Syracuse Football: Dino Babers finalizes his 2020 coaching staff

Dino Babers has put the final touches on his Syracuse football coaching staff for the 2020 season. Here are the full details and what it all means.

There’s been a lot of news on the Syracuse football coaching staff over the last several months and finally, we have some clarity.

On Tuesday morning Dino Babers through a press release announced that his staff has been finalized ahead of the 2020 Syracuse football season.

There’s going to be a lot of change on the hill next season, Dino hired three new assistant coaches and retained seven members of his staff from last season, per the press release.

Dino made two coordinator hires in Sterlin Gilbert (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach) and Tony White (defensive coordinator).

Gilbert brings in some Texas roots from a recruiting perspective. While Tony has ties to the California area and both have already paid immediate dividends.

In addition to the coordinator hires, the Orange also reshuffled the deck with the rest of the staff.

Mike Cavanaugh was retained as the offensive line coach, despite the team’s struggles in 2019. Reno Ferri will maintain his role as the tight ends and inside receivers coach. Justin Lustig will remain the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and outside receivers coach.

Mike Lynch who previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2019 will now solely coach the running backs.

Here’s a look at the defensive side of the ball:

Three of the four assistants were retained with the same titles they held the previous season: Nick Monroe (safeties/nickelbacks), Vinson Reynolds (defensive line), and Steve Stanard (linebackers).

The only new addition was Chip West who will now coach the cornerbacks for the Orange. West has over 20 years of coaching experience and is another award-winning recruiter. Last year he coached the cornerbacks for Marshall in 2019.

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“Syracuse’s 10 assistant coaches have combined to coach in 59 bowl games and send dozens of players to the NFL. Additionally, Stanard and West have both won FCS national championships in their careers. Stanard has two rings (2012, 2013) from his time as linebackers coach at North Dakota State, while West was the defensive backs coach James Madison in 2004 when the Dukes won their first title,” per the official press release.

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