KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – With the hiring of four more assitants, P.J. Fleck has almost completed the difficult process of filling out his coaching staff for his first season at the helm at WMU
On Monday, WMU football officially announced the hiring of Luke Getsy (wide receivers), Justin (J.B.) Gibboney (special teams coordinator), Brian Callahan (tight ends) and Charles Huff (running backs) to Fleck’s staff.
Gibboney comes to WMU after spending four seasons as the special teams coordinator at Purdue where he coaches the Boilermakers to the best kickoff return average in the nation in 2011.
"J.B. is one of the young rising stars in this profession. He came highly recommended by one of my former colleagues Bob Ligashesky, the special teams coordinator at Tampa Bay. He has four years of coordinating experience, coming from Purdue where his special teams unit led the country in kickoff return average in 2011. He is a great teach and recruiter in the Midwest. We are very happy to have him, and his wife Ryan, join our Bronco family," commented Fleck.
Getsy brought a MAC title to Akron in 2005 and put his name next to 24 Zip records as a player. He joins the staff after serving as the offensive coordinator at Indiana University of PA.
"Luke played in the Mid-American Conference and has coached in the Mid-American Conference. He has an extensive knowledge of the pass and run game as well as experience with both the spread and West Coast offenses as a player and coach. Having been a coordinator at such a young age, he is very bright and another up and coming coaches in this profession. He has a great mind and we are very excited to have Luke, Tina and their new son John in the Bronco family," said Fleck.
Huff spent the 2012 season in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills but also spent time in the SEC at Vanderbilt under head coach James Franklin.
"Charles Huff comes to us from the Buffalo Bills and was recommended to me by Dave Wannstedt. He is a great recruiter in the state of Florida and with his NFL background he has an impeccable attention to detail. He is a part of the James Franklin coaching tree and Coach Franklin is a great recruiter and one of the most respected coaches in the country so I was very happy to get a James Franklin disciple onto our coaching staff. We are really happy to have Charles on staff," added Fleck.
Callahan comes to the Broncos after serving as the offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois over the past three seasons, including this past year when the Panthers captured the Ohio Valley Conference title.
"I have known Brian Callahan for over eight years. He is one of the best recruiters of the state of Illinois and Catholic League recruiters that there is out there. He has a ton of passion for the run game and he brings the knowledge of an offensive line coach to our tight ends unit. We are very happy to have him, his wife Jennifer, and their three kids, Lauren, Grace and Kevin, in the Bronco family," said Fleck.
Western Michigan football is finalizing the last pieces of the staff including director of football operations and strength and conditioning, as well as a new position, director of internal operations. Those positions should be made official in the coming days.