Skip Holtz Puts Finishing Touches on Coaching Staff

February 22, 2010
J. Meric

TAMPA - University of South Florida head coach Skip Holtz announced the completion of his coaching staff with the addition of Steve Shankweiler on Monday afternoon.

Shankweiler will oversee the Bulls' offensive line, as he did for the previous five seasons with Holtz at ECU.

The rest of the coaching staff will take on the following roles:

Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers: Mark Snyder
Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs: Rick Smith
Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends: Vernon Hargreaves
Defensive Tackles: Kevin Patrick
Defensive Graduate Assistant: J.R. Reed

Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs: Todd Fitch
Quarterbacks: Peter Vaas
Offensive Line: Steve Shankweiler
Tight Ends: Larry Scott
Wide Receivers: Phil McGeoghan
Offensive Graduate Assistant: Steve Bird

Former USF running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Franks will be retained on the USF staff, but in an administrative role that is yet to be defined.

Success has been synonymous with Shankweiler, who was a part of seven bowl appearances during three separate coaching stints at ECU, which included the Pirates' magical run in 1991 that resulted in a Peach Bowl win over N.C. State and the revitalization of the program that included a Bowl showing in 2006, a victory over No. 24 Boise State in the 2007 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl and representing Conference USA as 2008 league champions in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

His third appointment at East Carolina followed a pair of earlier tenures under head coaches Art Baker and Bill Lewis (1987-1991), and Steve Logan (1998-2002).

After being named offensive line coach by Skip Holtz, Shankweiler was quickly elevated to the position of offensive coordinator at ECU.

In 2005, he guided a unit that passed for 2,816 yards, which ranked as the highest total in nearly 10 years (1996) and fourth-best all-time. In addition, Shankweiler coordinated an offense that averaged 393.5 total yards per game, a mark which stands among the school's top 10 in history, and was directly responsible for the successful conversion of former tight end Guy Whimper into a fourth-round draft choice of the New York Giants as a tackle.

Shankweiler followed with another stellar performance a year later, coordinating a unit that set a new school single-season record for first downs (264) while turning in the school's third-best passing mark (3,024 yards) and sixth-best total offense tally (4,526) in the program's annals. Perhaps more impressive was that the success came behind a line he developed and tutored which featured just one senior and two full-time rookie starters who both earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman squads (media and coaches).

The Pirates' rushing attack, which ranked among the nation's top 35 with a 182.9 yards-per-game average, was perhaps the primary beneficiary of what college football experts and media members cited was one of Shankweiler's best coaching efforts. Four of ECU's five starting linemen, including one freshman, earned post-season accolades from Conference USA after creating running room for Chris Johnson that allowed the senior to turn in the program's first single-season 1,000-yard performance in four years.

In addition, he helped coordinate an offensive unit that set a pair of single-season scoring records as the Pirates tallied 52 touchdowns and rang up 403 points - surpassing the previous standard that was set in 1979.

Shankweiler followed up by developing former guard Sean Allen into an all-conference performer at the center position in 2008. Furthermore, he successfully juggled personnel around a deficiency at the left tackle spot after a pair of knee injuries limited senior starter Stanley Bryant to only six games.

His line's play was a critical element in allowing Patrick Pinkney to complete 41-of-51 passes (80.4 percent) in season-opening victories against nationally-ranked opponents Virginia Tech and West Virginia. In addition, Shankweiler's unit also served a key role in the Pirates' ball-control philosophy in the second half of the campaign after injuries and other hurdles knocked five starters out of the lineup after a 3-3 start.

Prior to his arrival at ECU, Shankweiler served as offensive line coach at South Carolina in 2004 after spending the previous season in the same capacity at the University of Cincinnati.

After Shankweiler joined the ECU staff in 1998 as offensive line coach, he immediately helped the Pirates to three consecutive winning seasons and bowl appearances in 1999 (Mobile Alabama Bowl), 2000 ( Bowl) and 2001 (GMAC Bowl). He coached a pair of first-team All-Conference USA performers in center Sherwin Lacewell (1999-2000) and tackle Brian Rimpf (2001-2002), who later went on to earn a Senior Bowl invitation and was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Prior to a pair of high school head coaching positions in the state of Georgia from 1995 to 1997, Shankweiler was Lewis' offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech for three seasons beginning in 1992, where he guided the Yellow Jackets' to their second-highest rated offense in school history.

Shankweiler first joined the East Carolina program in 1987 as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, and played a key role in one of the most successful seasons in Pirate history in 1991. After falling to Illinois 38-31 in the opener, ECU ran off 11 consecutive wins and capped the campaign with a 37-34 win against North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl to earn a final No. 9 national rank.

Shankweiler began his collegiate coaching career at The Citadel in 1980, leading the Bulldogs to atop Southern Conference rankings in total defense and passing offense as defensive and offensive line coach before moving on to accept the offensive coordinator's position at Western Kentucky in 1984.

A seven-time football and track letterman at Davidson, Shankweiler earned All-SoCon honors and served as captain of the Wildcats' track program in 1974.

Shankweiler earned a bachelor's degree in history from Davidson in 1974 before following with a master's degree in physical education and education administration from Georgia State in 1980.

Shankweiler, 57, and wife Patti are the parents of two daughters (Lori and Jennifer) and one son (Kort, a former fullback at ECU).

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