McCollum Announces Staff Changes/Additions

February 24, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Andy McCollum announced several coaching changes and two additions to his 2003 football staff.


McCollum elevated Darin Hinshaw and Blake Anderson to Co-Offensive Coordinator roles, while making Floyd Walker the team's running backs coach. Hinshaw, a former star signal-caller at UCF, has coached the running backs the past two years for McCollum and spent most of the last part of 2002 calling the plays when former offensive coordinator Steve Campbell moved to the field. Hinshaw, 30, will not have the responsibility of coaching a position, as he will oversee aspects of all the Blue Raiders' offensive positions during practice.


Anderson, who will be 34 next month, is preparing for his second season with the Blue Raiders and will continue to coach the wide receivers.


Walker, who has been a part of 144 wins as a Blue Raider player and coach the past 20 years, will now lead the running backs after serving as tight ends coach the previous four years. The Clarksville, TN, native started coaching under Boots Donnelly in 1988 and will be handling the running backs for the third time in his career.


Graduate assistant Heath Davis, who is beginning his second year with the Blue Raiders, will coach the tight ends.


"I am really excited about the changes we made on offense," McCollum noted. "I think each coach brings something strong to the table and can help us achieve our goal of winning another conference championship."


McCollum also announced two additions to the staff in Bradley Dale Peveto and Carey Bailey. Peveto, who comes to Murfreesboro from the University of Houston, will coach the secondary following the departure of Todd Bradford to BYU. Peveto, who was the co-defensive coordinator for the Cougars last year, also had stints at Northwestern State, Arkansas, Southern Miss and Stephen F. Austin.


In four years at Houston from 1999 to 2002, Peveto had four players earn five all-conference awards, while three were placed on the league's all-freshman squad. In 2001, defensive back Jermain Woodard was a third team Freshman All-American.


In 1999 Peveto mentored the Cougar secondary before coaching the cornerbacks in 2000 and 2001. Peveto handled the UH safeties in 2002. In 2002, he coached free safety Hank Milligan, who was a first team all-conference performer and a Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski "Watch List" candidate.


Bailey, who played on two SEC championship teams at Tennessee from 1988-91, will handle the defensive line. The Morgantown, WV, native comes to Middle Tennessee after serving the past five years as an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. Bailey went to UL Lafayette in 1998 under then-head coach Nelson Stokley to coach the Cajun linebackers. With the arrival of Jerry Baldwin in 1999, Bailey stayed on board, but switched his coaching duties to the defensive tackle position.

Rickey Bustle was the second UL Lafayette coach to retain Bailey, keeping him on as the defensive line coach in 2002.


"Both Peveto and Bailey bring energy, knowledge, and great intensity to the defensive staff," said McCollum. "Peveto is like another coordinator on our staff, which will only help the overall scheme, and Bailey is the type coach who will get the maximum ability out of a group of defensive linemen who have the potential to be very special at Middle Tennessee. They both bring great character to our program.


The Blue Raiders will begin spring practice on March 18 with the annual spring scrimmage scheduled for April 12.

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