FB North Texas Has Three Coaching Spots to Fill

Offensive Line Coach Brad Davis leaves North Texas to coach for the same position at Florida. There have been no rumors of who his replacement will be at the moment.

Co-Defensive Coordinator Coach Mike Ekeler is headed to North Carolina for the same position. It is believed that Troy Reffett will take over to become the sole Defensive Coordinator role vacated by the departing Ekeler. There are some solid rumors that Jeff Koons from Cincinnati will take over to coach Linebackers for North Texas.

Previously, Tommy Perry was the Special Teams Coordinator and Running Backs Coach and was replaced with Marty Biagi from Notre Dame. It’s not known who will take over coaching the Running Backs at this point. One possibility is Seth Littrell takes over the Running Backs coaching since he was a fullback for the Oklahoma Sooners and has coached that position for several programs. I have Littrell down as the Tight Ends coach but with the current offensive scheme North Texas utilizes, the TE position is not widely used.

UPDATED: Derrick LeBlanc, Defensive Line Coach, is leaving to coach in the same capacity for Kentucky.

Here is what the current staff looks like for the 2017 Season:


  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Graham Harrel (Washington State)
  • Tight Ends – Seth Littrell (North Carolina)
  • Outside Wide Receivers – Joel Filani (Washington State)
  • Associate Head Coach/Inside Receivers – Tommy Mainord (Kentucky)
  • Running Backs – Unknown/Open?
  • Offensive Line – Open


  • Defensive Coordinator/Safeties/Assistant Head Coach – Troy Reffett (Memphis)
  • Linebackers – Jeff Koonz (Cincinnati) [Unconfirmed but rumored by Football Scoop]
  • Defensive Line – Open
  • Cornerbacks – Nate Brown (Louisiana Monroe)

Special Teams & Support Staff

  • Special Teams – Marty Biagi (Notre Dame)
  • Strength and Conditioning – Zack Womack (North Carolina)
  • Assistant Athletic Director of Football Operations – Shane Elder (UTSA)
  • Director of Recruiting – David Stenklyft (Fresno State)
  • Director of  High School Relations – Scotty Conley (Texas A&M Commerce)
  • Quality Control – John David Baker (UTEP)
  • Graduate Assistant – Mason Y’Barbo (North Texas)
  • Defensive Graduate Assistant – Brandin Byrd (North Texas)
  • Offensive Graduate Assistant – Thomas Sheffield (Mary Hardin-Baylor) & Tim Burmeister (UW-Stevens Point)