Yesterday we looked at five new SEC assistant coaches who will make a difference in 2009. Today we will pick five new assistants who will shake things up in the ACC this fall. In all cases these coaches were brought in to address a specific weakness on the team.
Pay attention Georgia Tech fans because your team will go against three of these coaches in 2009 (Clemson, Miami, Virginia) and could face another one if the Yellow Jackets reach the ACC championship game.
Mark Whipple, offensive coordinator, Miami: Whipple, 51, has been successful at every stop. He’s been a head coach at three different schools (UMass, Brown, and New Haven). He won a Division I-AA national championship at UMass in 1998, beating Paul Johnson’s Georgia Southern team. He’s worked with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in the NFL. His teams at every level have always been able to move the ball.
Head coach Randy Shannon had grown impatient with offensive coordinator Patrick Nix, who he felt lacked the