Ithaca, NY (Sports Network) - The staff of first-year Cornell football coach
David Archer is taking shape, including the hiring of Jared Backus as defensive
coordinator and Jason Houghtaling as offensive coordinator.
Backus spent the last three seasons in the Ivy League as defensive coordinator
and linebackers coach at Princeton. Houghtaling arrived at Cornell from Wagner,
where he was the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator the last two
Other hirings to the staff were Shane Hurd (assistant head coach and
quarterbacks), Greg Jones (secondary) and Mike Neuberger (running backs and
In addition, assistant coaches Travis Burkett (assistant head coach and
defensive line), Emani Fenton (recruiting coordinator and inside linebackers)
and David Hanna (special teams coordinator and wide receivers) were retained to
the staff, while longtime assistant Pete DeStefano was named the director of
player personnel, alumni, community and career program.
Archer, a former Cornell player and assistant coach, has taken over a team that
finished 4-6 last season.
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