As the 2018 season inches ever closer, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the coaches David Beaty has on staff for 2018. There’s only a couple of new faces for 2018, but some responsibilities have been switched around. So, let’s get right to it and see who is doing what this year for KU football.
Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Cornerbacks
Bowen has moved from coaching safeties to corners this year, but the rest of his duties remain. He’s been the DC at Kansas since 2014, also serving a prior stint as co-DC under Mark Mangino from 2006-09.
Associate Head Coach / Running Backs
A former NASA rocket scientist, Hull is probably most popularly known among KU football faithful as Beaty’s ace recruiter, as he is the one credited with opening up the pipeline to Louisiana and the #Louisianimals, including Mike Lee, Corione Harris, and Pooka Williams.
Hull is beginning his third season with the Jayhawks. He came to KU from Warren Easton High School, where he was the head coach from 2007-15, building the school into a state juggernaut following Hurricane Katrina.
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Ready to begin his second season in Lawrence, Meacham has been coordinating offenses since 1991, finally getting his break in D1 football in 2013 with Houston. He was the co-OC at TCU from 2014-16 before making his way to Kansas. In 2014, Meacham was a finalist (top-five) for the Broyles Award.
Recruiting Coordinator / Special Teams Coordinator
Perry begins his fourth season on-staff at KU. This will be his first season coordinating the special teams; he has been the cornerbacks coach for the past three seasons. Perry came to KU from TCU where he also coached cornerbacks; prior to that he was a head coach in the Texas high school ranks.
A star receiver at Houston from 2008-11, Johnson has been on staff at Kansas since 2016. He has spent the last two years as an offensive analyst. 2018 will be his first year as an on-field assistant coach. Johnson and Beaty also worked together at Texas A&M in 2013.
Miller has been coaching football since 1978, and is beginning his second stint on the Kansas staff. In 2009, Miller was co-DC with Clint Bowen here at KU. He has previously coordinated defenses at Nevada, Western Michigan, Oklahoma State, Miami FL, Michigan State, and Arizona. He has spent the last four years at Florida State coaching linebackers.
Miller has been a semifinalist for the Broyles Award twice in his career, in 2000 with Michigan State and in 2003 with Florida.
Ricker begins his first year at KU, having come to Lawrence via Stillwater, Houston, and Missouri. An mU grad, Ricker played O-line there from 2000-03 and has been coaching offensive lines since retiring from professional football (NFL Europe and Arena) in 2007.
Tight Ends / Fullbacks
Riley begins his third year in Lawrence, but his first year coaching TE/FB. He was the quarterbacks coach in 2017 and an offensive analyst in 2016. He came to KU from East Carolina, where he was the receivers coach. His brother Lincoln is currently the head coach at Oklahoma.
Sendish graduated from KU in 2015 after coming in from junior college, starting all 24 games at safety in his Jayhawk career. He has been a graduate assistant for Beaty since his graduation; this is his first full-time assistant coaching gig.
Williams has been coaching since 1988, coming to KU from Ohio (not State) where he also coached the D-line. This is Williams’ second year in Lawrence.
Strength and Conditioning
Like Jesse Williams, Woodfin is also beginning his second season in Lawrence. He came to KU from Southern Miss, where he was the strength and conditioning coach for every sport. He was named the S&C coach of the year in 2014 at UAB. Woodfin also played his college ball at UAB, ending his career as the school’s all-time tackles leader.