Ellerson, Steelman added to Jacksonville’s staff

Former Army head coach Rich Ellerson has returned to college football as Jacksonville University’s defensive coordinator.

Ellerson, who was fired after the 2013 Army-Navy game, was hired by his former Army offensive coordinator Ian Shields.

Shields was named Jacksonville head coach on Dec. 8 by athletic director Donnie Horner, a West Point graduate.

One college football fan dubbed Jacksonville, “Army South.”

Shields has also added record-breaking Army quarterback Trent Steelman as Jacksonville’s wide receivers coach. Steelman, 26, played wide receiver for Team USA at the 2015 World Championship in July. He was signed by the Ravens and appeared in a few preseason games for Baltimore.

“The next best thing to playing is coaching,” said Steelman, a four-year starting quarterback (2009-12). ” I knew I wanted to stay around the game any way that I could. Coach (Ian) Shields gave me that opportunity. He was like a father to me in college and he epitomizes what it means to be a coach, father, husband and man. It’s an honor to work for him.”

Shields has also brought on Tom Simi and Mayur Chaudhari, who were his assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne the past two seasons. Simi and Chaudhari were on Ellerson’s Army staff in 2013.

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