Rolovich fills out new coaching staff

New coach has brought seven assistants from the University of Hawai'i

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ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL

Still learning the Washington State Fight song, the new football head coach Nick Rolovich laughs off his mistake before his introductory press conference Thursday afternoon in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen sports reporter

When WSU hired Nick Rolovich as its head football coach it was expected that he would bring his own staff to Pullman.

KHON2 reported Rolovich filled seven of the spots with members of his staff from when he was at the University of Hawai’i. He will bring over offensive coordinator and running backs coach Brian Smith, passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Craig Stutzmann, offensive line coach Mike Weber, special teams coach Michael Ghobrial, linebackers coach Mark Banker, defensive line coach Ricky Logo, chief of staff Jason Cvercko, and strength and conditioning coach Dwain Bradshaw.

The Spokesman-Review reported Rolovich filled three spots on his defensive coaching staff with former University of Wyoming assistants. He added to his staff defensive coordinator Jake Dickert, defensive line coach AJ Cooper and cornerbacks coach John Richardson.

Dickert is the most notable name from the group as he will look to revamp a Cougar defense that struggled at times last season.

He was at Wyoming for three years. He was hired as the safeties coach and served as the defensive coordinator for the 2019 season.

Last year Wyoming’s defense was 43rd in the country in yards per game and 11th in points per game.

They succeeded on the strength of their stout run defense. They allowed 107.1 rushing yards per game, 12th in the nation. In comparison, WSU had the 91st best rushing defense in the country, allowing 185.5 yards per game.