James Madison's Zak Kuhr joins Chris Ash's coaching staff at Rutgers

Thursday December 24th, 2015

James Madison running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Zak Kuhr will be the new wide receivers coach for Rutgers coach Chris Ash, according to a source.

This past season was Kuhr's second at James Madison, which is second in the FCS in scoring offense (41.8 points per game) and third in total offense (498.4 yards per game). It's a reuniting of Kuhr and new Rutgers offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer, who worked together as assistants at James Madison last season.

Kuhr was promoted to co-offensive coordinator this season when Mehringer left to become Houston's wide receivers coach this year. Like Mehringer, Kuhr is considered one of college football's brightest young minds.

Prior to James Madison, Kuhr was a graduate assistant for a season at Old Dominion, where he worked with the running backs and special teams. He also worked with those positions while an intern at Ohio State from 2011–12.

Before that, Kuhr worked two years as Edward Waters College's special teams coordinator. A Florida graduate, he also did stints coaching at Mandarin High and Nathan B. Forrest High, both in Jacksonville, Fla.

Ash was hired earlier this month after serving as the Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, including last year’s national championship squad. The Buckeyes are second in the FBS in scoring defense this season (14 points per game) and 10th in total defense (303.5 yards per game).

Ash replaces former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who was fired following a 4–8 season in which he was suspended for three games due to improperly contacting a professor about a player’s grade. Flood had a 27–24 record in his four seasons with the Scarlet Knights.

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