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Coaching stability key in Chapman’s recent run

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

InmanChapman football coach Mark Hodge has steadily built the program, getting ready to begin his seventh year guiding the Panthers.  While there has been staff turnover in the past, Chapman now has some stability among its assistant coaches.

“Two years ago was the first time nothing was changed – no coordinator change, no scheme change.  This will be the third straight year these kids have been running the same system.  That familiarity and knowledge makes a big difference.  We’re able to work on a lot more details now,” Hodge said.

Hodge only added a pair of newcomers to the offensive staff this summer.  Former wide receivers coach Steven Fusaro took the middle school head coaching position, allowing Roger Crowe to come over from J.L. MannJamison Solesbee, a first-year coach, will work with the position as well.

“(Crowe) brings some energy and expectations coming from some of those other programs, which is something we need as well.  I feel really good with those guys,” Hodge said.

Joining the defensive group is B.J. Little, who has worked with Hodge in the past.  He left coaching to start his own personal training business, but will now get back into the profession.

“He was my defensive coordinator at Carolina.  He’s going to help (defensive coordinator Brandon) Mullins on that side of the ball because he’s been a decision-maker,” Hodge said.

Mullins is the longest tenured member of the staff, also entering his seventh season.  Joining him on the defense is Andrew Cartee (defensive line), Darryl Thompson (defensive backs) and Jacob Leslie (defensive backs).

Brad McAbee returns as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.  Gray Ramsey handles the quarterbacks and Jason Settle deals with running backs.  Will Maley is the kicking coach.

“The best thing is the autonomy of the staff.  The coaches are really good at what they do so I’m able to just let them work.  I let the coordinators completely run the offense and defense, and I emphasize the special teams.  Everybody understands the expectations, so if anyone has to be gone, they know things will be run the same way,” Hodge said.

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