Meet the Western Carolina coaching staff

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Football

Who will be calling the shots on the sidelines and leading the Catamounts? Let’s meet the Western Carolina coaching staff to get to know who is roaming the sidelines, trying to best Coach Taggart and his staff.

Head Coach Mark Speir – Speir is entering his third year as the head coach of the Catamounts, bringing an overall record of 3-20 to the field. Before taking the helm at Western Carolina, he was an assistant coach focusing on defense and recruiting for Appalachian State from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he was an assistant at Elon and even served as a graduate assistant at Western Carolina back in 1991 till 1996. The Clemson grad and native of North Carolina, Speir is the 13th coach of Western Carolina and continues to try to turn around one of the worst FCS programs in the past decade.

Offensive coordinator/QB coach – Brad Glenn – Glenn enters his third season as the offensive coordinator for the Catamounts and brings a spread/read option offense, allowing the quarterbacks to create on the field and cause headaches for the opposing defenses. Before coming to Western Carolina, Glenn spent the past 7 years as an assistant coach at Appalachian State with Speir. The spread offense will be very tough to deal with due to the various options it can bring to the field. The USF defense will have to be careful with what Western Carolina can bring to the field (think McNeese State and the different looks they brought)

Defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Shawn Quinn – Quinn is entering his second season as the coordinator after serving as the DC at Charleston Southern before (known for a strong pass defense). Before that, Quinn was on the coaching staff of Northwestern State and Georgia Southern. He was part of Phillip Fulmer’s staff while at Tennessee and spent time at Louisiana-Lafayette. He brings a 4-3 base defense and returns 8 starters from his 2013 squad and will challenge the Bulls as they look to rebound in the second year under Coach Taggart. USF offensive line has to dominate this game in order for success.


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