Darrell Hazell Rounds Out Staff With Final Three Hires
KENT, Ohio — Kent State Head Football Coach Darrell Hazell announced that Jeff Burrow, Brian George and Dave McMichael have joined the Golden Flashes staff. Burrow will mentor the safeties, George will coach the defensive line and McMichael will handle the tight ends.
The hiring of the trio rounds out Hazell's staff of nine assistant coaches.
"Jeff, Brian and Dave are talented coaches who will be excellent mentors for the young men in our program," says Hazell. "This group has strong ties to the Midwest and brings a wealth of experience to Kent State. I'm very pleased to finally have the entire staff in place."
A native of Sylvester, Ga., Burrow arrives at Kent State after spending the 2010 campaign as the secondary coach at Indiana State. Prior to that, he spent one year as the assistant secondary coach at Marshall and two seasons as the wide receivers coach at Jacksonville State, where he mentored a pair of all-conference honorees. Burrow previously served as the defensive graduate assistant at both Notre Dame (2005-06) and Minnesota (2003-04). A two-year starter and four-year letterwinner for Cincinnati at defensive back, he also spent a season in the Canadian Football League with Winnipeg. Burrow earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 1999 and a master's degree in education from Minnesota in 2004.
George spent the past six seasons as the co-defensive coordinator at Indiana, while mentoring the Hoosiers' defensive tackles the last two years. Under his tutelage, the Hoosiers set the school record with 42 sacks in 2007 en route to earning a bid to the Insight Bowl; and posted the fourth-highest mark with 31 sacks in 2008 — the top two-year total in school history. The St. Paris, Ohio, native arrived in Bloomington after a seven-year stint at Miami (Ohio) in which he worked his way from video coordinator (1998) to graduate assistant (1999-00) to defensive line coach (2001-03) to co-defensive coordinator (2004). George received his bachelor's degree in special education from Ohio in 1994 and was a four-year letterwinner as a fullback for the Bobcats.
McMichael brings 35 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Kent State staff, most recently as the tight ends coach and co-special teams coordinator at West Virginia in 2010. He spent the previous nine seasons at Connecticut, helping build the Huskies into a Big East title contender as the tackles and tight ends coach. Prior to his time in Storrs, the Kettering, Ohio, native held the same position with the Mountaineers from 1983-00. His resume, which encompasses 16 bowl appearances, also includes stops at Southern Illinois (1980-82) and Muskingum (1977-79). McMichael was a three-year letterwinner at Bowling Green, from which he went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration (1974) and his master's degree in physical education (1977).
Hazell was named Kent State's 20th head coach on Dec. 20 after spending the past seven seasons at Ohio State. He inherits a squad that went 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-American Conference in 2010.