With one day before National Signing Day, the Troy Trojans have taken the final steps needed to filling up its coaching staff.
On Tuesday, Troy announced four coaching changes, with two coaches being promoted into new positions and two new faces joining the staff.
Kenny Edenfield, who was formally the inside receivers coach, will replace Neal Brown as the offensive coordinator, while John Schlarman will take over as the running game coordinator as well as his old duty, the offensive line coach in his fourth season with the Trojans.
“This is always a long process, we are trying to pick out the guys that we think fit the best at the school,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said.
“We didn’t interview a ton of people, but there were a lot that were interested in the positions.
“The guys we brought in seemed to be the best fit, and they both have very impressive resumes,” Blakeney added.
The two coaches Blakeney is referring to would be Chip Lindsey, former head coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. and Jeff Beckels, former running backs coach from Central Michigan University from 2007 through 2009.
In those three season, Beckles’ running backs combined rushed for 1,392, 1,043 and 1,299 yards and added double-digits in touchdowns with 16, 12 and 10.
He was also a part of the University of Georgia coaching staff back in 2002, when the team went 13-1 including a Sugar Bowl victory.
Beckles was a wide receiver for Florida State, and has spent time coaching at Nicholls State, Georgia Southern and four different high schools in Florida and Georgia.
“[Beckles] has a good reputation as a teacher and as a coach,” Blakeney said. “He has a lot of recruiting bases that fit this area.”
“Jeff is familiar with the running back formations we have here [single back, shotgun and the no huddle], so he should have no problem with the transition.
“He will have more of a learning curve as far as the terminology [for the offense] goes,” the coach said. “But he is a smart guy, he will pick it up quickly.”
Lindsey was the offensive coordinator for Hoover High School before taking the head coach position at Lassiter in 2007 where he coached the Trojans for two seasons.
During those two seasons, Lindsey helped coach Lassiter to a 21-4 record.
“Chip is a pretty good coach and has been successful everywhere he has been,” Blakeney said.
“He is a spread guy that has the same terminology and language that we use for the offense, so it really was a no brainer for us.
“Plus it gives our guys a fresh perspective on the offense,” he added.
Now Lindsey goes from one Trojan team, to the another.
“I am extremely excited to work with coach Blakeney and his staff,” Lindsey said. “Troy is a great place to be a part of something special.”
“There will be somewhat of a transition, but having been in Alabama before, the familiarity will help,” Lindsey said.
“As far as the players go, building relationships and working the players hard will be the key to success.
“The players know when you are real and genuine and when you are not,” he added.
As for Edenfield, the Troy alum will get his shot to keep the Trojans’ offense as potent as it has been the past couple of seasons.
“We are going to continue to what we have done for the past couple of seasons, with a little tweaks here and there,” Edenfield said Tuesday afternoon. “We are going to use the players to the best of their ability and to someone who doesn’t know the details about the offense – it will look the same.”
While Edenfield said he has not discussed what some of the changes would be with the rest of his staff, he did say the upcoming spring game will be helpful in showing what he is inheriting.
“We are going to have a lot of good competition at the quarterbacks position this spring and we have a lot of depth all over the offense. “I am anxious to get started and to see what happens,” he added.