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Memphis' New Coaching Staff Is In Place. Who Wanted The Open Positions?

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Norvell hit the ground running since being named Memphis Tigers head coach a month ago.  Norvell has been active in appearances with the media, on Twitter, but most importantly in filling out his staff.

As of Monday evening Norvell has filled all 9 of his coaching positions as well as his strength coach (Josh Storms).  We thought you may enjoy a brief overview of the new Memphis staff as well as a brief bio on what will be Norvell's right hand men.


Current Position Previous School (position)
Chip Long Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Arizona State (Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Ball Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Arizona State (Safeties/Co-Defensive Coordinator)
Darrell Dickey Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Retained from Fuente's staff
Joe Lorig pecial Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Utah State (Safeties)
Dan Lanning Recruiting Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Alabama (GA - Linebackers
Ryan Silverfield
Offensive Line Detroit Lions (Offensive Line)
Paul Randolph Defensive Line Arizona State
David Johnson Wide Receivers Tulane (Tight Ends)
Marcus Woodson Cornerbacks Fresno State (Cornerbacks)

Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends: Chip Long

Coach Long will join Memphis after coaching alongside Norvell from 2012-2015 at Arizona State.  Longs career includes stints at Arkansas, Louisville, Illinois, and Arizona State.

Long was part of an offensive staff at Arizona State which yearly ranked inside the top 20 in offensive efficiency.  Along with bringing his "aggressive, attack style offense" to Memphis, Long will also bring a highly regarded reputation as a recruiter.  He has been widely recognized as one of the nations top recruiters over the past 4 years.

Defensive Coordinator/Safeties: Chris Ball

Coach Ball will also make the trip from Tempe to Memphis.  Ball coached alongside Norvell and Long for the Sun Devils from 2012-2015.  During this time Ball was the safeties coach as well as co-defensive coordinator the last three seasons.  His career includes stints at Washington State, Pittsburg, Alabama, and Arizona State.

Ball's Arizona State defense yearly ranked as one of the top Pac-12 defenses.  Ball also has been credited with helping develop several players to the NFL throughout his career including players such as Roman Harper and Damarious Randall.  He brings to Memphis a defensive style intent on creating negative plays and forcing turnovers.

Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs: Darrell Dickey

Darrell Dickey will enter his 8th overall season (4th current) with Memphis.  He previously served his current position under previous head coach Justin Fuente.

Dickey played a vital role in helping Fuente to build Memphis toward respectability.  In 2014 the Tigers led the American Athletic Conference in rushing behind Dickey's running back by committee style.  Dickey's long career of building strong offensive minded teams spans over 30 years and includes stops at Texas A&M, Mississippi State, LSU, and SMU among other schools.