So far, Mike Leach has gotten 9 Assistant coaches and appears to have 2-3 coaches to go, including the defensive coordinator position. So i'm making this for the comments, which assistant is the most important (excluding the coordinators) and whats your most wanted D-Coordinator? Here's the list of coaches and their previous positions.
Dennis Simmons, outside Receivers.
Eric Morris, Inside Receivers.
Clay McGuire, O-Line
Eric Russell, special teams
Jim Mastro, running backs
David Emerick, Assistant Director of Football Operations and Recruiting
Antonio Huffman, Director of Football Operations
Joe Salave'a, Defensive Line Coach
Paul Volero, Defensive Line Coach
So, everything looks normal until Joe Salave'a and Paul Volero. They both coached D-Line at their previous jobs, and i dont understand the point of two coaches just for the Defensive Line, especially when this is an offensive minded system. Also, he still has his strength and conditioning coach to hire as well as his, well unless one of the two D-Line coaches switches to the Line-Backers coach, the LB, Safety and Corner backs have yet to be hired. Though i would expect the D-Coordinator to take up one of the positions as well as his own.
So it looks like coach leach still has 2 or 3 assistants to hire, then his staff is complete and ready for next year. Obviously a lot of his assistants are already on the recruiting trail, with the recent commits of Alex Jackson, Khalil Pettway, Feddie Davey, Keith Ewing and the most recent JC kicker commit Mike Bowlin. As for the rest of the commits, who knows how many mike will keep or let go. Time will tell.
Also, in a recent interview with KHQ, Mike Leach said he will announce his official staff soon after new years, so it wont be long before we know our staff. So far, i think he has a great staff coming in, getting his defensive coordinator will only help recruiting, unless its Nick Holt, that is.