Boston College is losing a staff member, and it isn't one you may have expected. According to reports on 247sports, Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler will be joining his former boss Will Muschamp at South Carolina
It is believed Hutzler will also handle special teams and coach inside linebackers in Columbia. Hutzler was with Muschamp at Florida previously before accepting the job at Boston College before the 2015 season.
With the Gators, Hutzler coached the special teams to the second-best punt return average in the Southeastern Conference and the 17th-best in the nation. Punter Kyle Christy earned AP Second-Team All-SEC honors, averaging 44.3 yards per punt, 14th in the nation. In one year, Hutzler improved kicker Austin Hardin's field-goal percentage 16 points.
Hutzler was only with the Eagles for one season, and the results were very mixed. On one hand punting machine Alex Howell averaged a solid 41 yards per punt, Michael Walker emerged as a dynamic kick returner. But on the other hand the kicking game, and punt return were still a mess.
The linebackers were superb this year under Don Brown and Coleman Hutzler. Steven Daniels, Matt Milano and Connor Strachan all made major steps and had monster seasons for the Eagles. The Eagles will need to find another coach now, and of course we will keep our ears open.
Best of luck in Colombia Coach Hutzler.