Coaching staff update: Dixon, Brown added

No official word or release from the academy but Army has added Ball State assistant coach Daryl Dixon and Wofford assistant ShaDon Brown to its coaching staff.

Dixon replaces outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt, who left last month to take a linebackers/special teams position at Central Florida. He had coached at Ball State since 2009 and worked with Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman there from 2011-13.

Dixon is the second former Ball State assistant coach hired by Army in the offseason following defensive line coach Chad Wilt. Wilt spent the last two seasons at Maryland after three years as Ball State’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Brown spent the last five seasons at Wofford, coaching cornerbacks and safeties. Brown’s recruiting areas at Wofford included Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.

Army coach Jeff Monken said last week that he couldn’t comment on any hires yet.

“Here at the academy, they have to go through this big elaborate background check,” Monken said. “Most schools, you can talk about it 10 minutes after you hire the guy. When the time is appropriate, I’ll be able to talk to you about it.”

Monken said that he was “sad” to see Dewitt, who was also Army’s special teams coordinator, leave West Point after two seasons. Part of Dewitt’s departure was based on his family.

“Our kids really liked Coach Dewitt and so did our staff,” Monken said. “His wife gave birth to their third child and she was living in Miami the past season. That’s kind of where they planted their roots and made home. He felt like he was going to be a little closer to home. I think that’s where they wanted to be as a family and the move really made sense for him.

“He really enjoyed coaching here and really loved our kids and valued being a part of this program…Decisions are made not just on profession alone. There’s personal reasons that go into it and there’s nothing more important than family. I’m respectful of that with him and we will miss him and wish him well. I think that’s a great opportunity for he and his family to be close to where they call home.”

Monken said he hasn’t decided who will assume the position of special teams coordinator.

“You know how heavy handed I am in special teams any way, we’ll likely keep it the same and somebody on our staff will take on that role of special teams coordinator along with other responsibilities.”

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