Duke’s coaching staff on the offensive end, the ball is complete as the Blue Devils officially signed Zohn Burden from the Maryland staff on Saturday.
Burden, 37, will coach wide receivers and coordinate Duke’s passing game with new coach Mike Elko’s staff.
Prior to coaching wide receivers at Maryland, Burden served on the Virginia Tech staff in the ACC from 2015 to 2019 as wide receivers coach for one season and running backs coach for four more. In 2020, he did not coach college football, choosing instead to found and lead the GAME Academy, which provided football training to high school and college athletes in a safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A native of Virginia, Burden played college football at the Virginia Military Institute from 2002 to 2005. He also coached college in Richmond and Old Dominion.
Formerly defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Elko became Duke’s head coach on Dec. 10, replacing David Cutcliffe. After Duke played six bowl games in seven seasons from 2012 to 2018, the Blue Devils suffered three straight losing seasons.
Since joining the Blue Devils, Elko has hired Smith, from Rutgers, as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Lyle Hemphill from Wake Forest to coach safeties, and Harland Bower from Texas A&M as defensive ends coach.
Duke was in the final stages of hiring New York Giants assistant coach Sean Spencer to coach defensive linemen and as co-defensive coordinator. But, on Saturday, Spencer informed Duke that he was taking a job in Florida instead.
On offense, Kevin Johns left Memphis to become Duke’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach where he will work with Burden tight ends coach Patrick Dougherty. Private Taylor, a holdover from Cutcliffe’s staff, will coach the running backs as Duke’s assistant head coach while Adam Cushing, who left his head coaching job at Eastern Illinois last week, is Duke’s offensive line coach and running game coordinator.
Dougherty will also coordinate Duke’s special teams.
This story was originally published January 15, 2022 1:40 p.m.