Clarence Holmes, Army’s assistant defensive line coach for the past 10 years, will not return for the 2013 season, the Times Herald-Record has learned.
Holmes, who was a captain on the last Army team to defeat Navy in 2001, was one of two former Army players (cornerbacks coach Tony Coaxum) on coach Rich Ellerson’s staff.
Ellerson retained Holmes when he took the head coaching position in 2009. During the last few seasons, Holmes was in charge of coaching up an undersized Army interior defensive line.
Holmes was one of the team’s top recruiters with a focus in Georgia and Florida.
Army’s defense ranked 85th in the nation in 2012, allowing 427 yards per game.
For the most part, Ellerson’s coaching staff had stayed intact for his first four seasons. Joe Ross, fullbacks coach, left after the 2011 season and was replaced by Luke Thompson.
Ellerson is shaking up his staff. More changes are on the way. Ellerson has hired a new running backs coach, according to a source.