The remodeling of the FIU football house is almost complete as far as the coaching staff is concerned.
Three of the four most important pillars are in place with the hiring of Mike MacIntyre as head coach, David Yost as quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator and Ricky Brumfield as special teams coordinator.
MacIntyre still hasn’t found his defensive coordinator, although George Frazier (defensive line) and Nate Taye (defensive backs) are on board. This means that coordinator d, once hired, will most likely coach linebackers.
The rest of the offensive staff is in place with Eric Hickson (running backs), Jay MacIntyre (wide receivers), Joshua Eargle (tight ends) and Greg Austin (o-line).
Hickson is the newest recruit coming from the University of Miami, where he coached running backs on Manny Diaz’s staff. Prior to that, he coached RBs at Kansas State and Akron.
As a player, Hickson left Kansas State in 1998 as the school’s all-time leading rusher (2,537 yards).
However, according to the FIU hiring as defensive coordinator, the most compelling character among MacIntyre’s staff is Yost. whose offense will be front and center for FIU fans to judge.
So what is his offensive philosophy?
“I’m a speed and space guy,” Yost told the Miami Herald. “I want to play fast with fast guys. We will have a spread attack and we will play with the tempo.
Yost mentioned the offenses of coaches Mike Leach and Chip Kelly as two of his biggest influences.
Moreover, Yost made it clear that he used a simple enough system to get his best players on the pitch.
“If you have a guy who’s not on the pitch because he can’t pick up the system, there’s a problem with the offense,” Yost said. “It’s not a problem with the child.
“We don’t have too many stuff (games). We don’t want our players to think. The less you have to think, the faster you can play.
Yost said he was an aggressive player and his goal was to dictate as much as possible on defense.
“I tell our guys, ‘We’re going to blitz the defence. They’re not going to bomb us,” Yost said.
“We want to run the ball and shoot down the pitch. Space is our friend. We will play sideline against sideline and goal line against goal line. »
Aside from football, Yost also spoke to the Herald about his long blonde hair, which has become his trademark.
Yost said her long locks help her stand out and make an impression when recruiting.
“All the other coaches look the same for the players,” Yost said. “Before dating my wife (Carrie), I had a perm. I had it so I didn’t have to do much with my hair. I thought it looked pretty good.
“Looking back, it didn’t look good. My wife told me I would never be allowed to have a perm again.
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