The San Jose State Spartans made history in 2015 as they became the first 5-7 team to be invited to and win a bowl game. They look to improve on that mark in 2016 and they are making some big changes in the coaching staff.
Over a month ago, the Spartans confirmed that they had hired former Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English as their new defensive coordinator. It is his first collegiate level job after being fired in Ypsilanti due to a controversy that involved him using “homosexual slurs” during a team meeting.
He took two years off, but is now back and will join the Spartans along with three other coaches in 2016.
“I’m excited about the new defensive staff members we added to our program,” head coach Ron Caragher said in a statement. “Ron English has experience as a coordinator at the Division I level and as a head coach at Eastern Michigan. His experience and success in coaching will be a great addition.”
Before Eastern Michigan, English was the defensive coordinator at Michigan from 2006-07 and Louisville in 2008. Joining the defensive staff are Arnold Ale as linebackers coach, Will Harris as defensive backs coach and Barry Sacks as defensive line coach.
With an experienced leader like English on the staff for the Spartans, they look to be making a push in the Mountain West and towards another bowl game this year.