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Joe Moorhead Head Coach

Joe Moorhead, the 2016 National Offensive Coordinator of the Year and the mastermind behind Penn State's offensive juggernaut the past two seasons, was named Mississippi State's 33rd head football coach, Director of Athletics John Cohen announced November 29, 2017.

"During our search, it became unequivocally clear who our next football coach was and that man was Joe Moorhead," Cohen said. "Joe is a winner, a man of integrity with a blue-collar work ethic and an ability to motivate others that our student-athletes will gravitate to. His innovative offensive philosophy is a perfect fit for our program and will keep us on a path to competing for championships. I was also impressed with his detailed defensive plan. He will demand excellence on and off the field and maximize the resources we have to continue to be successful in the SEC. We are proud to welcome Joe, his wife Jennifer, his daughter Kyra and sons Mason and Donovan to the Bulldog Family."

"It's a tremendous honor to be a Mississippi State Bulldog," Moorhead said. "I am thrilled to take the reins of an SEC program that has been as successful as this one has the past decade. I look forward to getting to know the young men on our team, hiring a staff and hitting the recruiting trail quickly. My family and I are excited about being a part of the Starkville community. I am grateful to John Cohen and Dr. Mark Keenum for giving me this opportunity, and I am proud to be your coach."

"Over the last decade, Mississippi State University has built a winning football tradition that has taken our program to unprecedented heights," MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum said. "My charge to Athletics Director John Cohen was to find a dynamic, innovative new head coach for the Bulldogs who could embrace that winning tradition and build on it. In Coach Joe Moorhead, I think we have found that leader. I'm excited about having Joe, his wife Jennifer, sons Mason and Donovan, and daughter Kyra join our Bulldog family. I have great confidence in Coach Moorhead's commitment to competitive athletic achievement, academic excellence, and consistent integrity in the operation of all phases of our football program."

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Brian Baker Assistant Coach

A 19-year NFL coaching veteran, Brian Baker begins his second season on the Mississippi State staff in charge of the defensive line in 2017. He owns over 30 years of coaching experience.

Baker’s first season in Starkville saw his unit rank in the top five of the Southeastern Conference in tackles for loss (81). Three of his players signed NFL free agent contracts in May 2017, including Nelson Adams (Pittsburgh Steelers), Johnathan Calvin (Green Bay Packers) and Nick James (Detroit Lions).

Baker also mentored true freshman Jeffery Simmons into a Freshman All-SEC season. Simmons led all SEC freshmen in forced fumbles (two), and he finished with 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. He ranked fifth among SEC freshmen in tackles. Simmons became the first Bulldog defensive lineman to earn the honor since current Kansas City Chiefs standout Chris Jones in 2013.

Baker also mentored true freshman Jeffery Simmons into a Freshman All-SEC season. Simmons led all SEC freshmen in forced fumbles (two), and he finished with 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. He ranked fifth among SEC freshmen in tackles. Simmons became the first Bulldog defensive lineman to earn the honor since current Kansas City Chiefs standout Chris Jones in 2013.

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Terrell Buckley Assistant Coach

A Mississippian through and through, Terrell Buckley returned to his home state in 2016 as an assistant coach at Mississippi State. In 2018, Buckley enters his third season overseeing a very talented group of cornerbacks.

Buckley, a 14-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl champion, was one of the most dynamic players in Mississippi history, guiding Pascagoula High School to a 1987 football state championship and undefeated season. He was inducted into the Pascagoula Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2015. He was born in Columbia, Miss., and spent most of his childhood in Gautier.

Buckley was instrumental in helping MSU haul in back-to-back Top 25 recruiting classes.

The 2017 season was one of the best on record in terms of pass defense at MSU. Buckley’s group spearheaded a Bulldog pass defense that allowed only 174.7 yards per game through the air, which ranked fourth in the SEC and 12th nationally. That figure was also the best by a State defense in 13 years when the 2004 squad allowed 174.5 yards per game passing.

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Luke Getsy Assistant Coach

Former NFL coach Luke Getsy reunites with his former college coach and mentor Joe Moorhead in 2018. Getsy begins his first season in Starkville as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. The Munhall, Pa., native played and then launched a coaching career under Moorhead’s tutelage at Akron.

Getsy, 33, spent the past four seasons (2014-17) as an offensive assistant with one of the most storied franchises in the NFL in the Green Bay Packers. He served a two-year stint as the team’s offensive quality control (2014-15) before being promoted to wide receivers coach on Feb. 17, 2016.

Green Bay proved to be a dominant receiving force in his two seasons as wide receivers coach, and the Packers reached the NFL playoffs three times and two NFC Championships during his four-year tenure. Despite losing future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers to injury most of the 2017 season, Getsy mentored Davante Adams into one of the league’s top playmakers. Adams ranked second in the NFL with 10 receiving touchdowns during the regular season.

In his first year as receivers coach in 2016, the Packers were one of two teams in the NFL to have three wide receivers (Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb) with 60-plus receptions and 600-plus receiving yards. After missing the 2015 season due to a knee injury, Nelson was named The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year after starting all 16 games and leading the team in all three receiving categories with 97 receptions for 1,257 yards (13.0 avg.) and 14 touchdowns. Adams posted career highs with 75 catches for 997 yards (13.3 avg.) and 12 TDs. Nelson led the NFL in TDs (14) and Adams tied for No. 2 (12) as they become only the second teammate duo in franchise history with 12-plus TD catches each in the same season (Nelson and Cobb, 2014).

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Marcus Johnson Assistant Coach

Former NFL offensive lineman and Mississippi native Marcus Johnson makes the return to his home state as offensive line coach for Mississippi State in 2018.

Johnson, a native of Coffeeville, Miss., played four NFL seasons and spent the last two years as the offensive line coach on David Cutcliffe’s staff at Duke. Johnson joined the Duke staff in July of 2011. Prior to being promoted to head offensive line coach in February of 2016, Johnson worked two years (2011-12) as an assistant with the Blue Devils’ strength and conditioning program. He then served in the capacity of offensive quality control for three seasons (2013-15).

In his seven seasons, he helped guide Duke to five bowl appearances from 2012-17. Duke had not appeared in a bowl game since 1995.

During the 2017 campaign, Johnson worked with third team All-ACC center Austin Davis, who was also one of four team-elected captains. Johnson’s offensive line opened holes for Duke to have two 200-200 performances as the Blue Devils reached the Quick Lane Bowl. Off the field, Johnson oversaw the selection of offensive tackle Gabe Brandner to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and Allstate AFCA Good Works Team as well as being a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy and Wuerffel Award. In 2016, Johnson oversaw an offensive front that allowed time and space for four 200-200 performances during the season.

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Mark Hudspeth Associate Head Coach

Mark Hudspeth, a Mississippi native and the former head coach for seven seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette, has been named Mississippi State’s associate head coach and tight ends coach, head coach Joe Moorhead announced December 14, 2017.

“Mark brings 25 years of experience as both an assistant coach and head coach to our staff,” Moorhead said. “Having devoted much of his life to football in this state, he will do an outstanding job recruiting and developing our players. We are glad to have him back as a Bulldog.”

Hudspeth, a Louisville native, returns to Mississippi State after having great success as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2009-10, including a 2010 campaign that saw the Bulldogs reach the Gator Bowl.

“I am excited to be back in my home state of Mississippi,” Hudspeth said. “I look forward to helping Coach Moorhead realize his vision for our football program. It’s great to be a Bulldog.”

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Charles Huff Assistant Head Coach

New Mississippi State football head coach Joe Moorhead made his first hire on December 1, 2017, when Charles Huff was named assistant head coach, run game coordinator and running backs coach for the Bulldogs.

Huff, currently ranked the No. 4 recruiter in America by 247Sports.com, spent the past four seasons (2014-17) as Penn State’s running backs coach and special teams coordinator. He recruited and developed one of the game’s most electrifying players in 2017 Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley.

“Charles is a tremendous fit for our program,” Moorhead said. “He is intelligent and has an incredible work ethic. He does an outstanding job at teaching fundamentals, and he is a phenomenal recruiter. He is someone our players will really embrace.”

Huff just completed his 13th season of coaching, which includes NFL and Southeastern Conference experience. In addition to Penn State, he’s served at Western Michigan (2013), the Buffalo Bills (2012), Vanderbilt (2011), Hampton (2010), Maryland (2009) and Tennessee State (2006-08).

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Andrew Breiner Assistant Coach

Andrew Breiner, the former head coach at Fordham, has been named Mississippi State’s pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Joe Moorhead announced December 6, 2017.

Breiner compiled a 12-10 record as the head coach at Fordham the past two seasons, including an 8-3 mark in his first year. The eight victories were the most for a first-year head coach in the modern Fordham era. Breiner was promoted to head coach after Moorhead departed to Penn State as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2015.

“Andrew is one of the bright, up-and-coming coaches in college football,” Moorhead said. “He has a firm grasp of our offensive philosophy with his background as a head coach and as an assistant coach. He’s someone who is going to be a tremendous asset for our program and our players in their development. He’s also innovative and will do an outstanding job of teaching the game.”

Breiner and Moorhead have worked closely for seven years as the two formed an explosive offense in the Bronx. Breiner was Moorhead’s offensive coordinator at Fordham from 2012-15, and he was Moorhead’s offensive graduate assistant at Connecticut for three seasons prior.

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JOEY JONES Assistant Coach

Joey Jones, the former South Alabama head coach who guided the Jaguars to 52 victories and two bowl appearances, has been tabbed as Mississippi State’s new special teams coordinator, head coach Joe Moorhead announced in February 2018.

Jones is the third Bulldog assistant coach to join Moorhead’s staff who previously served as a collegiate head coach, including associate head coach and tight ends coach Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana) and pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andrew Breiner (Fordham).

Jones’ accomplishments were long and distinguished during his nine-year head coaching tenure with the Jaguars since the inception of the program in December 2007. USA produced 48 All-Sun Belt Conference recipients in his last six seasons, 23 professional players and 15 individuals who signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams.

Jones’ attention to special teams was evident in 2017 as USA ranked second nationally in ESPN.com’s special teams efficiency rating (74.0) behind only Kansas State.

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Tem Lukabu Assistant Coach

Tem Lukabu enters his first season as Mississippi State’s linebackers coach and brings an impressive resume to Starkville, one that includes four years as a defensive assistant in the NFL. Lukabu also owns five years of linebacker coaching experience at the collegiate level, which includes stops at Florida International, Rutgers, Colgate and Rhode Island.

Lukabu spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the defensive quality control coach with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2017, Lukabu assisted defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who guided a 49ers secondary that saw included standouts Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward. The 2016 season saw Lukabu work closely with the linebackers.

In 2015, Lukabu served as the defensive line coach at Florida International, where he helped seniors Michael Wakefield and Denzell Perine. Wakefield earned first-team All-Conference USA honors with 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. In 2014, he served as the outside linebackers coach at his alma mater, Colgate.

Prior to his time at Colgate, Lukabu spent two seasons (2012-13) as a defensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2013, linebacker LaVonte David registered career highs in sacks (seven) and interceptions (three) en route to earning First-Team All-Pro honors. In 2012, Lukabu assisted the Buccaneers defense, which ranked first in the NFL against the run after finishing the 2011 season last in that category. During his time in Tampa Bay, he worked with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was named to the first two Pro Bowls of his career and first-team All-Pro honors in both 2012 and 2013.

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Bob Shoop Assistant Coach

Bob Shoop, who has coordinated units to Top 25 rankings in total defense in five out of the last seven years, enters his first season on Joe Moorhead’s Mississippi State staff as defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

The 2014 National Defensive Coordinator of the Year, Shoop has proven to be one of the top defensive minds in the game. He has served as a defensive coordinator for 15 years, including two seasons at Tennessee (2016-17), two seasons at Penn State (2014-15) and three seasons at Vanderbilt (2011-13). Over his last 10 seasons, he’s coached 14 NFL Draft picks with three at Tennessee, five at Penn State, three at Vanderbilt and three at William & Mary.

The Oakmont, Pa., native has 29 years of collegiate coaching experience, and he’s coached in 11 bowl games.

As defensive coordinator at Tennessee in 2017, he oversaw a Vols unit that ranked sixth nationally in pass defense, allowing 161.7 yards per game through the air. In 2016, Shoop directed a Vols defense that was decimated by injuries. Despite the injuries, Derek Barnett earned consensus All-America honors while registering a career-high and SEC-best 13 sacks along with a conference-high 19 tackles for loss. Barnett was then selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Anthony Piroli Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Anthony Piroli, who spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and coached on Mississippi State’s No. 1 ranked team in 2014, will lead the Bulldogs’ football strength and conditioning program in 2018.

“Anthony is a rising star in the profession who knows what it takes to be successful at Mississippi State,” Moorhead said. “A western Pennsylvania native, I have followed him closely during his career. We are happy to bring him back to Starkville in charge of our strength and conditioning program. He has worked at the highest level, trained some of the world’s elite athletes and was a part of one of the greatest teams in Mississippi State history.”

Piroli was involved in all facets of the Arizona Cardinals’ strength and conditioning program (2015-17). He worked for legendary NFL strength coach Buddy Morris as an assistant with the Cardinals and as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh earlier in his career.

“I am excited to come back to Mississippi State and lead our strength and conditioning program,” Piroli said. “The 2014 season was one of the most memorable experiences of my career. Mississippi State football has a strong foundation built on a blue-collar work ethic and discipline. My staff and I look forward to evolving the overall physical preparation to the next level and utilizing means and methods with the sole purposes of better transfer to the field and building more resilient student-athletes.”

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