Thursday, February 10, 2011

Enos adds Reynolds as defensive line coach

By Anthony Fenech, Senior Reporter || February 10, 2011

The Chippewas have a new defensive line coach.

Just three weeks after former defensive line coach Tim Daoust left the program for an assistant coaching position at Syracuse, head coach Dan Enos has picked Vinson Reynolds to fill the position.

“Vinson brings an outstanding knowledge of the game to his role, not to mention a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” Enos said.

Reynolds was most recently coaching defensive lineman at Central Oklahoma, where he worked with a pair of All-Lone Star Conference honorable mention lineman in his only season with the Bronchos.

Before the 2010 season at Central Oklahoma, Reynolds worked as a quality control assistant with a focus on the defensive line at Oklahoma State during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

During his time in Stillwater, Okla., Reynolds worked with teams that posted back-to-back 9-4 records and appeared in the Holiday and Cotton Bowls.
Prior to Oklahoma State, he spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at Division-III Wisconsin-Plateville.

Reynolds was a standout defensive end at Northern Illinois and attended St. Martin de Porres High School in Detroit.

“He’s no stranger to the MAC or the state of Michigan, having played in college at Northern Illinois University and in high school in the city of Detroit,” Enos said.

Reynolds earned four varsity letters at NIU and was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2003.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northern Illinois in 2004, and he earned a master’s degree in adult education from Wisconsin-Platteville in 2007.

Daoust left the program in mid-January, leaving Enos without a defensive line coach on signing day, Feb. 2. Despite being without Daoust, Enos was able to secure commitments from three defensive linemen. During a news conference with media, he admitted that being without a coach for the position worried him, but was confident in the players that signed with the Chippewas.

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