They are very familiar faces to new Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer, and coaches he hopes will help establish the face of the post-Doug Marrone Orange football team. Shafer officially introduced five new assistant coaches on Monday morning, including offensive coordinator George McDonald and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough. Shafer also introduced quarterback coach Tim Lester, linebacker coach Clark Lea and running backs coach DeAndre Smith.
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"The number one trait I was looking for was character," says Shafer, "Sometimes it's hard to really investigate that word. You can talk to people you know that have worked with people and sometimes you have to go that route. I feel like I'm extremely pleased and somewhat blessed to have prior work experience with our coordinators."
Bullough worked closely with Shafer at Western Michigan in 2005, and has also coached in both the NFL and at UCLA and Michigan State.
"It's a great opportunity for me to come back and have a guy, like Coach Shafer, that I know," says Bullough, "Sometimes you go to jobs you know the head coach and you don't really now him. Here it's great because I know him. The benefit of that is that I know Coach McDonald, Coach Lester, Coach Lea and Coach Daoust. There are many guys here that I know what they're all about. It's all about the student-athlete and winning football games."
McDonald is another very familiar, having also coached on that 2005 Western Michigan team. He also coached with Shafer at Northern Illinois.
"The biggest thing about me is that I've been chasing this dream for a long time," says McDonald, "I'm very excited to be here. This has been my dream to be an offensive coordinator. I met Coach Shafer way back when I was a young coach and every decision that I have made in this coaching profession, I've called Coach Shafer. To get a chance to reach a dream and fulfill it in the future by winning a championship here and doing it with Coach Shafer, someone who gave me my first start and first opportunity to go do it and do it with my vision, I'm very thankful and very blessed."
"This whole staff that we have put together thus far carries a great deal of commitment and more importantly, integrity and respect for the game ," added Shafer, " That's what excited me the most about these guys."