Miami (OH) RedHawks entered the 2023 season after making a bowl game for the third time in four years. They have the experience of the coaching staff starting at the top with their head coach Chuck Martin, who has had the RedHawks successful since taking over the program in 2014.
Here is a look at their full coaching staff trying to get the school their second conference title since Martin took over.
Miami (OH) RedHawks Coaching Staff
Head Coach, Chuck Martin
Chuck Martin is entering his tenth season with the RedHawks as their head coach and the program has seen success with him. Their first two seasons under Martin were tough as they went 5-19 in those seasons.
Since then, Miami (OH) has finished with a losing record twice in the last eight years. Martin led the team to a MAC Conference Title in 2019 and has been to four bowl games since 2016. The team has been 37-30 in MAC Conference action entering the 2023 season.
Martin previously was with Notre Dame from 2010 until 2013 coaching multiple positions with the school. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as their offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. 2012 was his most successful season with the Fighting Irish as that was the year the team played Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.
Before that run at Notre Dame, Martin led the Grand Valley State program as their head coach from 2004 until 2009. The team went 74-7 in six seasons including Division II National Championship wins in 2005 and 2006. Martin was also an assistant coach for Grand Valley State before being the head coach from 2000 until 2003.
His other coaching stops included coaching linebackers at Eastern Michigan, being the defensive coordinator for Millikin, linebackers coach for Wittenberg and graduate assistant for Mankato State.
Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Pat Welsh
Despite it being his tenth season on their coaching staff, Pat Welsh was promoted in the offseason as the RedHawks’ offensive coordinator. Welsh has spent the previous nine seasons as the tight end coach for the school.
He has also held the roles of recruiting coordinator and general manager. Miami (OH) has seen great success with recruiting thanks to Welsh ranking in the top ten eight times. Two of his tight ends have made the NFL in his career with the RedHawks.
Welsh was with Martin previously with Notre Dame as a graduate assistant for the Fighting Irish in 2012 and 2013. During those two years, Welsh was on Martin’s offensive staff helping with coaching the offensive line.
Before Notre Dame, Welsh coached quarterbacks at Wittenberg in 2011 helping his quarterback, Ben Zoeller, earn North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. His coaching career began at Grand Valley State where he was a defensive assistant in 2010 after he graduated from the school.
- Grand Valley State (Defensive Assistant, 2010)
- Wittenberg (QB Coach, 2011)
- Notre Dame (Graduate Assistant, 2012-2013)
- Miami (OH) (Tight Ends Coach, 2014-Present)
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Bill Brechin
Bill Brechin is another long-time Martin assistant at Miami (OH) as he is entering his tenth season with the program but is in the second season as defensive coordinator.
Brechin made an immediate impact on the defense in 2022 as they were first in scoring defense (22.6) and rush defense (135.9) which are both the best in the Martin era. He has held multiple positions while with the RedHawks including secondary coach, safeties coach, and wide receiver coach.
Brechin has two stints at Grand Valley State starting as a graduate assistant in 2008 and 2009 while returning to the school in 2013 to coach the receivers. He worked under Martin’s offensive staff at Notre Dame from 2010 until 2012.
- Grand Valley State (Graduate Assistant, 2008-2009)
- Notre Dame (Football Intern, 2010-2011)
- Notre Dame (Offensive Assistant, 2012)
- Grand Valley State (Wide Receivers Coach, 2013)
- Miami (OH) (Wide Receivers Coach, 2014-2018)
- Miami (OH) (Safeties Coach, 2018-2020)
- Miami (OH) (Secondary Coach, 2020-2022)
Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant, Jacob Bronowski
Jacob Bronowski is in the second season as the special teams coordinator for the Miami (OH) RedHawks. Special teams returner Jalen Walker earned a third-team All-MAC selection last season under Bronowski. His kicker and punter had career highs statistically in 2022.
Bronowski was previously with Tennessee where his special teams were top 25 in punt return defense, net punting average, punt return average, and kick return average in 2021. He also coached Central Florida’s special teams as they had the best punting season under Josh Heupel at that point. Robert Morris and New Mexico were his first two stops of his coaching career as well.
- New Mexico (Special Teams Graduate Assistant/WR/QB. 2016-2017)
- Robert Morris (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, 2018-2019)
- Central Florida (Special Teams Quality Control, 2020)
- Tennessee (Special Teams Analyst, 2021)
Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator, James Patton
This is the third season for James Patton as he helps coach the offensive line and is the run game coordinator. Patton helped the offensive line improve and it shows in their running game as the team averages 150 rushing yards per game entering the 2023 season. He has also coached at Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Miami, and Rhode Island.
Cornerbacks Coach, Robert Blanton
Robert Blanton is entering his second season as the cornerbacks coach for the team. Blanton coached John Saunders Jr. to a third-team All-MAC selection last season. He previously coached at Benilde State Margaret High School and played in the NFL for six seasons.
Linebackers Coach/Running Game Coordinator, Joe Bowen
Joe Bowen enters his second season with the team as their linebackers coach and this season is his first as the running game coordinator. Two of Bowen’s linebackers finished in the top 15 in the country in tackles earning All-MAC honors. His coaching career began at Miami (OH) with stops at South Carolina, Florida State, and Michigan State.
Defensive Line Coach, Corey Brown
This is the first season for Corey Brown as he takes over as the defensive line coach for Miami (OH). Brown is coaching the RedHawks’ defensive line for the second time as he was previously with the school for the first four years of Martin’s era as head coach. Other coaching destinations for Brown include South Dakota, Cornell College, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Iowa Western Community College, and North Iowa Area Community College.
Quarterbacks Coach, Gus Ragland
Gus Ragland has taken over as the quarterbacks coach for Miami (OH) as he enters season one with the program. Ragland has been on the Notre Dame offensive coaching staff for the last four seasons as an offensive analyst, assistant running backs coach, and graduate assistant.
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He’s not a stranger to the school as he was the starting quarterback for Miami (OH) and ranks fifth in school history in passing yards, fourth in completion percentage, and third in passing touchdowns.
Running Backs Coach, Jason Simmons
Jason Simmons enters his first season with Miami (OH) as he is coaching the running backs. Simmons joined the program after being the head coach for Ben Davis High School in Indiana from 2018 until 2022. He was previously the head coach at Noblesville High School and has been in the high school ranks as a coach since 1999.
Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, Myles White
This is season two for Myles While as he coaches the wide receivers. White had one receiver, Mac Hippenhammer, earning second-team All-MAC honors for his performance in 2022. He also coached at Stephen F. Austin and SMU. White also played in the NFL for five seasons as a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.