Several sources confirmed a footballscoop.com report Wednesday night that Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude will be hired by new coach Geoff Collins to fill the same post at Temple.
A 1990 graduate of Central Connecticut State, Patenaude has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Coastal Carolina for the last five seasons. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgetown for two seasons.
Patenaude also was head coach at New Haven and an assistant at Hofstra, Holy Cross, Columbia, Fordham, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Springfield College.
He will replace Glenn Thomas, who was with the Owls two seasons, as quarterbacks coach in 2015 and offensive coordinator this year.
Three aides staying
Ed Foley, who has been a Temple assistant for three previous head coaches, is among three offensive assistants who will be retained by Collins.
Foley, who coached tight ends and special teams, served as Temple's interim head coach after Matt Rhule left to take the head coaching job at Baylor. In addition to Foley, running backs coach Chris Wiesehan and receivers coach Frisman Jackson were also retained, the university announced.
Most of the defensive staff is expected to join Rhule at Baylor. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow, cornerbacks coach Francis Brown, and linebackers coach Mike Siravo are known to have already committed to joining Rhule.
Foley guided the Owls on Tuesday in a 34-26 loss to Wake Forest in the Military Bowl.
A graduate of Cherry Hill East, Foley will be entering his 10th season as a Temple assistant, serving under Al Golden, Steve Addazio, and Rhule.
"I am thrilled to be back and excited for the opportunity and looking forward to working with my fourth head coach," Foley said Wednesday by telephone.
Foley said he had an offer to join Rhule at Baylor in some capacity but said he really wanted to stay at Temple.
Jackson, who played wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-05, just completed his second season coaching the Owls' wide receivers, a young group from which nearly every player will return. "I am very excited, very appreciative that Geoff decided to keep me and I get to stay and coach my guys for another season," Jackson said by telephone.
Wiesehan will be entering his fourth season as a Temple assistant. He arrived as offensive line coach in 2014.
Although it is expected that Foley will continue working with the tight ends, Jackson with the receivers and Wiesehan with the offensive line or running backs, all responsibilities will be determined when Collins finalizes his staff.
A source said that Temple defensive line coach Elijah Robinson remains up in the air about whether to remain at the school or join Rhule at Baylor. Robinson is a former Penn State defensive lineman and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High in Camden.
Temple defensive end Haason Reddick, a unanimous first-team all-American Athletic Conference choice, signed with agent Tory Dandy of the Creative Artists Agency on Wednesday.
Reddick will play in the Senior Bowl along with Temple offensive tackle Dion Dawkins. Reddick said he would leave Thursday to begin working out at the EXOS training facility in Phoenix.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Reddick, projected as an outside linebacker, said he was told he would be invited to the NFL scouting combine.
"It feels really good to begin working toward my professional career," Reddick said.
A graduate of Haddon Heights High, Reddick went from a walk-on to a scholarship player to one of the dominant players in the AAC.