Navy's Chaump hires Briner to be offensive coordinator

March 26, 1993|By From Staff Reports

Navy football coach George Chaump has named an offensive coordinator for the first time in his 11-year head coaching career, the academy announced yesterday.

Greg Briner, the new coordinator, has spent the last three years at Marshall University as offensive coordinator, and the last two as quarterbacks coach. Before that, he was on the Indianapolis Colts staff for four years, the first three as a research and quality control assistant and the last as quarterbacks coach.

In addition, defensive line coach Denny Murphy has been promoted to defensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach Mike Drake has been switched to the defensive secondary.

"This will allow me to to divide my time between the offense and the defense, while knowing at the same time there is someone in director supervision of both the offense and the defense," Chaump said.

Briner was a quarterback at Southern Cal from 1968-71. He began coaching as a graduate assistant at Oregon and was quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs coach at Oregon from 1981-85. He then joined the Indianapolis Colts as a research and quality control assistant for three years and was quarterbacks coach there in 1989 before taking the Marshall job.

Murphy joined the Navy staff a year ago after working 10 years as defensive line coach at Maryland. He replaces defensive coordinator Greg McMackin, who left in January to become an assistant at Miami.

Kevin Kiesel, coach of the Navy tight ends and special teams a year ago, is leaving because he has accepted the head coaching job at Albright College in Reading, Pa., so Chaump still has an opening to fill.

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