MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 29, 2013

NSU hires new co-defensive coordinator

Phoenix wire reports

— TAHLEQUAH – Casey Carlo has been hired to the Northeastern State football coaching staff, head coach Kenny Evans announced Tuesday.

Carlo will join the RiverHawks as the new co-defensive coordinator, and he will also be responsible for the defensive line.

Carlo spent four years (2005-08) working under former NSU co-defensive coordinator Mike Knoll at Upper Iowa University, when Knoll was the head coach.

“I don’t know if you can replace somebody like Coach Knoll, but I’m going to do the best job I can to try and fill his shoes,” Carlo said. “He gave me my first chance to be a college position coach at Upper Iowa, and I have a great deal of respect for Mike.”

Carlo comes to Tahlequah after spending this past year at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he also coached the d-line and served as the recruiting coordinator.

Evans has also announced that John Murray has been promoted to assistant head coach. He will now coach linebackers, while maintaining his role as strength and conditioning coach.

Assistant coach and offensive line coach Mike Barela has also been named the recruiting coordinator. Chris Davis will take over Murray’s responsibilities as the running backs coach.