With Willie Fritz set to embark on his first spring practice at Tulane, the first-year head coach has officially put the finishing touches on his first FBS coaching staff.
Sunday, Tulane announced in a press release that four on-field coaches have been hired by Fritz — Slade Nagle, Jamaal Fobbs, Jeff Conway and Chris Hampton. Nagle will coach tight ends, Fobbs will be the running backs coach, Conway will oversee the wide receivers and Hampton will coach defensive backs.
Three of the four assistants come to the Green Wave from the FCS level. The fourth, Conway, was the co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach/tight ends coach at Texas State for the last four years. Fritz and Conway also have a rather extensive connection that stretches back over three decades.
From the school’s release:
Fritz and Conway have a storied history together that dates back to 1984 when both were in their first stints at Sam Houston State. Since then, the two have worked together at Blinn Junior College, Central Missouri, a second time at Sam Houston State and will reunite at Tulane for the fifth time over the last 31 years.
Fritz was the head coach at Georgia Southern the last two seasons, guiding the Eagles to a 17-7 mark in 2014-15. Those were that program’s first two seasons at the FBS level.