed and maintained strength and conditioning programs for MSU’s track and field, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf teams.
He would earn his master’s degree from Mississippi State in physical education in 2007.
Schwind is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), United States Weightlifting Association (USAW) and the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA); he also has an advanced sports performance certification from the USAW. He has received his crossfit football and Poliquin’s BioSignature certifications as well.
He was married to the former Erin Boles on May 18, 2013.
Jeff Bailey | Equipment Operations Manager
Jeff Bailey is in his eighth year as USA’s equipment operations manager. In his role, Bailey is responsible for fitting and ordering all equipment — including practice and game uniforms, helmets, shoulder pads, shoes and cleats — for the football program. He is in charge of maintaining inventory levels and projecting future equipment needs, assists in coordinating the Jaguars’ practice and game day itinerary, and oversees the program’s staff of student managers.
He came to South Alabama after serving as the equipment manager and director of football operations at Prattville High School since August 2003, where he worked for former Jaguar assistant coach Bill Clark. At PHS his responsibilities included ordering, organizing and distributing equipment for more than 200 student-athletes on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams, maintaining facilities and grounds, supervising the Lions’ managers and ball boys, organizing travel arrangements and organizing public events for fund raising.
Prior to working at PHS, Bailey served as the recreation coordinator for the City of Prattville Parks and Recreation Department for six years, where he assisted in managing the city’s recreation program. He also served as equipment manager for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double A Minor League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, during the summer of 2005.
A baseball player at Huntingdon (Ala.) College in 1983, Bailey and his wife Jan have five sons; Justin (28), Jarrett (26) — a four-year pitcher for the Jaguar baseball team — Codey Owens (23), and twins Travis and Trevor Owens (18). The couple also have two grandsons, Easton Bailey and Aiden Bailey.
Lance Ancar | Director of Football Strength & Conditioning
Lance Ancar was hired as the University of South Alabama football team’s director of football strength and conditioning in February, joining the program days before the start of spring practice.
Ancar comes to South after spending the last four seasons as strength and conditioning coach at Alabama. While with the Crimson Tide, he assisted with the football program as it made three straight appearances in the College Football Playoff — winning the national championship in 2015 — and served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the baseball and men’s tennis programs. In his role, Ancar worked with Alabama’s swimming and diving and rowing teams as well.
He also has experience at the collegiate level at Minnesota State-Moorhead, where he was the Dragons’ running backs and tight ends coach while serving as assistant strength and conditioning coach during the 2010 season.
Ancar earned a degree in health and physical education from North Alabama. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Lions from 2002-05, and was the recipient of the Rimington Trophy as the top center in NCAA Division II football while earning first-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association as a senior. A three-time all-Gulf South Conference selection, Ancar helped UNA to a 33-16 record during his career including berths in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003 and ‘05.
He was later chosen to both UNA’s and the Gulf South Conference’s All-Decade Teams for the 2000s.
Ancar played five seasons in the Arena Football League as a fullback/linebacker with the Alabama Vipers (2008-10) — whoe he helped claim the Arena Cup his first season with the team — and the Georgia Force (2011-12).
A native of Harvey, La., Ancar earned all-state, all-metro and all-league accolades as an offensive lineman at Archbishop Shaw High.
Ancar is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and United States Weightlifting Association (USAW).
He and his wife Lauren have two children, son Luka and daughter Emme Cate.