Spurrier Jr., Mele, Miller and Brock dip

Five total coaches have left WSU this offseason, all heading to Mississippi State for next season


RYAN PUGH | Daily Evergreen File

From left, then special teams coordinator Eric Mele, Head Coach Mike Leach and special teams quality control coach Tee Overman talk after practice on Aug. 20,2 017.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

A handful of WSU assistant coaches are following former head coach Mike Leach to Mississippi State Monday night.

The Spokesman Review reported that Steve Spurrier Jr., Eric Mele, Mason Miller and Matt Brock would all be leaving Pullman and joining Mike Leach’s new staff in Starkville.

Spurrier Jr., the son of College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier, was hired in January of 2018 to coach outside wide receivers. Spurrier Jr. played a big part in Anthony Gordon’s record-breaking season by helping coach wide receivers Easop Winston Jr., who had 970 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Dezmon Patmon, who had 762 yards and eight touchdowns.

Mele had been with the program for five years, most recently serving as the running backs coach for two seasons. He worked as an offensive quality control coach for over two years before he was promoted to special teams coordinator, a position he held for three years.

Miller served as the offensive line coach for two years after holding the same position at University of Nevada for one season. Miller helped coach All Pac-12 lineman Andre Dillard and Abe Lucas. Miller played under Leach at Valdosta State when he was the offensive coordinator, and stayed on as a student assistant when his career ended via injury.

Brock coached outside linebackers and served as the special teams coordinator for two years under Leach. Under Brock, kicker Blake Mazza was named a finalist for the Lou Groza award for best kicker in college football after finishing the season 20-21 on field goals, with the only miss coming from a blocked kick.

WSU still has five position coaches from last year left on their roster. It is likely that the new head coach will bring or hire his own staff, meaning that those coaches are unlikely to return.

All biographical information is from the WSU athletics website.