Bowden Announces Staff Responsibility Changes
Clemson, SC-Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden has announced staff
coaching assignments for the 2004 season. All nine assistant
coaches return from Clemson's 9-4 2003 season that included a
four-game winning streak to end the season and a top 25 final
national ranking, but five of his assistants will have new duties in
Quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain will remain the coach of the
Tiger signal callers, but also will be the offensive coordinator.
Brad Scott, who was the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator
and tight ends coach in 2003, will remain the assistant head coach
and will now coach the offensive line.
Ron West will move from the offensive line to the defensive
line. Thielen Smith will move from the defensive line to the rover
and whip linebackers, while Jack Hines will move from the whip and
rover linebackers to the tight ends.
"Every year between the end of recruiting season and the
beginning of Spring practice I evaluate all aspects of our program,"
said Bowden, who will lead his team through the first workout of
Spring practice on Saturday. "I look for ways to improve.
"When I approached coach Scott about coaching the offensive
line he said it would make sense to let Mike (O'Cain) coordinate the
offense because he was now going to be responsible for five positions
instead of one. Last year, we set a school record for total
offense in a season in which we returned just six starters.
Obviously, Brad will continue to be significantly involved in our
Scott has significant experience coaching the offensive line.
He served in that capacity at Florida State from 1990-93. The
Seminoles won the National Championship in 1993. Smith coached the
linebackers at both Tulane and LSU during his career.
West served as the defensive coordinator at Louisiana
Lafayette for seven years (1986-92) and also coached linebackers at
Texas Tech in 1985. "When I was an assistant coach at Alabama and
Auburn we faced Ron's defenses at Louisiana Lafayette," said Bowden.
"He had Louisiana Lafayette ranked in the top 25 in total defense
quite a bit. Even though we were playing at home, we always had a
tough time against them."
Clemson football staff for 2004
Tommy Bowden, head coach
David Blackwell, recruiting coordinator, linebackers
Burton Burns, running backs
Jack Hines, tight ends
John Lovett, defensive coordinator, secondary
Mike O'Cain, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks
Brad Scott, assistant head coach, offensive line
Thielen Smith, rover and whip linebackers
Dabo Swinney, wide receivers
Ron West, defensive line