McNeese adds 10 assistants to coaching staff
LAKE CHARLES - New McNeese Cowboy football head coach Gary Goff has announced the 10 members to his coaching staff - eight who are joining him from his Valdosta State staff and two others with close ties with Goff.
Goff, who was named the program’s 18th head coach on December 19 just one day after coaching Valdosta State in the NCAA Division II National Championship game, will be joined by the following coaches from his Blazer staff - Ryan Allgood (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line), Phillip Ely (Quarterbacks), Thomas Reese (Running Backs), Sean Fogerty (Tight Ends), Marc Yellock (Defensive Line), Mike Johnson (Defensive Backs), Dwight Jackson (Linebackers), and Marco Sanchez (Defensive Assistant).
Goff also announced the addition of Tony Pecoraro from South Alabama as Defensive Coordinator and Felton Huggins (Wide Receivers).
Allgood has been with Goff the past five seasons - two at Tiffin University and the last three at Valdosta where his offensive lines have been a key part in the success of the Blazers putting up big offensive numbers both on the ground and in the air. His offensive line led the Gulf South Conference by allowing just four sacks in 14 games this past season. Allgood will also serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator. Blazer offensive tackle Ralph Singleton earned first team all-conference honors this season.
Goff on Allgood: “I am very excited about bringing Ryan in as our Assistant Head Coach and the Offensive Line Coach. He has done an outstanding job with our offensive line over the years and challenges his players to be great on and off the field. This past season he helped produce three 1,000-yard rushers.”
Pecoraro joins the Cowboys after spending the 2021 season at South Alabama and has had stops at Kansas, Florida Atlantic, Southern Mississippi, Alcorn State, North Alabama, Webber International and Florida State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
Goff on Pecoraro: “Tony has coordinated some great defenses over the years at various universities. While I am very excited about the amount of experience that he will bring to the defensive side of the ball, I am equally excited about his reputation for being a proven mentor to our players.
Ely spent the 2021 season as the Blazer’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, guiding the offense to averaging more than 500 yards and 41 points per game. Prior to Valdosta, Ely was at Western Carolina where he helped groom Walter Payton nominee Tyrie Adams. He was with Goff at Tiffin University as the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinators for two seasons prior to WCU. Blazer QB Ivory Durham was named second team all-conference this past season.
Goff on Ely: “I am thrilled about adding Phillip to the staff. Phillip is an outstanding coach that works endlessly to get the most out of our quarterbacks. He is a great motivator and holds his players to a very high standard.”
Yellock joined the Valdosta staff in the summer of 2020 and coached the Blazers to a No. 1 ranking in the GSC with 37 total sacks. Before VSU, Yellock coached three seasons at North Texas where he helped coach the Mean Green to nine wins in both 2018 and 2019 and a pair of bowl game appearances. Yellock coached Brian Williams who earned first team all-conference honors in 2021 and Arrington Dulan who picked up second team honors.
Goff on Yellock: “Marc is a great football coach who has done an excellent job developing a dominating defensive line. He has been an integral part in developing our culture and I am very pleased about having him on staff.”
Reese spent the 2021 season as the Blazer’s running backs coach and special teams coordinator. He coached three players that rushed for 1,000 yards each in the same season while as a team, averaged over 250 yards rushing. He spent the three previous seasons as wide receivers coach at Mars Hill where he coached numerous All-American selections. He will also serve as the team’s camp coordinator. He coached RB Seth McGill to first team All-GSC honors this season. McGill rolled up 1,235 rushing yards on the year while Ivory Durham rushed for 1,012 and Jamar Thompkins 1,001 yards.
Goff on Reese: “I was able to hire Thomas a year ago at Valdosta State and he did an amazing job coaching our running backs. He also helped produce three 1,000-yard rushers, which has only been done one other time.”
Johnson spent the last three years with Goff at Valdosta after serving the previous three seasons as the defensive backs coach at Huntingdon College. He helped coach a defensive unit that ranked No. 1 in the GSC in passing defense and tied for third with nine interceptions this past season. Three of his position players earned All-GSC honors this past season - Christian Matthew (1st team), Cory Roberts (2nd team), Taurus Dotson (2nd team).
Goff on Johnson: “I am very excited about adding Mike to the staff. He is a very sharp coach that gets the most out of his players. He has extensive knowledge with defensive backfield play.”
Fogarty’s tight ends played a major role in the success of the Valdosta State offensive output this past season. He coached and helped develop Chris Barrett who earned first team All-GSC honors.
Goff on Fogarty: “Sean has done an outstanding job coaching our tight ends. He is a hard worker that will go the extra mile for his players. I am thrilled to have him join our staff.”
Jackson will make the move with Goff to McNeese after spending the past season at the Blazer’s linebackers coach where he helped develop a couple of all-conference backers in Nick Moss (1st team) and Jameon Gaskin (2nd team).
Goff on Jackson: “I am very excited about the addition of Dwight to our staff. He coaches with passion and energy on a daily basis. He will push our linebackers to be great.”
Cowboy fans might remember Huggins when he was a standout receiver for Southeastern Louisiana in the early 2000s. Huggins has spent time as an offensive coordinator at Charleston Southern and also an associate head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/academic advisor at LaGrange College for six seasons. Huggins played for Goff at SLU in 2002 and 2003, earning All-American and All-Conference honors as a wide receiver.
Goff on Huggins: “Felton brings some great experience and knowledge to the offensive side of the ball. He played for me many years ago and has had a great career both playing and coaching football ever since. His ties to the state of Louisiana will be a tremendous asset.”
Sanchez coached defensive backs last season at VSU and three years prior, was a student then full-time assistant at Chadron State College in Nebraska. He helped coach and develop three VSU players who earned all-conference honors in 2021.
Goff on Sanchez: “I am thrilled to add Marco to the staff. He is a great young coach that will have a bright future. He is a persistent recruiter and is always looking for ways to improve.”
2022 McNeese Football Coaching Staff (as of Dec. 30, 2021)
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator: Gary Goff
Defensive Coordinator: Tony Pecoraro
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator: Ryan Allgood
Quarterbacks: Phillip Ely
Running Backs/Camp Coordinator: Thomas Reese
Wide Receivers: Felton Huggins
Tight Ends: Sean Fogarty
Linebackers: Dwight Jackson
Defensive Line: Marc Yellock
Defensive Backs: Mike Johnson
Defensive Quality Control: Marco Sanchez
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