Furman University again has a complete football staff with a new tight ends coach hired and promotions for some incumbent assistant coaches, including Brian Bratton – a member of FootballScoop's inaugural Minority Coaches Watch List.
To again get his coaching roster full, Clay Hendrix tapped Nick Verna from University of Charleston (W. Va.) as the Paladins' tight ends coach.
Verna had spent the previous three seasons at Charleston and coached wideouts for the program in the 2021 spring campaign.
An Akron graduate who spent four years on staff with the Zips in various graduate assistant and similar roles, Verna saw Charleston wideout Michael Strachan drafted this year by the NFL's Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round – the program's first-ever NFL Draft pick.
A former Furman standout who starred in the Canadian Football League and has earned opportunities with the NFL's Minority Internship program, Bratton has added the role of passing game coordinator to his wide receivers' coaching duties.
That leaves Chad Byers with a promotion to become Furman's special teams coordinator, filling the role recently held by Bratton.
"Brian Bratton has been a terrific coach, staff member, recruiter, and mentor to our players," Hendrix said in a Furman statement. "This promotion and new role will allow us to fully utilize his strengths as we continue to build our program.
“He did a great job in coordinating our special teams, and we will still use his experience to a degree in that area.”
Dru Duke was earlier promoted to offensive line coach for the Paladins when Pete Lusk elected to exit college coaching and enter law school.
"Go Cats" - in honor of Catamount man / Pickins
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” —Thomas Jefferson
Furman University Director of Athletics Jason Donnelly announced today that football coach Clay Hendrix has received a contract extension. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
Coach Bell better watch out. Furman will fake a bunch of injuries to slow down his offense. I was at the game 3 or 4 years ago when it rained like heck all game. They faked 42 injuries and that is not an exaggerations and the refs let them get by with it. It was really 42. That shows you the character of Mister Hendrix or lack there of…
Western was running the hurry up so Furman could not sub so that we could get their defenders tired and he just told his players to fake injuries all day. Players would get up and then lay back down. There should be a penalty for that.