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Holtz thankful staff remained intact

Posted Feb 22, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Feb 22, 2011 at 08:08 PM

I got a chance to sit down with USF football coach Skip Holtz on Monday, and I’ll be posting excerpts from that discussion over the next few days leading into the start of spring practice March 3.

One topic we hit on was his coaching staff, which had a few members mentioned as candidates for jobs at other programs – offensive coordinator Todd Fitch and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler were reportedly candidates for the head coaching jobs at Kent State and Elon, respectively, while quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas was a candidate for the offensive coordinator position at Boston College – but has remained intact entering spring workouts.

“Stability is a big part of building a program, not just stability with your players but stability with your staff is huge because the message stays consistent,” Holtz said. “You look at anybody, offense or defense, having to replace coordinators, replace terminology, replace personalities, it gets people back to where spring is a learning process again, learning the basics. We don’t have to go through that right now. There’s some stability, there’s some familiarity and we can take another step as a program because of that.

“If we had five new coaches, you have a lot of guys on this team that are starting over again. You’re going through the melting pot, the mixing of the personalities, and the cohesiveness and the chemistry and all those type of things, and knowing you don’t have to go through all that is exciting for me because it means we can turn and hopefully start taking some steps forward as a program.”

A number of factors could cause staff changes at any point going forward, but Holtz isn’t anticipating any between now and the fall, adding he’s “survived” the three main waves of the coaching carousel – after the regular season, after the bowl games and after signing day – and that he doesn’t believe anyone on his current staff would actively be seeking employment elsewhere.