USF coach Skip Holtz announced the completion of his coaching staff after hiring of offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler Monday afternoon.

Shankweiler, who was Holtz’ offensive coordinator for five years at East Carolina, joins quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas, offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Rick Smith, and special teams coordinator/defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves as new USF coaches.

Shankweiler, 57, has been a part of seven bowl appearances during three separate coaching stints at ECU, coaching the 2005 unit to 2,816 passing yards, which was the most at East Carolina since 1996.

In 2006, the ECU offense set a record for first downs (246) in a season while gaining 3,024 passing yards, the third-best season total in school history.

Smith, Hargreaves, Vaas, and Fitch also coached with Holtz at East Carolina.

Holtz, hired on Jan. 14, retained wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, defense graduate assistant J.R. Reed, tight ends coach Larry Scott, and offensive graduate assistant Kevin Bird from former coach Jim Leavitt’s staff.

Former offensive coordinator Mike Canales and former defensive coordinator Joe Tresey weren’t retained by Holtz.  Canales was hired as offensive coordinator at North Texas.

Former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Franks, who served as USF’s interim head coach after Leavitt’s firing, will remain with the program, but in an administrative role yet to be determined.

-PN

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