Bobcats announces staff additions, changes

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Texas State Football

Texas State head coach Everett Withers announced multiple moves to the team's coaching staff on Monday.

Kyle Hoke was named the Bobcats’ new safeties coach, Zack Lucas was promoted to director of football operations, Preston Mason moved from safeties coach to outside linebackers coach, and Jules Montinar will return as cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator.

Hoke previously served as the defensive coordinator at John Carroll University, a Division III school located in University Heights, Ohio. Hoke’s defense ranked second in the Ohio Athletic Conference in scoring defense in 2017. Before his time with the Blue Streaks, Hoke spent two seasons at South Carolina as a graduate assistant. He worked with linebackers and was responsible for running positions and defensive breakdowns with the Gamecocks.

Hoke was the defensive quality control coach at the United States Military Academy working with defensive backs in 2014. In 2012 and 2013, he was a graduate assistant at Western Michigan, where he worked with special teams and defensive backs.

Hoke played for Ball State. He played in 14 games during the Cardinals’ 2008 season, where they played in the MAC championship game, played in the GMAC Bowl and were ranked No. 22 in the final AP poll.

Hoke comes from a lineage of coaches. His father — Jon — is the secondary coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His uncle, Brady, is currently the defensive line coach with the Carolina Panthers, and was previously the head coach at the University of Michigan, San Diego State University and Ball State University.

Lucas is replacing John Streicher, who took and job with the Tennessee Titans and served as the director of football operations during the 2016 and 2017 season. Lucas served as the head equipment manager for the Bobcats for the last three years.

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