Blaney Promoted to Recruiting Coordinator

Jan. 18, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas assistant football coach Brandon Blaney has been promoted to recruiting coordinator, KU Head Coach Mark Mangino announced Wednesday. In addition to his new assignment, Blaney, who is in his fourth season at Kansas, will continue to coach the team’s tight ends.

“Brandon is a high-energy coach who possesses a great work ethic and attention to detail that is needed to lead our recruiting efforts,” said KU head coach Mark Mangino.

Blaney, who has been a member of the KU coaching staff since Mangino’s arrival in 2002, was promoted to the role of assistant recruiting coordinator in 2003. For the last two seasons, Blaney has assisted in KU’s recruiting efforts, helping the Jayhawks to two of their highest rated recruiting classes since joining the Big 12.

Before arriving in Lawrence, Blaney also was a member of two coaching staffs that led their respective teams — Oklahoma and Youngstown State — to national championships.

Blaney is a 1999 graduate of Youngstown State where he served four years (1995-98) on the coaching staff as a student assistant, working with the offensive line and special teams. A native of Lamar, Mo., Blaney worked in the spring of 1999 as a graduate assistant coach at Youngstown State. He moved to the University of Oklahoma for the 1999 season, and worked alongside Coach Mangino as an offensive line graduate assistant coach for two seasons. Blaney spent the 2001 season as a graduate assistant working with the linebackers at Ohio State, where he was reunited with former Youngstown State head coach Jim Tressel.

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