By Brian Murphy
New Idaho football coach Paul Petrino announced his coaching staff Wednesday, one long on Northwest connections and previous relationships.
"I wanted to have people that I felt comfortable with, had either worked with me before or with people that I really trust," Petrino said. "It's like a family tree."
Petrino retained two coaches from the Vandals' previous staff — Patrick Libey and Al Pupunu. Libey will now coach defensive line. Pupunu will remain the team's tight ends coach.
"I got the two best coordinators I could get. Both coached at the highest level you can coach at — in the Big Ten and the SEC. I need them to be great generals," Petrino said.
"Then I wanted to go find the hungriest, brightest, up-and-coming soldiers I could find. ... I understand we're going to be good, we're going to win and people might want to come and take the coordinators. We'll bring those young guys along and train them and they'll step up and we don't miss a beat."
Here is a list of the new Idaho coaching staff:
Many of the new Vandals’ coaches have ties to the Northwest and/or worked with head coach Paul Petrino before. “I got the two best coordinators I could get ... I need them to be great generals," Petrino said Wednesday. "Then I wanted to go find the hungriest, brightest, up-and-coming soldiers I could find."
Offensive coordiantor, Kris Cinkovich (previous job: Arkansas wide recievers)
Defensive coordinator, Ronnie Lee (Indiana State RBs)
Quarterbacks, Bryce Erickson (South Albany (Ore.) High)
Running backs, Jason Shumacher (Arkansas director of high school relations)
Offensive line, Jon Carvin (Illinois graduate assistant)
Tight ends, Al Pupunu (Idaho tight ends)
Defensive line, Patrick Libey (Idaho secondary)
Linebackers, Mike Anderson (Washington def. assistant)
Cornerbacks, Mike Mickens (Cincinnati def. assistant)