Scherer Adds Three To Football Staff
Feb. 14, 2000
Memphis, TN - University of Memphis head football coach Rip Scherer has hired three coaches, Jimmy Kiser, Joe Susan and Clay Helton, to fill three of the four vacancies on the staff at the U of M.
Kiser replaces Rusty Burns as quarterback coach, Susan will take over the offensive line position previously held by Mac McWhorter and Helton will become running backs coach. Charlie Coe, who coached the Memphis running backs last season, has been promoted to assistant head coach and will work with the Tiger receivers.
"I am extremely pleased to have these three outstanding coaches join our staff ," said Scherer. "They have all coached for and been involved with excellent programs and each brings new ideas and inovations to our team. I am really excited about getting spring practice started."
Kiser has coached for the past 14 years at North Carolina State University and served as the Wolfpack offensive coordinator for three seasons. In his first season as offensive coordinator, NC State averaged over 400 yards of total offense per game and 29.5 points per contest to place second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
During his tenure in Raleigh, Kiser played a vital part in the Pack's record setting pass attack as coach of the wide receivers and quarterbacks. From his arrival in Raleigh in 1986, the Wolfpack rewrote all of the school's passing and receiving records.
Eight of his NC State receivers earned All-ACC honors, including Torry Holt who was a first team ACC selection in 1997. Seven of his receivers went on to NFL careers, including Haywood Jeffires and Reggie Lawrence.
A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Kiser attended Furman University where he received his undergraduate degree in economics and business administration in 1979 and his master's degree in 1981. He played football for Furman from 1975-78 and was an All-Southern Conference selection as a wide receiver in 1978.
Following graduation, Kiser became a graduate assistant for Furman in 1979-80 before moving to Dunwoody, Georgia, as quarterback coach at Dunwoody High School.
He entered the collegiate coaching ranks in 1984 when he accepted the offensive coordinators position at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina and remained there until joining the staff at North Carolina State in 1986.
Susan has been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Princeton University for the past eight years. Prior to joining the staff at Princeton, he was the offensive line coach and assistant head coach at Bucknell for 10 years.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Delaware, Susan worked as a graduate assistant with the Division II runner-up Blue Hens in 1978 working with the defensive line. He left Delaware in 1979 to join the coaching staff at Gettysburg College and then returned to Delaware again before going to Bucknell.
An offensive tackle during his playing days at Delaware, Susan played on teams that won the Lambert Cup and participated in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1974 and 1976. He was named the Blue Hens offensive lineman of the year in 1976.
A native of South River, New Jersey, and a 1973 graduate of South River High School, Susan received his bachelor of arts degree from Deleware in 1976. He also earned as master's degree in physical education with an emphasis on the physiology of exercise. He is the author of several articles on strength and conditioning that have appeared in the National Strength and Conditioning Coaching Association Journal.
Helton, the son of former Houston head coach Kim Helton, served as the Cougar's running backs coach for three years. He was responsible for the development of All-Conference USA performer Ketric Sanford, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1998. Sanford placed second among all C-USA backs in all-purpose yards with 1,530.
A native of Sugarland, Texas, Helton played quarterback for Houston in 1993 and 1994 after transferring from Auburn University. While playing for the Auburn Tigers in 1991, Helton received All-Academic Southeastern Conference honors. He was voted one of Houston's team captains in 1994.
Following graduation from Houston, Helton entered the coaching profession as a member of Fred Goldsmith's staff at Duke University. He worked as a graduate assistant for Duke in 1995 and was hired as the Blue Devils running backs coach in 1996. Whikle in Durham, North Carolina, Helton helped to developed a Duke running game that featued Laymarr Marshall, who tallied 13 touchdowns on the season, the second highest single season total in school history.
Helton earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and interdisciplinary science from Houston in 1994.
With the addition of Kiser, Susan and Helton, Scherer has just one position left to fill. The defensive coaching slot is expected to be filled in the next two weeks.