Navy, Chaump add ex-Maryland aide

February 27, 1992

The restructuring of Navy's football staff was completed yesterday with the hiring of former Maryland assistant Dennis Murphy as defensive line coach.

Murphy had been an assistant for eight years at Maryland, before losing his position when Joe Krivak resigned after last season. Murphy will replace Kevin Kiesel, who will coach Navy tight ends and special teams players.

Earlier this week, coach George Chaump added Greg McMackin as defensive coordinator and Ron Harris as secondary coach. Both come from Utah, where McMackin and Harris held the same positions.

In the shake-up, Dick Biddle (defensive coordinator), Jerry Hartman (secondary) and Tim McGuire (inside linebackers) were let go by Chaump, who was not happy with a defense that allowed 29.1 points per game and was susceptible to big plays during a 1-11 season.

In addition to the new hires, other assistants have been reassigned: Mike Drake will move from tight ends and offensive tackles to coach the quarterbacks and Jake Gonos moves from defensive line to the inside linebackers.

* Ex-Maryland coach Krivak said he will "feel more comfortable" about pursuing job opportunities after his former assistants are secure in new positions. The only ones still without jobs are believed to be quarterbacks coach Jerry Eisaman and defensive ends coach Kurt Van Valkenburg.

"I've talked to some people and explored some things that haven't panned out," Krivak said.

Krivak declined to comment on whether he has reached a settlement with the university on his contract, saying only, "It's not terminated yet."

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