Troy University head football coach Larry Blakeney has filled the two vacancies on the Trojans’ football coaching staff and has promoted two current members of the staff to new positions.
Inside receivers coach Kenny Edenfield has been promoted to offensive coordinator, filling the void left by the departure of Neal Brown to Texas Tech in the same position. Edenfield, who served as offensive coordinator at the University of North Alabama from 2002-06, will continue to coach the inside receivers.
Edenfield will be in his third season as an assistant coach at Troy, his alma mater, in 2010.
Offensive line coach John Schlarman is being promoted to the position of running game coordinator. The 1998 graduate of the University of Kentucky will continue in his role as offensive line coach in 2010, which will be his fourth season on the staff.
To fill the two openings on the staff, Blakeney has hired former Central Michigan assistant coach Jeff Beckles to replace Chad Scott, who went with Brown to Texas Tech, as the Trojans’ running backs coach. Blakeney has also selected Chip Lindsey, a highly successful high school head coach and offensive coordinator, to serve as the Trojans’ quarterbacks coach.
“It is always difficult when you lose members of your coaching staff because it is like losing members of your family,” Blakeney said. “Neal Brown and Chad Scott were a big part of the success we have had over the last four years and I wish nothing but the best for them at Texas Tech.
“I took some extra time to fill the openings on the staff because I wanted to make sure to find the right fit for our University, our football program, and the style of offense we play. At the same time, it was important for me to reward Kenny and John for their dedication to this program. I am confident they will excel and help the Troy football program continue to be successful.”
Lindsey is a Springville, Ala., native who has enjoyed success at every coaching stop in a career that has spanned 14 seasons, the last two at Lassiter HS in Marietta, Ga. His teams at Lassiter twice set school records for wins in a season, advancing to the second round and semi-finals of the state playoffs while posting a 20-4 record.
His Trojans averaged 43.25 points per game last fall while setting school records for pass attempts, yards and touchdowns.
Prior to his two seasons at Lassiter, Lindsey spent one year as the offensive coordinator at Hoover High School in 2007, helping the Bucs to a 13-2 record and a state runner-up finish. His other coaching stops have been at Colbert Heights HS in Tuscumbia as head coach (2005-06), Florence HS as offensive coordinator (2004), Deshler HS as assistant coach and head baseball coach (2000-03), Sparkman HS as assistant coach and head baseball coach (1998-99) and Springville HS as assistant coach (1997).
Lindsey received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in English and History and received a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife, Cecily, have four children – Claire (5), Caroline (3), Cooper (3) and Connor (2).
“Chip is well-versed in our offensive system and will make a great fit for our football program,” Blakeney said. “His teams have been explosive on offense and he has done a great job of developing young quarterbacks.”
Beckles comes to Troy from Central Michigan where he served as running backs coach from 2007-09. He also coached receivers at CMU during the 2003 season.
Beckles earned a bachelor’s degree in social science education from Florida State in 1994 and a master’s degree in sport management from Georgia in 2005. He was a wide receiver on Florida State teams that won five consecutive bowl games, the program’s first Atlantic Coast Conference championship under head coach Bobby Bowden and a national title in 1993.
“In addition to being an outstanding young coach, Jeff is an experienced recruiter with very strong ties to high schools and coaches in our primary recruiting grounds in Georgia and Florida,” Blakeney said. “Every program he has been a part of, as a player and coach, has been successful, and that is the kind of person you love to add to your program”.
In addition to his time at Central Michigan, Beckles spent the 2006 season as an assistant at Georgia Southern where he coached the Eagles’ receivers and served as recruiting coordinator.
In 2002, he was part of a Georgia coaching staff that led the Bulldogs to a 13-1 record and 26-13 win over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. He was also a graduate assistant, working with the receivers, on the Georgia staff in 2004 and 2005 as the Bulldogs posted records of 10-2 and 10-3.
Beckles began his coaching career by working at four high schools in Florida and Georgia from 1994-98.
He broke into the college ranks in 1999, coaching running backs at Nicholls State where he spent two seasons. He moved on to South Florida, where he worked with the receivers and running backs as a graduate assistant in 2001. The Bulls finished 8-3 that year, their first full season at the Division I-A level.