Wilson Adds Three Assistants, Announces Staff Realignment

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Kevin Wilson added three assistant coaches on Thursday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Kevin Wilson added three assistant coaches on Thursday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 13, 2011

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Rod Smith, Greg Frey and Jerry Montgomery have joined Indiana Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson's coaching staff, Wilson announced Thursday. Smith will serve as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Frey will coach the offensive line and Montgomery will handle the defensive tackles.

    Wilson also announced plans to reorganize staff duties. Kevin Johns will join Smith as co-offensive coordinator. Johns will still coach the team's wide receivers. Mark Hagen will now be in charge of the defensive ends and remain as IU's special teams coordinator. Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach Doug Mallory has been tabbed assistant head coach.

    "We have deliberately taken time with our hires to make sure we get the right fits, not just with coaching backgrounds and pedigrees, but getting the right people to make up a cohesive unit," Wilson said. "We feel the staff has come together in a very positive manner.

    "I will be more involved with the offense initially and in time we will determine how we call games. I will make sure it starts out with my involvement and those guys splitting the workload that I can't do.

    "I've had previous relationships with Rod Smith and Greg Frey having built some of our past offenses with Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and having continued to visit and study with those guys. It is going to be a natural transition for both of them. They are well-versed in the no-huddle style and know how to coach it.

    "Jerry Montgomery is the one guy on staff I didn't personally know, but like six of our assistants, he has a Big Ten background. Jerry was a great player at Iowa and came highly recommended from a colleague. When we met him, he lit up the room. Jerry is a tremendous young coach and a great addition to our staff."



    Eight of Wilson's nine full-time coaching positions are now filled. Below is a look at Indiana's staff:

    Doug Mallory - Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
    Mike Ekeler - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
    Mark Hagen - Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator
    Jerry Montgomery - Defensive Tackles
    Corey Raymond - Cornerbacks

    Kevin Johns - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
    Rod Smith - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
    Greg Frey - Offensive Line
    TBA - Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator

    Below are short biographies on Rod Smith, Greg Frey and Jerry Montgomery:

    Rod Smith - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
    Smith coached the quarterbacks at the University of Michigan from 2008-10 after one season in the same position at West Virginia University. He helped develop two of college football's most explosive quarterbacks in U-M's Denard Robinson and WVU's Pat White. Smith originally worked at West Virginia as an offensive graduate assistant in 2001, but was quickly offered a full-time position coaching the quarterbacks and serving as pass game coordinator at the University of South Florida (2001-04). He mentored the signal-callers for four years at USF before being elevated to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for his final two seasons (2005-06). Smith served as an offensive coordinator at Franklin (W.Va.) High School (1997-98) and Urbana (Ohio) University (1998-2000). He also committed time as a graduate assistant at Clemson University, before his initial stint at West Virginia. Smith earned All-America honors in 1996 as a quarterback at Glenville State College, when he was a team captain for the school's fourth straight conference championship team. A native of Franklin, W.Va., Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Glenville State in 1997 and received a master's degree in teaching at Urbana in 2000. Smith and his wife, Charlene, have a son, Alex (10).

    Smith on Indiana:
    "I am very happy to join Coach Wilson and the great staff he has assembled. My family and I are excited to be in Bloomington and can't wait to get going."

    Greg Frey - Offensive Line
    Frey comes to Bloomington from the University of Michigan, where he served in the same capacity from 2008-10. He arrived in Ann Arbor after spending the 2007 season mentoring the offensive line at West Virginia University. Prior to WVU, Frey helped launch the University of South Florida's football program as a graduate assistant in the team's first years of existence (1996-98). He received a full-time position leading the Bulls' defensive line during the 1999 season and then moved to the opposite side of the ball, working with the offensive linemen for seven seasons (2000-06). He was a three-year letterman on Florida State University's offensive line and was a member of Bobby Bowden's national championship team in 1993, defeating Nebraska in the 1994 Orange Bowl. Frey graduated from Clearwater High School, where SuperPrep Magazine rated him the top offensive lineman in the country. He also went on to earn Parade All-America status. A native of Clearwater, Fla., Frey is a 1996 graduate of Florida State.

    Frey on Indiana:
    "This is really a great opportunity. I am excited about being here and working with Coach Wilson. He is going to get this thing headed in the right direction and I look forward to getting to work."

    Jerry Montgomery - Defensive Tackles
    Montgomery spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as defensive line coach at the University of Wyoming and is quite familiar with the Big Ten, as he was a defensive tackle at the University of Iowa from 1998-01. He came to Wyoming from the University of Northern Iowa, where he helped guide the Panthers to the semifinals of the 2008 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs and the quarterfinals of the 2007 FCS playoffs. Montgomery coached the UNI defensive line for three seasons (2006-08). Prior to coaching at Northern Iowa, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at North Iowa Area Community College for the 2005 season. He also coached at Iowa City West High School for the 2003 and 2004 campaigns. Montgomery was a four-year starter at Iowa. Following his college playing career, he went to camp with the New Orleans Saints in 2002. He later played in the Arena Football League with the Chicago Rush, Colorado Crush and Las Vegas Gladiators from 2003-2005. Montgomery played his high school football at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nev., where he was the Nevada State Player of the Year in 1997. He graduated from Iowa with a bachelor's degree in African American Studies in 2002. Montgomery and his wife, Natalie, have three sons, Jayden (6), Tevyn (5) and Jace (1).

    Montgomery on Indiana:
    "I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of IU. Being a former Big Ten player, I am thrilled to come back to the league. I am optimistic about the things we can accomplish here. The facilities are awesome and I think we will be successful."


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