Head Football Coach
B.S., Bucknell, 1981
Gush, a 35-year coaching veteran, was named Navarro College’s 14th head football coach Friday, Jan., 26, 2018. He served as Navarro’s defensive coordinator in 2017. He coached six seasons at Baylor University, where he was an assistant linebackers coach and defensive recruiting coordinator.
He joined Baylor’s staff in January, 2011, and was reunited with defensive coordinator Phil Bennett whom he had worked with previously for 12 seasons at SMU, Kansas State and Iowa State.
Gush arrived in Waco from Stony Brook where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach for defense. As defensive coordinator at Stony Brook, his 2010 defense led the Big South in interceptions (17) and turnovers forced (26). In 2009, Stony Brook led the Big South in scoring defense, allowing a conference-low 15 touchdowns in six games. Senior linebacker Tyler Santucci was named 2009 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and four players earned All-Big South honors in 2009 and two in 2010.
Prior to Stony Brook, Gush spent six seasons (2002-07) as SMU’s defensive coordinator. In addition to his coordinator duties, he also served as the position coach with the linebackers for one year and defensive backs for five seasons. The Mustangs led Conference USA and ranked 24th nationally against the run in 2006 under Gush. He coached Joe Sturdivant to All-CUSA accolades at safety in 2005 and 2006 and coached Vic Viloria to first-team All-WAC honors in 2002.
He coached from 1999 to 2001 at Kansas State, where he served as linebackers coach and the Wildcats ranked among the nation’s top four in total defense all three seasons and made three bowl appearances with a 28-10 record. In 2000 Kansas State ranked fourth in the nation in total defense, while in 1999 the Wildcats were second in total defense and led the nation in pass efficiency defense. During the 1999 season, Gush coached Butkus Award runner-up and consensus All-American Mark Simoneau, who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Prior to Kansas State, Gush spent 12 seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas, three as head coach and nine as defensive coordinator. He compiled a 29-7 win-loss record in three seasons as head coach and led Garden City to top 10 finishes each year – No. 7 (10-2) in 1996, No. 4 (10-2) in 1997 and No. 7 (9-3) in 1998. In 1997, Gush led GCCC to a Jayhawk Conference championship and a berth in the Red River Bowl, the national championship game. His 1996 squad played in the Real Dairy Bowl and his 1998 team won the Valley of the Sun Bowl. Garden City CC produced a first-team JC All-American every season Gush was a coach there and played in the Jayhawk Conference Championship game in 10 of his 12 seasons with the Broncbusters.
Gush began his collegiate coaching career at Albany in 1983 where he coached defensive backs. He moved to Iowa State in 1984 as a graduate assistant on Bennett’s defensive staff serving as special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach before moving to Garden City.
A 1981 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in economics, Gush was a four-year starter for the Bison and also served as a student assistant. He earned his master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State in 1986.
A native of Elmira, N.Y., he and his wife, Anne, have two children, Stephanie and Jordan.
Defensive Backs Coach
M.S., Lamar University
Former Kansas Jayhawk and Navarro Bulldog Patrick Resby begins his second season as a defensive secondary coach.
Prior to joining the Navarro staff, Resby spent two years as a graduate assistant on Ray Woodard’s Lamar University staff. Before that, the Houston native spent time with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent.
Resby, who played on Woodard’s defense at Navarro, played safety for the Jayhawks in 2007 and 2008. While at Navarro, Resby was ranked among the nation’s top 50 junior college defensive backs by Rivals.com.
During his time at Kansas, Resby helped the Jayhawks enjoy one of their best seasons ever. As a junior, he started nine games for a 12-1 KU team that defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech, 24-21, to win the Fedex Orange Bowl. He played 11 games his senior season when the Jayhawks finished 8-5 and beat Minnesota, 42-21, to win the Insight Bowl.
While at Navarro, Resby was a two-time honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection, recording 73 tackles each season. As a sophomore, he added three forced fumbles, a sack and an interception.
The All-Greater Houston performer was an all-district defensive back and tight end at Forest Brook High School.
Resby earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Kansas in 2009. He received his Master of Science in Kinesiology from Lamar University in December, 2011. He is the son of Patrick Resby, Sr., and Deidra Barrow and stepmother, Angela Resby.
Achuff coached Navarro’s defensive line in 2017 — his first season here. He was promoted to the defensive coordinator position here in January, 2018.
Achuff served nine years as Baylor’s defensive line coach. He arrived at Baylor in December 2007, after serving two seasons at Tennessee-Martin helping to turn the Skyhawks’ fortunes around as the defensive line and strength coach. In 2006, Tennessee-Martin posted a 9-3 record, won the Ohio Valley Conference title and advanced to the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Tennessee-Martin led the OVC and ranked 17th nationally in rush defense (112.92 ypg) en route to its league title and also ranked sixth nationally in total defense.
Prior to joining the Skyhawks’ staff, Achuff coached the defensive line at Charleston Southern University in 2005 and helped lead the Buccaneers to the school’s ﬁrst conference championship and ﬁrst winning season (CSU was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year by the College Sports Report).
Achuff was the defensive line coach at Chattanooga in 2004, after spending the 2002 and 2003 seasons as a graduate assistant on Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno’s Penn State staff, working on the defensive side of the ball with former Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood. Achuff coached linebackers and served as the strength coach at Kutztown from 1999 through 2001.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Bloomsburg University, as a student assistant working with linebackers from 1998-99, then moved to Bryant College to work with outside linebackers and lead the school’s strength and conditioning program. Achuff was a standout outside linebacker and special teams performer at Bloomsburg from 1994-97, where he was a member of four PSAC championship teams.
Chris and his wife, Kim, are the parents of one daughter, Julia, and two sons, Carter and Tyler.
The University of Texas
McWilliams was named Navarro’s new offensive coordinator on Friday, Jan., 26, 2018. He served as assistant head coach for Navarro after joining the Bulldogs’ staff as a receivers and special teams coach in July, 2015, from The University of California-Berkeley. There, he served two years as offensive quality control coach under Sonny Dykes. McWilliams also worked as a graduate assistant with wide receivers and special teams under Dykes three years at Louisiana Tech.
McWilliams was a two-year long snapper at The University of Texas (1999-2000). He competed in the Cotton and Holiday Bowls for coach Mack Brown’s Longhorns, and also played in the Big 12 Championship Game. He converted 100 percent of his snaps and lettered both seasons as a walk-on.
He is the son of former University of Texas and Texas Tech head football coach David McWilliams.
Hunter McWilliams received his bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas. He married the former Catherine Wagner in 2011. They have three daughters: Bessie, and twins Callie and Suzie.
Offensive Line Coach
The Wichita, Ks., native earned 2015 Second-Team All-Conference USA honors at Louisiana Tech after playing 13 games and starting 11 at offensive right tackle for the Bulldogs. Danielsen chose Louisiana Tech among six offers after playing two seasons of junior college football at Coffeyville, Ks.
Danielsen was a four-year letterwinner at Wichita’s Andover Central High School, where he was an Honorable Mention All-Stater.
He is the son of Geary and Jeanine Danielsen. He has two older brothers, Dane and Steen.
Running Backs Coach
Howard Payne University
The Snyder, Tx., High School graduate spent three seasons as a graduate assistant and student assistant at Howard Payne University, working with running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks.
He and his wife, Raven Wilson, have two daughters and one on the way.