Miami University head football coach Chuck Martin has announced the addition of six assistants to his coaching staff. These six additions already join George Barnett, Eric Koehler and Pat Welsh as assistant coaches for the RedHawks in 2014.

The biographies for all new additions can be found below.


 

Bill Brechin
Assistant Coach

Brechin begins his first year as an assistant coach with the Miami RedHawks. His official position will be determined later.

Brechin comes from Grand Valley State University, where he coached wide receivers in 2013. While there just a short time, he made a major impact, helping sophomore wide receiver Jamie Potts earn first-team All-Super Region 4 honors, finishing the year with 899 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He and the Lakers would also advance to the National Semi-Final contest.

Prior to GVSU, Brechin spent three seasons working with the Notre Dame football coaching staff. From 2010-11, Brechin was an intern for the offensive staff and his primary duties involved assisting the offensive coaches in a variety of areas, including film breakdowns, scouting reports and playbooks. In 2012, Brechin worked with the wide receivers and slot receivers.

Brechin joined the Irish following a two-year stint as graduate assistant at Grand Valley State where he worked with the Lakers' safeties. In 2009, Grand Valley State advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game.

Brechin was an All-GLIAC performer at Grand Valley State from 2005-07 as a defensive back. He played for current Miami head coach Chuck Martin when he was head coach at Grand Valley State. In his career with the Lakers, Brechin tallied 82 tackles, 24 pass deflections and eight interceptions. A three-year starter for the Lakers, Brechin led GVSU to back-to-back NCAA DII National Championships in 2005 and 2006 and helped the Lakers post a 40-1 record during his playing career. Brechin was the defensive player of the game in the 2006 title game as he picked off two passes and recovered a fumble in the 17-14 victory.

Brechin is a native of Addison, Ill. He and his wife, Jessica, have a son, John and daughter, Addyson.

Brechin Timeline
2013 – Wide Receivers, GVSU
2012 – Offensive Assistant, Notre Dame
2010-11 – Football Intern, Notre Dame
2008-09 – Graduate Assistant, GVSU

Corey Brown
Defensive Line

Corey Brown begins his first year as the defensive line coach at Miami.

Brown spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant for the defensive coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame. A former defensive lineman at the University of Iowa, Brown has seven years of experience coaching the defensive line.

This past season with the Fighting Irish Brown mentored both defensive end Stephon Tuitt and defensive tackle Louis Nix. Both are projected as potential first round draft picks in the upcoming NFL draft. In 2012 Brown was part of a staff that helped Notre Dame advance to the National Championship game versus Alabama.

Prior to Notre Dame, Brown coached for three seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He focused on the defensive line and also served as a strength and conditioning coach. At Iowa Western, Brown helped six players earn scholarships to Football Bowl Subdivision schools such as Oregon, Washington State, West Virginia and Iowa State. He coached one All-American and had eight all-region or all-conference performers.

From 2006-07, Brown coached the defensive line and again was a strength and conditioning coach at North Iowa Area Community College.

Brown graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a sociology degree. He was a member of the Hawkeyes football team from 1995-99. As a senior in 1999, Brown started all 11 games at defensive tackle, ranked ninth on the team with 52 tackles and earned the team's defensive hustle award.

Following college, Brown played five years on the defensive and offensive line for the Quad City Steam Wheelers in the Arena Football League 2. Brown helped the Steam Wheelers claim back-to-back AFL2 championships as Quad City posted a combined 37-1 record in Brown's first two seasons with the club.

A native of Houston, Texas, Brown has two daughters, Erin and Kayla, and one son, Anthony.

Brown Timeline
2012-13 – Notre Dame, Graduate Assistant
2008-11 – Western Community College, Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning
2006-07 – North Iowa Area Community College, Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning

Autry Denson
Running Backs

Autry Denson begins his first year coaching running backs for Miami University.

Denson spent the past three seasons as the running backs coach at Bethune-Cookman. In 2013 B-CU’s running backs totaled 2,179 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns on 401 attempts (5.4 ypc). The Wildcats would finish the year with a 10-3 record, which included a trip to the NCAA playoffs.

In 2012, Denson had his first running back eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the form of junior Isidore Jackson. He rushed for 1,069 yards total in becoming the first Wildcats running back to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a season since 1997. Jackson also finished the campaign second in the league for rushing yards, marking the highest finish for a Wildcat running back in league standings in more than 10 years.

In all, the Bethune-Cookman rushing attack totaled 2,928 yards and 28 of the team’s 43 touchdowns on the campaign. Four players rushed for more than 400 yards, including Rodney Scott who was second on the team with 632 yards and five touchdowns. In the rushing category, B-CU led the league and finished 10th nationally with an average of 244.42 yards per game, and accumulating 28 rushing touchdowns on 2,933 yards total for the season.

He oversaw the development of a strong Wildcat running game in 2011, headed up by All-MEAC first team performer Jackson, who rushed for 866 yards and seven touchdowns on 146 carries under Denson’s guidance. The B-CU running backs combined for 2,058 yards, leading an offensive ground attack that finished fifth in the NCAA Division I FCS rankings with 259.3 yards per game.

In the off-season months, Denson had the opportunity to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaches Internship Program, giving him a chance to reunite with Tony Dungy, the coach who drafted him out of Notre Dame. Denson interned over the summer in camps with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins, in addition to working a summer football camp with Urban Meyer, one of his former position coaches when he was with the Irish.

Before coming to the college ranks and B-CU, Denson was head football coach at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla. during the 2010 season.

Denson began his career as a coach after a stellar playing career, forming his own youth program called POISE (Perseverance, Opportunity, Intelligence, Sacrifice and Effort), working with teenage athletes in education, on the field, and in bible study. The organization led to the creation of the Run for Your Goal Youth Flag Football League, of which Denson is the commissioner. RFYG provides a safe place for the youth of South Florida to learn the game of football.

Coming out of Notre Dame as a seventh round in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denson started for the Miami Dolphins in the 1999 and 2000 seasons, after which he played for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. He later went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes, where he finished eighth in the league in rushing.

Before turning pro, Denson set the record as the all-time leading rusher at Notre Dame with 4,318 yards and 43 touchdowns, capping a spectacular college career which included MVP honors at the 1999 Gator Bowl and team MVP for the Fighting Irish in 1997 and 1998 seasons, playing two years under Lou Holtz and two under Bob Davie.

He surpassed 100 yards in a game 21 times during his four years with the Irish, just two games short of yet another program record. Denson logged three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and no other running back has come within 1,000 yards of his mark since his graduation with a Business degree in 1999.

Denson is a South Florida native and graduate of Nova High in Davie, playing for Coach Willie Dodaro, where he set the Broward County rushing record. He was named 1995 Offensive Player of the Year by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and Player of the Year by the Miami Herald.

He and his wife, Elaine, have four children, Ashley (18), Autry III (15), Elijah (8) and Asia (6).

Denson Timeline
2011-13 – Bethune-Cookman, Running Backs
2010 – Pope John Paul II High School, Head Coach

 

John Hauser
Defensive Backs

John Hauser begins his first year as the defensive backs coach for the RedHawks. Hauser spent the past two seasons at The Citadel in charge of the Bulldog safeties and has nine years of experience coaching the defensive backs position.

While at The Citadel, Hauser was responsible for the development of Nick Willis, who as a true freshman, earned a spot of the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team.

Prior to The Citadel, Hauser was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Wayne State University for four seasons and spent two months as director of player personnel at the University of Illinois before his return to coaching led him to The Citadel.

While at Wayne State, Hauser oversaw a unit that finished in the top-10 nationally in Division II in scoring defense and produced four all-conference defensive backs and a pair of All-Americans. With Hauser playing an integral role, the Warriors turned the corner from being a program with no prior history of success into one which twice set school records for most wins in a season and advanced to the NCAA Division II title game in 2011.

In addition to his responsibilities managing the Wayne State defense, Hauser also worked with the special teams, primarily the punt, punt return, kickoff and field goal block units, and coordinated recruiting efforts in Michigan and parts of Ohio. 

Prior to joining the Wayne State program, Hauser spent five seasons at Northern Illinois. Hauser was a graduate assistant for the Huskies from 2003-05 before earning a fulltime position on the staff as defensive backs coach in 2006.

He was part of a coaching staff that led Northern Illinois to three straight Mid-American Conference Western Division championships and three bowl appearances. Hauser also spent eight months on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Wittenberg University in Ohio, before accepting an offer to go Northern Illinois.

Hauser was a four-year starter at safety at Wittenberg and served as a team captain his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the all-conference team three times and earned a spot on the Division III All-America team in 2002. In his four years at Wittenberg the team combined to finish 40-6 overall.

Hauser earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Wittenberg and a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Northern Illinois. He and his wife, Seanna, are the parents of a daughter, McKenna.

Hauser Timeline
2012-13 – The Citadel, Safeties/Outside Linebackers
2012 – Illinois, Director of Player Personnel
2009-12 – Wayne State, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2006-08 – Northern Illinois, Defensive Backs
2003-05 – Northern Illinois, Graduate Assistant
2002 – Wittenberg, Assistant Coach

Joe Palcic
Assistant Coach

Joseph Palcic, a 1998 graduate of Miami University, returns to the RedHawks as an assistant coach, but his actual role has yet to be determined. Palcic spent the past season with Alabama as a defensive analyst.

Prior to joining the Crimson Tide, Palcic was the defensive backs coach at Ashland University for one season, helping the Eagles to a perfect 11-0 regular season and was part of a defensive unit that led the GLIAC in scoring and total defense.

Palcic spent six seasons as the co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Indiana University from 2005-10, helping the Hoosiers advance to their first bowl game in 13 years (2006 Insight Bowl) and coached under former RedHawk head coach Terry Hoeppner. Palcic’s defense led the Big Ten in sacks (47), turnovers (31) and interceptions (19) in 2007.

In his time with the Hoosiers he would also mentor two former National Football League draft picks: Tracey Porter (2008, second round) and Ray Fisher (2010, seventh round). Porter would intercept Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV, securing a victory for the New Orleans Saints.

Prior to his time with Indiana, he coached at his alma mater from 1999-2004. He began his Miami coaching career as the linebackers/special teams coach in 1999. That season Dustin Cohen was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Palcic coached defensive backs and special teams from 2000-03 and was named the defensive coordinator in 2004. The 2003 RedHawks won the MAC Championship and finished the season 10th in the AP poll.

Palcic began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan in 1998.

Palcic was an outside linebacker at Miami from 1994-97, completing his degree in sociology.

Palcic Timeline
2013 – Alabama, Defensive Analyst
2012 – Ashland, Defensive Backs
2005-10 – Indiana, Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks
2004 – Miami, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2000-03 – Miami, Defensive Backs/Special Teams
1999 – Miami, Linebackers/Special Teams
1998 – Eastern Michigan, Graduate Assistant

Matt Pawlowski
Defensive Coordinator

Matt Pawlowski begins his first year as the defensive coordinator. The position he will coach will be announced at a later date.

Pawlowski will bring over 30 years of coaching experience to Oxford, Ohio, which includes 25 years of experience as a defensive coordinator.

Prior to Miami, Pawlowski spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Western Carolina (2008-11) after serving in the same capacity for four seasons at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., where he was a part of two NCAA Division II National Championships. He also served as the assistant head coach, as well as coaches WCU’s defensive backs.

In his time at WCU, five defenders earned All-Southern Conference accolades under Pawlowski. Defensive lineman Jeff Bradley and Mitchell Bell both garnered second team All-SoCon plaudits in 2008, with linebackers Adrian McLeod and Chris Collins earning honors in 2009. McLeod additionally garnered second team All-America recognition by The Sports Network. In 2010, Bell was again honored as was Torez Jones who led the Southern Conference with seven interceptions.

While at Grand Valley State (2004-07), Pawlowski was a part of setting the longest winning streak in NCAA D-II history as the Lakers rolled off 40-consecutive wins from 2005 through 2007. In four seasons, GVSU compiled a 50-4 overall record and his defense limited opponents to 10-points or less in an impressive 24 of his 54 games coached. He also tutored 29 players to All-GLIAC plaudits, as well as defensive tackle Mike McFadden, who earned the Gene Upshaw Award for the nation's top interior lineman in 2005 and 2006.

In 2007, Pawlowski had five defenders named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) all-conference team including the league's defensive back of the year, cornerback Brandon Carr. In addition to Carr, linebacker Anthony Adams and defensive lineman Dan Shuta were each named All-American. The Lakers held opponents to 14.5 points per game while only surrendering an average of 300 yards of total offense per game. GVSU also had nine players combine for 20 interceptions.

In 2006, Grand Valley State held its opponents to seven-points or less five times, including a shutout in the season finale. The Lakers led the nation in quarterback sacks (3.53 per game), while ranking fifth in turnovers gained (37) en route to its second-straight national title. During the 2005 campaign, GVSU led the nation in pass efficiency defense (83.6 rating), ranked third in scoring defense (12.2 points per game), fifth in total defense (254.6 yards per game) and seventh against the rush (88.3 yards per game) holding eight of its 15 opponents under 100 yards rushing.

Prior to making the move to GVSU, Pawlowski spent one season each at Ashland University and Allegheny College. As the defensive coordinator, Ashland ranked in the top five of six different GLIAC defensive categories including four of which the Eagles ranked second. At Allegheny, he again served as an offensive line coach, while also working with the special teams.

His most extensive stop was at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., where he coached from 1985 through 1998. In 13 seasons, Pawlowski built a nationally-ranked defense as the Huskies ranked among the nation's top 10 in defense six times during his tenure. SCSU led the North Central Conference (NCC) in total defense five times and ranked second once from 1987-92, while also posting three NCC defensive MVPs.

In 1999, Pawlowski left St. Cloud State to coach the linebackers and special teams at Eastern Michigan for two seasons before leaving the college game for a pair of years at Stow High School in Stow, Ohio. He rejoined the collegiate ranks in 2001 as the defensive coordinator at Marietta College, a Division III member of the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Pawlowski's collegiate coaching career spans the past 30 years, beginning at Eastern Montana College in 1977. One year later, he coached the offensive line at Montana State in Billings before switching sides of the ball beginning in 1979 where he spent the next six seasons as the defensive secondary and linebacker coach at Ohio University/

Pawlowski earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Montana State University and completed his Master's of Science at St. Cloud State University.

A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Pawlowski and his wife, Vonee, have three children: Tara, Kori and Tommy.

Pawlowski Timeline
2008-11 – Western Carolina, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2004-07 – Grand Valley State, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs (06-07)/Linebackers (04-05)
2003 – Ashland, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2002 - Allegheny College, Offensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator
2001 - Marietta College, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2000 – Stow High School, Offensive Line/Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator
1999 – Eastern Michigan, Linebackers
1985-98 – St. Cloud, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
1979-84 – Ohio University, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers (1984)/ Secondary (81-83)/Linebackers (79-80)
1978 – Montana State Billings, Offensive Line