Dantonio Restructures Coaching Staff: Quotes
March 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Quotes from assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner, co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman and quarterbacks coach Brad Salem on the restructuring of Michigan State's football staff by seventh-year head coach Mark Dantonio.
Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi
"It's an honor to be named assistant head coach because in his first nine seasons as a head coach, Mark Dantonio has never had someone in that position. Coach D isn't someone who throws titles around. I understand this position carries some weight and importance, so I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner
On being named co-offensive coordinator:
"First and foremost, I'm excited and honored that Coach Dantonio has the confidence in me to lead this offense.
"Offensively, we've had a blue-collar approach and it has worked well for us, but it's time to make some tweaks and adjustments. We've accomplished a lot of good things over the last six years, but it's time for all of us to step up and help take this program to new heights."
On his transition as a position coach from quarterbacks to running backs:
"Whenever a change is made, it brings newness and as a result, it adds a little life to the situation. So I'm excited about working with the running backs. All of the skill positions have to work hand in hand, so we can maximize our production."
On working alongside Jim Bollman as co-offensive coordinator:
"I remember the first time I met Jim Bollman was on a recruiting trip in 1984. He was an assistant coach at N.C. State and I was coaching at Kent State. This is the first opportunity that I've had to work with him but he's highly thought of in the coaching profession. I'm looking forward to sitting down with him to share ideas and get the entire offensive staff fully involved in a collaborative process. We want to put last year behind us, make changes and adjustments, and move forward as an offense."
Co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman
"I've been in the coaching profession for 36 years, and at this point in my career, the people you become associated with are the biggest key. I've been fortunate throughout my career, but I've had a strong, long-standing relationship with Mark (Dantonio) and I wasn't going to miss this opportunity. It's a real neat thing to be reunited with him.
"Mark has done a great job in bringing stability to this Michigan State football program and building it for long-term success. He accomplished a lot in his first six seasons: six-straight postseason appearances including back-to-back bowl wins, a Big Ten Championship and a Big Ten Legends Division title. It's definitely an exciting time to be a Spartan.
"I know a lot of the guys on this staff through direct and indirect relationships. I knew Brad Salem when he was a graduate assistant here under Nick Saban, Mark Staten when he was a graduate assistant at Ohio State, and first became aware of Dave Warner when he played quarterback for Jim Tressel at Syracuse. There are coaches on this offensive staff with a multitude of experiences. I'm looking forward to working in a collaborative way with Dave Warner and the entire offensive staff. I have no doubt that attitudes and egos with be checked at the door, so we can operate at the optimal level.
"It's nice to be back here in mid-Michigan. With familiar surroundings, there was a certain comfort level when I drove into town for my interview. The football facilities have certainly changed a lot since my first stop here in the mid-1990s. Trust me, I'll never take these facility upgrades for granted."
Quarterbacks coach Brad Salem
On his transition as a position coach from running backs to quarterbacks:
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work with this talented group of quarterbacks. I'm looking forward to developing relationships with the quarterbacks, in the position meeting room, on the practice field as well as off the field. A change in responsibility always renews you in some way. I played the position in college and I've coached it before, so this isn't a completely new experience.
"Our offensive staff has always worked well together. There are no egos on this staff, regardless of title. So we're looking forward to sharing ideas throughout spring practice, as we look to put players in positions to maximize their potential as well as their production."