Buies Creek – Campbell head coach Mike Minter has announced promotions for four staff members.
Defensive coordinator Craig Cox has been elevated to assistant head coach, while Bryan Butterworth has been named defensive pass game coordinator and Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay was tabbed defensive run game coordinator. Duncan McLaurin was also elevated to special teams coordinator.
“Coach Cox has done a great job over the last three years, turning our defense from the lower tier of FCS into a top-five unit in the country,” said Minter. “It shows the attention to detail he has, and the ability to grow people. He has done so much for this program over his time here, and is someone I trust greatly.”
Cox recently completed his third season at CU, while Butterworth and Aughtry-Lindsay finished their first seasons on Minter’s staff in 2015, coaching defensive backs and linebackers. McLaurin is entering his sixth season at Campbell, and has guided the Camel tight ends unit for the last three years.
“Coach Butterworth has been around and what I like is the ability to play press man and be an aggressive secondary,” said Minter. “We feel good about being able to shut down the pass game with what he teaches.”
“Coach Aughtry-Lindsay was a coordinator before his time here, and what he has done with our linebackers in just a year has been unbelievable,” said Minter. “We had a top-10 run defense this season, and a lot of that can be attributed to him.”
“Coach McLaurin started as a quality control coach and has worked his way up,” said Minter. “It’s not easy for me to give up coordinating the special teams because that’s my baby. I always wanted that as a head coach. But I trust that he’ll do a great job with that. He did so much with special teams last year and he’ll expand that role now.”
The Camels ranked fifth in the nation in total defense in 2015 (279.3 per game), standing third in team sacks per game (3.55) and ninth in scoring defense (17.7). The team shattered program records for all three categories, adding single season marks for tackles for loss (85.0) and total sacks (38.0).
16 Camels were honored on the conference’s All-PFL teams. Junior running back De’Shawn Jones, redshirt senior defensive lineman Ugonna Awuruonye and senior defensive lineman Greg Milhouse Jr. all received First Team All-PFL accolades. Picking up Second Team All-PFL honors were senior fullback Dalton Dillon, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Brian Stryffeler and redshirt senior linebacker Jake Barr. 10 Camels also earned honorable mention nods.
The PFL 2015 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year went to Campbell’s Jack Ryan.
Four Camels were also named to the 2015 Academic All-PFL teams.