Roundup: Football adds two coaches
The Eastern Michigan University football team has hired two new coaches for the upcoming season.
Phil Snow, the linebackers’ coach for the NFL’s Detroit Lions from 2005-08, is set to take over the position of defensive coordinator. He replaces Eric Lewis.
Snow, 54-year-old play-caller, was the defensive backs’ coach for the University of California from 1987-91 where he coached EMU’s Ron English, a defensive back for Cal during Snow’s tenure. He also previously served as the co- and primary defensive coordinator for the University of Washington in the ‘04 and ‘05 seasons.
Adam Feit will take over as the new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Mike Szerszern, who left the position to become the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Feit, 24, takes the position after being an assistant coach for athlete development at the University of Lousville since 2008, where English was formerly a defensive coordinator before taking the coaching position at EMU.
Men’s track and field sends five to NCAAs
The EMU men’s track and field squad is sending five representatives to the NCAA National Championships.
The championships will be at Fayetteville, Ark., March 12-13.
Gerald Gersham, a 2009 Mid-American Conference champion, leads the way for Eastern as he’ll be competing in the shot put. The senior, and Southfield native, set a career best this season, throwing the shot put 62-1 1/4, which ended up being the ninth-best throw of anyone in the NCAA this season. This will be Gersham’s second appearance at the NCAAs, as he placed 14th last year.
The next four representatives for the Eagles come from their distance medley relay team. Curtis Vollmar, Ackeem Forde, David Brent and Blake Figgins head to Fayetteville after setting a school record in the event last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
The team broke the 15-year-old school record (9:35.21) with a 9:32.72.