Dan Lanning promoting multiple Oregon staffers, per report
Dan Lanning is reportedly promoting multiple Oregon staffers.
Matt Zenitz of 247Sports reports that co-defensive coordinator Chris Hampton will have his position coaching role expanded from working with safeties to all defensive backs. Hampton already holds the title of co-defensive coordinator.
Hampton’s promotion follows the departure of Demtrice Martin to Michigan State. Per Zenitz, Hampton turned down multiple defensive coordinator offers from Power 5 programs to remain with the Ducks.
While there isn’t a current indication of how the open on-field spot will be filled, Zenitz adds that more promotions are expected. The 247Sports insider also posted that analyst Brian Michalowski and grad assistant Rashad Wadood are expected to be elevated to bigger roles for 2024.
The staff moves should not come as a surprise, considering Lanning’s coaching mentors. While Nick Saban did not invent the idea of a football support staff, one could argue that Saban perfected the practice of building a deep roster of coaching talent and promoting from within.
Once upon a time, Lanning himself was a graduate assistant on Saban’s Alabama staff. He made an impression on Saban (and then-Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart) during the 2015 season at UA. In fact, Saban mused in October that Smart beat him to hiring Lanning back to an on-field role ahead of the 2018 season.
Lanning was a Memphis assistant in between his GA stint at Alabama and on-field role on Smart’s Georgia staff. He presumably picked up on what to look for when building a program’s support staff while working with the legendary coaches.