ODU football adds four assistants to complete coaching staff

Posted at 6:30 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 15:06:29-05

NORFOLK, Va. ( – Old Dominion University head football coach Bobby Wilder announced the addition of tight ends coach/run game coordinator Bryan Stinespring, defensive backs coach Galen Scott, outside linebackers coach Daric Riley and assistant recruiting coordinator Austin Shelton on Friday.

Galen Scott (Courtesy: Getty Images.)

“We are excited to welcome Bryan, Galen, Daric and Austin to our ODU family. All four bring a tremendous level of knowledge, passion and energy to our program,” Wilder said. “Coach Scott, Coach Riley and Coach Stinespring all have coordinator experience at previous schools they have worked. They have all coached in different schemes and are excellent recruiters.”

Stinespring spent the 2018 season as the offensive line coach at Maryland where the Terps finished third in the Big 10 and No. 17 in FBS in rushing yards per game.

He spent 26 seasons at Virginia Tech, serving a variety of positions including tight ends coach, offensive line, recruiting coordinator and as the offensive coordinator for 13 seasons. He helped Tech to top-20 rankings in rushing three times and top-20 in scoring three times.

In his time with Tech, the program won seven conference championships and advanced to 23 consecutive bowl games. The Hokies earned invitations to eight BCS bowl games, including the national championship game in the 1999 season.

Stinespring served as the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach from 2012-15 after an 11-year stint as offensive coordinator from 2002-12. He was primarily the team’s tight ends coach for his final 10 seasons (2006-15) in Blacksburg. He was also the recruiting coordinator from 1994-2001.

Brian Stinespring (Courtesy: Virginia Tech Athletics)

Prior to his elevation to offensive coordinator, Stinespring was assistant head coach for one season (2001). He managed the offensive line for eight years (1998-2005) and handled tight ends for the first time for five seasons (1993-97). After serving as a graduate assistant for two years, Stinespring was hired into his first full-time role under Beamer as director of sports programs in 1992.

Stinespring spent two seasons (2016-17) at James Madison, leading the Dukes to a 28-2 record and back-to-back appearances in the FCS national title game, including a national championship in 2016. After working his first season as the tight ends coach, he transitioned to offensive line coach in 2017. He additionally served as the team’s run-game coordinator. The Dukes ranked third nationally in first downs (325), ninth in completion percentage (64.9%), 15th in scoring offense (34.4), 22nd in pass efficiency (142.46 rating), 25th in rushing (194.3) and 30th in total offense (419.0) in 2017.

Stinespring graduated from James Madison in 1986 and was offensive lineman for the Dukes.

Scott joins ODU after coaching the defensive backs at Rowlett High School in Texas in 2018. Prior to that, he was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Virginia Tech for two seasons. Scott helped the Hokies to a pair of bowl games, including a 10-win season in 2016 that saw the Hokies win the ACC Coastal Division and defeat Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.

Before joining Virginia Tech, he spent six seasons at Memphis, coaching the linebackers before becoming the defensive coordinator in his final season. He helped the Tigers to three bowl games, including a share of the AAC Championship in 2014.

He spent two seasons at Tulsa as the outside linebackers and secondary coach, and prior to that coached eight years at his alma mater, Illinois State, including three seasons as the defensive coordinator. During that time, he coached five-straight conference defensive player of the year’s.

Scott was a three-time FCS All-American linebacker for the Redbirds and graduated as the school’s all-time leading tackler, before Boomer Grigsby, coached by Scott, broke the ISU record.

Riley comes to ODU after spending the 2018 season coaching the safeties at East Carolina. He coached sophomore Davondre Robinson to a 77 tackle season, finishing second on the team.

Daric Riley (Courtesy: ECU Athletics)

Prior to ECU, he was a special teams analyst for three years at SMU, and before that was the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach in 2014 at UAB. While with the Mustangs, Riley helped a unit which rated among the nation’s best in blocked kicks with statistical ranks of seventh, 23rd and 11th in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. He also was part of a SMU program which made a DXL Frisco Bowl appearance in 2017 before finishing with a 7-6 record.

In 2013, Riley was the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach for the No. 10 defense in FCS at Jacksonville State. In his lone season at JSU, the Gamecocks went 11-4 and advanced to the FCS quarterfinals.

Prior to that he spent two years at Newberry College (SC).

From 2007-10, Riley worked as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Clemson under head coaches Tommy Bowden and Dabo Swinney and experienced postseason appearances in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl as well as the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game.

Riley began his coaching career at his alma mater, Charleston Southern, as a defensive graduate assistant.  He was a four-year member of the CSU squad and was team captain as a senior.

Austin Shelton (Courtesy: ODU Athletics)

Shelton was ODU’s offensive quality control assistant this season, helping primarily with the quarterbacks.

He came to ODU after a three-year stint at Purdue as the football student-athlete development and operations graduate assistant.

Prior to that he was a recruiting at Arizona and started his career as an offensive quality control coach at Tennessee.

Shelton was a quarterback at Tennessee and graduated with a degree in sport management.