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Citadel football coach Brent Thompson has hired a new assistant coach on offense and reshuffled his defensive staff after the departure of defensive line coach Roy Tesh to James Madison.

The Citadel has named Charles Hopkins as offensive tackles coach, Thompson announced Thursday.

Hopkins, a four-year letterman at Georgia Southern, has coached and played in the triple option, and has been offensive coordinator at William Penn and Shorter University.

“I am excited about the addition of Charles Hopkins to our coaching staff,” Thompson said. “His understanding of the triple option as a player and a coach will be of tremendous importance for our tackles as he helps teach them our system. He has been part of successful programs and knows the dedication necessary to compete at the highest levels, which will be valuable for our program moving forward.”

Hopkins also has coached at Missouri Southern State, Brevard College and Hamline University.

“I’m unbelievably excited to be joining The Citadel coaching staff,” Hopkins said. “I have always been a big fan of the outstanding offenses the current staff consistently fields, and having played college football in the Southern Conference this feels in a way like I’m coming home.”

With Tesh departing for James Madison, where he rejoins former Citadel coach coach Mike Houston, Thompson has moved assistant coach John Ward from offense to the defensive line. Defensive line coach Scott Yielding will shift to outside linebackers.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at (843) 937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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