Ex-UCLA Coach Dorrell Joins Derek Mason’s Staff At Vandy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell will serve as offensive coordinator on Derek Mason’s staff at Vanderbilt.
Mason announced on Friday the hirings of Dorrell as well as defensive coordinator David Kotulski, running backs/special teams coach Charles Bankins, receivers coach Gerry Gdowski, offensive line coach Keven Lightner, outside linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson and defensive line coach Vavae Tata.
Dorrell coached UCLA to a 35-27 record and five bowl invitations from 2003-07 before getting fired. He worked for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11 coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers. He spent the last two years as the Houston Texans quarterbacks coach.
Kotulski spent the last two years as an inside linebackers coach at Stanford, where Mason was working as defensive coordinator. Kotulski has worked as a defensive coordinator at Lehigh (2006-11), Holy Cross (2005), Utah State (2003-04), Bucknell (1995-2002) and Saint Mary’s (1990-94).
Gdowski has been co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio the last four years. Lightner has been Ohio’s offensive line coach for eight years.
Bankins is a holdover from the former Vanderbilt staff headed by James Franklin, who stepped down to take over Penn State’s program. Bankins worked as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach on Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff the last three years.
Thompson was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at San Jose State in 2013. He worked at California from 2007-12.
Tata was a defensive assistant at Stanford the last two years.
Mason, who was introduced as Vanderbilt’s coach on Saturday, still must fill two more spots on his staff.
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