Bodine will run Citadel's offense

Kevin Higgins

The Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins has promoted offensive line coach Bob Bodine to coordinator and remade his offensive staff heading into the 2011 season.

Bodine replaces ex-coordinator Tommy Laurendine, who left after one season at The Citadel to become head coach at Sewanee.

Higgins also announced Friday the hiring of ex-Bulldogs linebacker Raleigh Jackson as tight ends coach and of Bill Mottola from Miami (Ohio) as slotbacks coach. They join new quarterbacks coach Craig Candeto, a former Navy QB who was hired in February.

Also, assistant coach Nathaniel Hogge will move from tight ends to wide receivers.

The new staff will try to improve a Citadel offense that ranked last in the Southern Conference in scoring (14.9 ppg) and total offense (258 yards per game) during a 3-8 season in 2010, its first in the triple option under Higgins.

Bodine, who joined The Citadel's staff last year, has extensive experience with the option during stints at VMI and Georgia Southern, where he worked for Georgia Tech option guru Paul Johnson.

"Bob worked for Paul Johnson and has a thorough knowledge of every aspect of triple option football. He was part of a team that won a national championship and his experience at VMI has made for an easy transition to The Citadel," Higgins said.

Mottola has coached at Army, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky, among other schools. At Army, he coached tight ends and then offensive line on teams that won 10 games once, led the nation in rushing twice and ended the 1996 season ranked No. 25.

During Motolla's one season as offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky, in 2000, his offense was ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency and turnover margin, No. 9 in rushing and No. 25 in scoring as the Hilltoppers went 11-2.

Jackson played linebacker at The Citadel from 2003-06 and has coached at Goose Creek High School and for the last three years at Missouri Southern State.

The Bulldogs start fall camp on Aug. 4 and open the season Sept. 3 against Jacksonville at Johnson Hagood Stadium.