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Gush, Achuff additions give NC football 4 new staffers

By MIKE MONTFORT   —

Former Baylor defensive assistants Jim Gush and Chris Achuff completed the re-stocking of the Navarro College football staff Thursday as the Bulldogs approach the 2017 season with four new coaches.

Gush, a 35-year veteran who coached Baylor linebackers and directed defensive recruiting for six seasons, becomes Navarro’s defensive coordinator replacing Scott Joseph.  Joseph recently returned to Katy ISD as Morton Ranch High School’s DC.

Achuff, who worked nine seasons at Baylor, was selected as Navarro’s new defensive line coach, replacing Jimmy Fowler, who accepted a position at Austin High School.

The hires first were announced Thursday on Navarro Football’s twitter account.

Shorthanded, NC had suspended its spring practice schedule, so the new Bulldog staff now will have 12 practices remaining until May 2. The annual spring game will be held at 9:30 am Saturday, April 29 — the morning that NC Football hosts its second and final afternoon combine of the year.

While at Baylor, Gush and Achuff worked under Phil Bennett.  Gush, who joined Baylor’s staff in January, 2011, was reunited with Bennett, whom he had worked with previously over 12 years at SMU, Kansas State and Iowa State.  Before working with Bennett at Kansas State, Gush spent three years as head coach and nine as defensive coordinator at Garden City Community College, Ks.  He compiled a 29-7 record with three Top-10 finishes as the Broncbusters’ head coach.

Achuff previously served as defensive line coach at Tennessee-Martin, Charleston Southern and Chattanooga.

Earlier this month, Navarro football’s staff added offensive line coach Jens Danielsen and Brad Wilson.

Danielsen, a Wichita, Ks., native, earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors in 2015 at Louisiana Tech after playing in 13 games and starting 11 at right tackle for the Bulldogs.  He chose Louisiana Tech among six offers after playing two seasons of junior college football at Coffeyville CC, Ks.