The East Carolina University’s football team welcomed another new coaching staff member on Wednesday, as head coach Scottie Montgomery announced the addition of Don Mahoney as the new offensive line coach.
Mahoney, who has coached teams to 10 total bowl appearances in his career, comes to Greenville after serving as Concord University’s assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and line mentor during the 2017-18 season.
“Don's wealth of experience and expertise is synonymous with a foundation we need to have in place on the offensive side of the ball here," Montgomery said in a press release. "His background features a strong association of development and depth, two qualities which are crucial to the growth, balance and success of our unit."
The Pirates will look for Mahoney to improve the running game, which averaged just 108.1 rush yards per game in 2017 and to replicate the success he had while serving as offensive line coach at the University of Tennessee from 2013-16.
The Volunteers averaged over 200 rushing yards per game during Mahoney’s last two years coaching the team, finishing both years with 9-4 records and two consecutive bowl wins over Northwestern University in the Outback Bowl (2015) and the University of Nebraska in the Music City Bowl (2016).
Mahoney’s years of experience allow him to get the most out of the lineman he coaches, shown by his 2013 offensive line while at Tennessee, which saw all five of his starters make NFL rosters.
Before joining the Volunteers’ staff, Mahoney spent three years as the offensive line coach at the University of Cincinnati from 2010-12. His time coaching the Bearcats produced five All-Big East selections, including future Pro-Bowl lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, Jack Kelce.
The 2011 Bearcats also averaged 385 yards per game behind Mahoney’s line, leading the team to a league title and a win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over Vanderbilt University. This will also be an advantage for the Pirates now that the Bearcats and ECU are both in the American Athletic Conference.
Mahoney joins a growing list of new faces on Montgomery’s staff, and with his years of experience coaching the offensive line, the Pirates will expect success running the ball next season.