Buena Vista head football coach Grant Mollring has announced updates to his coaching staff that are effective immediately.
Adrian Davis, who served as the team's defensive line coach in 2017, will make the move to Special Teams Coordinator in 2018. He brought a wealth of coaching experience to BVU when he joined the staff last fall and Mollring is excited to have him in an expanded role with the program.
"Coach Davis has quickly proven to be a talented coach and recruiter, and we look to use more of his experience in the role of special teams coordinator," states Mollring. "He takes a great deal of pride in special teams and he will excel in his expanded role."
New to the staff this year will be Joe McLain, Jeremy Curry and Kelsey Lewis.
Mollring has tabbed McLain his new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. McClain was a receivers coach at his alma mater, Chadron State College (Neb.) from 2012-15 and was quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at Chadron (Neb.) High School from 2010-11. He served as quarterback coach at Douglas (Wyo.) High School when the team captured a state championship in 2009. During his playing days at Chadron, he was a two-time team MVP, named the league offensive player of the year and a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy. The team captured three undefeated conference titles and made three playoff appearances.
"Joe McLain is a perfect fit to help take our program to the next level," says Mollring. "This is a coach that is well respected in the field and has elite experience both as a player and as a coach at Chadron State College. He passed on the opportunity last year to join our staff, and when we had an unexpected opening, he was the first person I reached out to. Thankfully, he accepted our offer this time, and our program will be better because of it. Joe will serve as our fffensive coordinator and wide receivers coach and will bring a lot of knowledge, experience, and high level recruiting to our staff. This was an absolute home run hire for our program!"
On the other side of the ball, Curry will serve as Outside Linebackers Coach. He had currently been serving as a teaching assistant within the Johnson City (N.Y.) School District. His most recent coaching stint was as an assistant at SUNY Alfred State College in 2016 as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach. He also spent time at Rochester Community and Technical College as a linebackers coach and was part of a program that went 11-1 and was a national championship participant.
"Coach Curry has been on my radar for over a year a now, and we are fortunate he has taken a position at BVU that allows him to be an integral part of our staff," adds Mollring. "He has high-level playing experience and has coached multiple positions at various levels of the sport. He will help coach our outside linebackers, and we are looking forward to watching him mentor our young men."
Lewis has been hired to serve as the Football Operations Coordinator. She is also serving as an Admissions Counselor on campus. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in sports management from Alfred State College in May of 2017 where she also spent time working event and gameday operations and with facilities management. She was a team manager for the college's football program and handled various tasks for the program ranging from equipment to video of practice and games.
"Kelsey will be a rising star in our profession, and we are lucky to have someone here who takes pride in handling day-to-day off the field duties for our program," says Mollring. "She has proven invaluable in a short period of time and will be great at assisting our coaching staff in many ways. This was a very important hire for us, and we feel like having her here will help set us apart from many schools in our division and conference."