Follow Head Coach Terry Bowden's Staff Hires:
Bowden Names Chuck Amato Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator (Jan. 3)
Bowden Adds NFL Veteran Terrell Buckley to Staff as Cornerbacks Coach (Jan. 6)
AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron head football coach Terry Bowden announced on Wednesday the addition of nine people to his staff, including seven assistant coaches, a director of operations and a strength and conditioning coach. Each hire is pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.
The list of assistant coaches include Alan Arrington (offensive line), Jeff Bowden (special teams coordinator/outside receivers), Trent Boykin (running backs), A.J. Milwee (quarterbacks), John Pont (recruiting coordinator/inside receivers), Todd Stroud (defensive line) and Mike Woodford (safeties).
Added to the staff as director of operations was Ben Murphy, while John Grieco has come on as the program's strength and conditioning coach.
Bowden, who was named as the Zips' 27th all-time coach on Dec. 22 following three seasons as head coach at North Alabama, named Chuck Amato as associate head coach and defensive coordinator on Jan. 3 and Terrell Buckley as cornerbacks coach on Jan. 6.
"I'm excited about the staff we've putting together," Bowden said. "There's a lot of experience in this group and many of them have worked with one another before, so there's a lot of familiarity as well, which is important."
Alan Arrington (Mississippi, 1994):
Arrington comes to Akron after six seasons at North Alabama, serving as the program's offensive coordinator for the last four seasons and working under Terry Bowden each of the last three years. He also worked with the Lions' offensive line and helped the squad to a 62-14 mark during that six-year span as well as an appearance in the Division II playoffs each season. Arrington joined the UNA staff following 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He is a native of Oxford, Miss., and is married to the former Gail Perkins.
Jeff Bowden (Florida State, 1983):
The younger brother of Terry Bowden, Jeff boasts over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the previous three seasons as associate head coach at North Alabama with his brother. Prior to his time at UNA, Jeff spent 13 years (1994-2006) on the staff at Florida State, working under his father, legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Jeff was the Seminoles' offensive coordinator from 2001-06 and from 1994-2000 worked with the wide receivers. In his 13 seasons at FSU, the program competed in a bowl game each year, tallied nine conference titles and one national championship. Jeff played wide receiver at FSU from 1980-83. He and his wife, Cindy, have five children.
Trent Boykin (Youngstown State, 1995):
Boykin spent the 2011 season as running backs coach at Wayne State, helping the Warriors to a 12-win season and the program's first-ever appearance in the Division-II national championship game. Under Boykin's tutelage, Wayne State had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time in school history. Boykin spent the 2010 campaign as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lambuth University and was the head coach for two seasons (2008 and 2009) at Lane College. He began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Akron (1996-1997) and served one year at Boston College (1998) as an offensive graduate assistant before coaching the wide receivers at Tiffin for one season (1999). He has an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State and earned four varsity letters in football and played on three Division I-AA National Championship teams for the Penguins. He also played one year in the Arena Football League after originally signing with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton TigerCats.
A.J. Milwee (North Alabama, 2009):
Milwee, a record-setting signal caller at North Alabama, comes to Akron after one year on staff at East Mississippi Community College. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons on Terry Bowden's staff at UNA as a graduate assistant that worked with the quarterbacks. In that time on the Lions staff the program went a combined 20-6, made back-to-back playoff appearances and were 2009 Gulf South Conference champions. Having compiled a 33-5 mark as UNA's QB during the 2006-08 seasons, Milwee set all-time school records for career passing yards (8,436), pass completions (677), passing attempts (1,030), touchdown passes (73) and total offense yards (9,401). He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and is a member of the program's all-decade team (1999-2008). Milwee spent his freshman year of eligibility as a member of the Alabama football team. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance from North Alabama.
John Pont (Miami [Ohio], 2007):
Pont spent last season on staff at fellow Mid-American Conference institution Miami (Ohio), serving as defensive intern. He began his coaching career at Florida State, where he was Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher's offensive graduate student assistant from 2008-09, and completed a master's degree in sport administration during that time. Pont, who has an undergraduate degree from Miami, was wide receivers and tight ends coach at North Alabama for Terry Bowden in 2009, before a brief stop at North Texas and move to Colorado State in 2010 to be an offensive quality control coach. He returned to North Alabama for a short time in 2011, just prior to his post at Miami. Pont's grandfather, John, is a member of Miami's famed Cradle of Coaches and also served as head coach at Yale, Northwestern and Indiana. Pont is married to the former Tera Bowden, Terry's daughter.
Todd Stroud (Florida State, 1985):
Stroud spent the previous two seasons at Colorado State where he coached the defensive line in 2011 and served as tight ends/fullbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010. He arrived at CSU after three seasons (2007-09) as head coach for strength and conditioning at his alma mater Florida State, and was assistant head coach/defensive line coach at North Carolina State from 2004-07, working under then Wolfpack head coach and current Akron associate head coach/defensive coordinator, Chuck Amato. Stroud served as strength and conditioning coach at Memphis (1997-99), Auburn (1993) and Samford (1987-93). He was head coach at West Alabama (1994-96) and coached the defensive line at Samford (1987-93) and at UCF (1986). Stroud has a undergraduate degree from Florida State and a graduate degree from Alabama-Birmingham. He played nose guard for the Seminoles from 1983-85 and was captain of the 1985 squad. Stroud and his wife, Marianne, have three daughters and one son.
Mike Woodford (Arizona, 1982):
Woodford joins the Akron staff after spending the 2011 season at New Mexico following a three-year stint at Illinois (2007-09). He coached the Lobos secondary, and was the Illini's special teams coordinator and worked closely with the defensive backs. After one year (2001) with the NFL's New Orleans Saints as a defensive assistant, he served as defensive backs and special teams coach at Florida (2002-03) and oversaw the defensive backs at Middle Tennessee from 1999-2000. Woodford, a native of Niles, Ohio, was the defensive ends coach at Akron from 1986-90 with coach Gerry Faust (Terry Bowden was on the UA staff in '86) and was defensive coordinator at nearby Walsh University from 1994-98. He has an undergraduate degree from Arizona and played safety for the Wildcats from 1978-81. Woodford has two daughters.
Ben Murphy (Florida State, 2007):
Murphy served as Terry Bowden's director of football operations each of the last three seasons at North Alabama, after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State from 2007-09. While at FSU, he was heavily involved in the program's recruiting effort and helped achieve top-10 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009. He also worked as an intern in the Florida State sports information department from 2005-07. He has an undergraduate degree in sports management and a graduate degree in sports administration, both from Florida State.
John Grieco (Florida, 1995):
Greico, named the 2009 strength and conditioning coach of the year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, comes to Akron after two seasons as head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana-Monroe. A 1995 graduate of Florida, he worked at his alma mater from 1995-2003 as a strength and conditioning assistant, before stints on the strength and conditioning staff at East Carolina (2004-05) and UNLV (2006-09). In his time on staff at Florida, the Gators went to eight bowl games and claimed the 1996 national championship. He and his wife, Jaime, have one son and one daughter.