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WSU hires Kyle Krantz as special teams coordinator

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We have football news in February, and we’re not talking about a spring practice schedule. Instead, it’s a new assistant coach, as Nick Rolovich has hired Kyle Krantz as WSU’s new special teams coordinator. Krantz replaces Michael Ghobrial, who left earlier this winter for the New York Jets.

Krantz was most recently the special teams coordinator for the South Carolina Gamecocks. He spent five years in Columbia, S.C., and also coached the defensive backs last season. Krantz also has experience at Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Northwestern and Northern Colorado.

Here’s how the Gamecocks’ special teams performed last season:

  • Opponent Punt Returns: 110th in the nation, giving up an average of 12.75 yards per return and zero punt return TDs.
  • Opponent Kickoff Returns: 115th in the nation, giving up an average of 25.17 yards per return and one kickoff return TD.
  • Punt Returns: 109th in the nation, averaging 3.63 yards per return and no punt return TDs. South Carolina only returned eight punts in 10 games.
  • Kickoff Returns: 72nd in the nation, averaging 19.6 yards per return and zero return TDs.
  • Punting: 35th in the nation averaging 43.33 yards per punt.
  • Field Goals: 108th in the nation, making 11 of 19 field goal attempts.

(All stats are courtesy of It should also be noted that not every school played a full schedule, which affects the rankings to an extent.)

So, not great. The biggest concern is giving up yards on punts and kickoffs. Losing those field position battles are brutal. But hey, perhaps there were deeper issues at South Carolina, which is why the coaching staff got axed. And maybe Krantz is an ace recruiter. We’ll see!

Meanwhile, WSU also announced that Josh Omura, Marco Regalado and Samie Parker have been named to the football team’s recruiting staff. Yes, that Samie Parker.

To round out the football news, Scott Salwasser is now an assistant on the conditioning staff and current coaches John Richardson (assistant head coach) and Brian Smith (associate head coach) received new job titles. Time to update those email signatures!

Chloe Larson is the first WSU swimmer to win an individual conference championship

Larson won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.18 seconds and won by six-hundredths of a second. She set a school record in the event in the prelims with a time of 22.16 seconds. Way to go!

It was an undefeated Friday for WSU sports

It was another busy day for Cougar athletics. Even I had a base hit in baseball’s 19-5 win at Dixie State. Zane Mills tied a school record with 13 strikeouts in what they’re calling the modern era/aluminum bat era, and Kyle Manzardo extended his three-season hitting streak to 23 games.

Volleyball swept Cal, and it wasn’t particularly close, and tennis beat Idaho. The soccer team and Utah played to a 0-0 draw.


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