Monday, July 2, 2012

Charlotte 49ers complete football staff

Charlotte 49ers football coach Brad Lambert rounded out his staff with the hires of four assistants Monday.

Drew Dayton (inside linebackers), Damien Gary (running backs), Johnson Richardson (tight ends) and John Russell (secondary assistant) will join Lambert's now 10-man staff. The 49ers will play their first season of football in 2013.

"This group fits in with the staff that's in place from a character standpoint, a recruiting standpoint and how we treat our players," Lambert said in a statement. "We couldn't be more excited about bringing them in. They will bring a great intensity level that will be good for us both on and off the field. The important thing that really came through in the process is that they are really fired up to be here and excited about Charlotte starting football."

Dayton, a former Wake Forest defensive back, has been Duke's defensive quality control coordinator. He was also a graduate assistant for the Blue Devils and was an assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne from 2003-06.

Gary is Georgia's all-time leading punt returner in returns (114) and yards (1,253) and played on the Bulldogs' 2002 Sugar Bowl-winning team. He's been Mars Hill's receivers coach the past two years and was an assistant at Clarke Central (Athens, Ga.) High from 2005-10. He was a college teammate of 49ers assistant Joe Tereshinski when Lambert was an assistant at Georgia.

Richardson, grandson of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson , is a former Wofford tight end who has been an assistant at Wingate since 2010. He's also a former sideline and equipment assistant for the Panthers.

Russell, a former Wake Forest linebacker, was one of the top linebackers in the ACC and helped the Deacons to the 2006 league championship and a berth in the Orange Bowl. He was a graduate assistant at Duke last season.

The final four assistants join a staff that already includes offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen , defensive coordinator Bruce Tall , offensive line coach Phil Ratliff , secondary coach James Adams , linebackers coach Napolean Sykes and inside receivers coach Tereshinski.


49RFBN said...

So who's the D Line Coach?

Who's QB Coach?

Two Linebacker coaches and a Secondary "Assistant"?

Otherwise, good to see the staff fleshing out.


Anonymous said...

awesome news, go niners

Anonymous said...

That a lots of Deacons, great to see

Anonymous said...

Jerry Richardson's grandson - seriously - wonder how that interview process went - "Papaw said hire me or he's taking his money back" well done UNCC

Anonymous said...

Deacon, Wingate, and Duke backrounds -- great winning programs, way to go niners.

Anonymous said...

At this point, I'd take those pedigrees over one from the Carolina football program any day of the week! They can keep their tainted athletic and academic standards!

For a start-up FBS program, I think they have built their staff the right way. They’ve drawn talent from respectable schools in FCS, FBS, and BCS – Wingate, JMU, Wake, Marshall, Michigan, Navy. Remember, they arn’t exactly working with Alabama's budget here!

UNCC Laugher said...

Hey many wins does UNC Charlotte, or is it UNC Commuter, or little UNC, have again? You'll be lucky to beat Wingate or Duke for years, much less a team like Wake.

U know said...

The GREATEST thing about football being here, is all the new MENTALITY that is now flowing into to the AD. These people won't allow Judy's romper room tactics.


Not in Boone said...

Hey App St anon fans...never thought I would see the day of yall BEGGING to be in our football league ROFL.

Anonymous said...

Why does this guy keep calling them by the wrong name?

Its UNCC 49ers you moron.

btw Has Winthrop College grad and UNCC 49 AD Judy Rose renamed or attempted to rename her alumni
USC-Rockhill as the Rock Hill Eagles yet and why not?

What a lowlife hypocrite that mal-lingerer is. Shouldnt she be moving on or retiring or is she milking it as long as she can?

At least 90-95% of 100k UNCC grads are demanding a change back to UNCC 49ers according to recent reports from reliable sources.

Butch Davis said...

You can't win football games by hiring compentent young men with class and character.

Bruce said...

UNCC has a football program? Good to know. Bawhahahahaha!!!

panfan1 said...

To 7:40
Wouldn't call Wake little considering how well they have done under Grobe. Won ACC Championship & to BCS bowl game(Orange) in 06-07 season. Meineke Car Care Bowl winners the next year. Say again 7:40!!!!

Anonymous said...

UNCC got football under Judy Rose's tenure. Case closed.

Anonymous said...


The UNCC 49ers got football under Dr Philip Dubois a native of Oakland California.

case closed

Anonymous said...


The CFI is why we have football!!!
Mac Everett is why it will be successful!

Anonymous said...

last guy = truth

CFI + MacE = pigskin

not Judy Fantasy Rose

Anonymous said...


Rose didnt get *hitttttttttttt

Anonymous said...

University of (nc) Charlotte

Football first. New name second.