A week ago, UConn announced that defensive coordinator Billy Crocker was not going to be retained following multiple record setting numbers that gave the 2018 Huskies defense the monikor for the worst defense in modern-day college football history. Along with Crocker, it was announced that defensive backs coach Curome Cox, director of football strength & conditioning Eric Klein and assistant strength & conditioning coordinator J.D. Mehlhorn were also not being retained. Since that time, there has been a lot of speculation with who would fill those two roles moving forward.
If history is any indication, head coach Randy Edsall will bring someone in that is close to him, who he’s worked with previously either here at UConn, in Maryland or in the NFL. Shortly after the announcement, I speculated that UConn fans should look to Towson for the next hires given their familiarity with not just Edsall, but UConn as well.
Johnson, of course, was a member of Edsall’s staff in Storrs beginning in 1999, noted with many recruiting wins throughout his time with the Huskies, including QB Dan Orlovsky and RB Donald Brown. Today, it became known that Towson is indeed in search of two new coaches on their football staff. First is at defensive coordinator, who former UConn offensive coordinator (under Edsall) and current Towson head coach Rob Ambrose promoted Lyndon Johnson to, prior to the 2017 season.
The second, is a job posting for a new defensive backs coach, currently held by Scott Lakatos, who was also a member of Edsall’s staff in Storrs, beginning in 2004. Lakatos was hired away by the Georgia Bulldogs and head coach Mark Richt following the Huskies win over South Carolina in Birmingham, which closed the 2009 season. Both jobs can be viewed on the Towson University job board.
NOTE: UConn has not confirmed the hiring of either Lyndon Johnson or Scott Lakatos.
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