Riley announces hiring of four assistant coaches

Riley announces hiring of four assistant coaches

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Nebraska football coach Mike Riley announced the official hiring of four assistant coaches Thursday.

Defensive assistants Mark Banker and Trent Bray, offensive assistant Mike Cavanaugh and special teams coach Bruce Read will follow Riley from Oregon State. Banker, Bay and Cavanaugh had been reported previously as likely members of Riley's staff at NU. Read was mentioned as a possibility, as well.

Banker was not given a coordinator designation in the news release, although four Nebraska recruits have referred to Banker as the team's new defensive coordinator.

Bray was Riley's linebackers coach at Oregon State, and Cavanaugh coached the offensive line this past season. Neither has been assigned to a position at this point.

Among the four, only Read has been given a title.

"I am excited to have the first pieces in place regarding our staffing," Riley said. "I'm very excited about the coaches that are on board right now. I've worked with them and trust them and know the kind of work they do. They are excited to represent the University of Nebraska and our football program, and we are fortunate to have them on staff."

The staff members Riley named Thursday have a combined 97 years of coaching experience, including 45 years with Riley.

Banker has been working with Riley for 18 seasons, including 14 at Oregon State as defensive coordinator.

"I'm very excited to join the University of Nebraska family, and be a part of a football program with such an extensive tradition of excellence on the football field and in the classroom," Banker said. "Specifically as a defensive coach, it is an honor to be a part of the Blackshirts, and I look forward to helping continue that tradition."

Read has been with Riley since 2009, his third stint at Oregon State. The OSU special teams have achieved numerous school records under Read’s direction, including James Rodgers becoming the school’s career all-purpose yardage leader in 2011, partially fueled by 2,385 career return yards.

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