Gill Announces Kansas Football Coaching Staff

Jan. 5, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Newly hired Kansas Head Football Coach Turner Gill completed his first Jayhawk coaching staff and announced those hires on Tuesday. Among the group are two former KU assistant coaches.

Joining Gill’s staff are J.B. Grimes (offensive line), Reggie Mitchell (running backs/recruiting coordinator), Vic Shealy (cornerbacks), Robert Wimberly (safeties) Buddy Wyatt (defensive line) and Darrell Wyatt (co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers). Mitchell and Darrell Wyatt both coached previously at KU.

These assistants join three coaches who were announced on Dec. 14, the day Gill was hired. Those original hires were Chuck Long (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Carl Torbush (defensive coordinator/linebackers) and Aaron Stamn (tight ends/special teams coordinator).

“This is a phenomenal staff, which has a passion to develop the skills for life and football for student-athletes,” Gill said. “We will make sure each student-athlete, by the end of his career, reaches his full potential on and off the field.”

The 10 full-time staff members, including Gill, have combined to coach 213 seasons and 72 bowl games at the collegiate level. Four members of the staff have spent a combined 15 years as a college head coach.

“As people look at this staff, it is noticeable the vast experience the group has and the excellence they have achieved in their coaching careers,” Gill said.

J.B. Grimes, Offensive Line

Grimes spent five seasons as the offensive line coach at Mississippi State from 2004-08. He is a 32-year coaching veteran having also spent time coaching at Northeast Louisiana, Arkansas, Delta State, Missouri, Northeast Louisiana, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and East Carolina.

Grimes has been a part of 14 bowl games at the FBS level, as well as coaching on one national championship team when Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) won the I-AA title in 1987.

Mitchell was assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/running backs coach at Illinois for the past five years. He has been recognized by for his recruiting efforts earning a Top-Five Big 10 listing in 2007 and a Top-20 National ranking in 2006.

Reggie Mitchell, Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator

Mitchell is returning to Kansas, where he coached from 1988-96 under Glen Mason. Mitchell’s career has featured stops at Central Michigan, Ferris State, Michigan, Western Michigan, Kent State, Minnesota and Michigan State since he began coaching in 1983.

Vic Shealy, Cornerbacks

Shealy, a former head coach at Azusa Pacific, as well as both an offensive and defensive coordinator during his career, comes to Kansas after spending the past decade coaching at Air Force (1999-2004), UNLV (2005-08) and Richmond (2009).

Last year as the defensive coordinator at Richmond, Shealy’s defense ranked fifth in the FCS in rushing defense and ninth in scoring defense.

Robert Wimberly, Safeties

Wimberly spent the 2009 season as the linebackers coach at Buffalo. Prior to that he spent four seasons as the linebackers coach at Liberty. He also took on the role of Director of High School Relations for two years at Liberty.

Prior to his stint at Liberty, Wimberly was a student assistant and graduate assistant at Wisconsin in 2002 and 2003 when the Badgers played in consecutive bowl games.

Buddy Wyatt, a Texas native and TCU graduate, has coached the defensive line at schools in the Big 12, Big 10 and Southeastern Conferences. Wyatt spent the past two seasons at Texas A&M mentoring the Aggies’ defensive linemen.

Wyatt previously coached at Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Colorado, Alabama and Nebraska. During his tenure he has worked with a number of successful coaches and helped numerous defensive linemen reach the NFL.

Buddy Wyatt, Defensive Line

Darrell Wyatt has been associate head coach/offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach for the past two seasons at Southern Mississippi. Wyatt played at Kansas State from 1987-88 before beginning his coaching career at Trinity Valley.

Darrell Wyatt, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers

He then coached at Sam Houston State, Wyoming, Baylor, Kansas (under Terry Allen from 1997-2000), Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona.

2010 Kansas Football Full-Time Coaching Staff

Head Coach – Turner Gill (North Texas, 1990)

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Chuck Long (Iowa, 1985)

Offensive Line – J.B. Grimes (Henderson State, 1977)

Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator – Aaron Stamn (Minnesota State-Mankato, 2002)

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers – Darrell Wyatt (Kansas State, 1989)

Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator – Reggie Mitchell (Central Michigan, 1981)

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Carl Torbush (Carson Newman, 1974)

Defensive Line – Buddy Wyatt (TCU, 1990)

Cornerbacks – Vic Shealy (Richmond, 1984)

Safeties – Robert Wimberly (Alabama A&M, 2002)