Matt Rhule announces six Nebraska football coaching hires

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule has begun putting the pieces together.

Rhule announced six new members of the Husker football coaching staff in a press release on Thursday, less than a week after being named head coach.

“This group of coaches will be great representatives of the University of Nebraska and are ready to play a key role in building our program,” Rhule said in the release. “These are high-energy men with great passion for coaching and teaching, who have a history of developing outstanding college players and preparing them for the next level. This is a group that will relate well to prospective student-athletes from all parts of the country and sell Nebraska Football.”

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Offensive Coordinator – Marcus Satterfield

Satterfield spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at South Carolina, which just secured wins over Tennessee and Clemson in 2022.

In those two wins over ranked teams, the Gamecocks’ offense put up a total of 94 points and 1,008 yards.

He has 24 years of experience, which includes seasons working under Rhule at Temple, Baylor and the Carolina Panthers.

Running backs – E.J. Barthel

Barthel was the running backs coach at UConn this season, where he helped the Huskies average almost 200 rushing yards per game.

The press release calls Barthel an “accomplished recruiter” who has strong ties to the East Coast.

In 2017, Barthel helped bring a top-six recruiting class to Penn State during his time in a recruiting role at the school.

Barthel was a member of Rhule’s staffs at Temple and the Carolina Panthers.

Defensive Line – Terrance Knighton

Knighton was the assistant defensive line coach with the Panthers for the last two seasons.

The former NFL player has four years of coaching experience, which includes two years at Wagner in 2019 and 2020.

Knighton played in more than 100 games during his seven-year career in the NFL.

Secondary – Evan Cooper

At Temple, Cooper played when Rhule was an assistant coach.  And since then, Cooper has been a member of Rhule’s coaching staff.

Cooper, who served as an assistant coach with the Carolina Panthers, was also the team’s director of player evaluation for three seasons.

Cooper also has a history of recruiting, with experience as a recruiting coordinator at Baylor in 2019.

He helped the Bears secure three consecutive top-35 recruiting classes.

Special Teams Coordinator – Ed Foley

Nebraska’s new special teams coordinator has three decades of coaching experience under his belt.  He has been a part of Rhule’s coaching staff for eight seasons.

The press release said Foley has strong recruiting ties to the Northeast.

Foley has spent the last three seasons as an assistant special teams coach with the Panthers.

His special teams have been ranked in the top 25 nationally four times in his last five seasons at the collegiate level, according to the release.

Strength and Conditioning – Corey Campbell

Campbell served as the Panthers’ assistant strength coach for the last two seasons.

He also spent time with Rhule at Baylor in 2017 in the same role.

Before moving to Carolina, Campbell was promoted to director of athletic performance at Baylor.

Campbell has also spent time at Purdue and Cincinnati.

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