South Carolina adds more assistants to coaching staff
Will Muschamp had already assembled a coaching staff with deeply-rooted SEC ties.
He just added more.
UGA interim coach and former wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon and former Missouri receivers coach Pat Washington were added to the Gamecocks coaching staff, the university announced on Wednesday.
The program also retained Jamie Speronis as the associate athletics director in charge of football operations.
McClendon, who will coach UGA in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Penn State, will serve as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
McClendon, a UGA alum, has filled a variety of roles in Athens, Ga., under former coach Mark Richt, including assistant head coach and passing game coordinator. He also was the team’s running backs coach from 2009-14 and the recruiting coordinator in 2014-15.
“Bryan is an up-and-comer in the coaching profession,” said Muschamp. “It says a lot about his abilities as a coach to be named the interim head coach for the Bulldogs in their bowl game.”
Washington boasts 28 years of coaching experience, including 18 in the SEC.
Washington spent 11 seasons as a wide receivers coach at Tennessee, including the undefeated 1998 season, which culminated in a national championship. He last coached receivers in Missouri in 2013.
“Pat brings a wealth of experience in the SEC,” said Muschamp. “He will bring a lot of intangibles to our coaching staff.”
Speronis spent the last 11 years directing South Carolina’s football operations. He was the director of ops for seven years before being promoted to the associate athletics director in 2012 under former coach Steve Spurrier.
“Jamie did a great job with Coach Spurrier,” said Muschamp. “I’m looking forward to working with him with South Carolina Football.”