Reports: Walt Bell filling football staff at UMass

  • Finland goaltender Filip Lindberg makes a save against Kazakhstan during the third period of a world junior hockey championship game Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Victoria, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) JONATHAN HAYWARD

  • Finland's Filip Lindberg takes a drink during the first period of a world junior hockey championship game against Kazakhstan on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Victoria, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) JONATHAN HAYWARD

Staff Writer
Published: 12/28/2018 8:10:42 PM

AMHERST — According to multiple reports, new UMass football coach Walt Bell has added more names to his staff.

FootballScoop.com first reported that Bell has chosen former Maryland defensive backs coach Azzaar Abdul Rahim as his defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. That move was later confirmed by reports out of Maryland.

Bell has also hired Northampton native and former UMass safety Jason Tudryn as a defensive assistant. Tudryn spent the previous five years as North Carolina’s director of recruiting and high school relations liason.

Rounding out the new hires is David Duggan, the Western Michigan linebackers coach who is expected to take the same position in Amherst.

Earlier this month, Bell hired four coaches who assisted him in recruiting efforts before last week’s early signing period. Those coaches appeared in photos with recruits on social media and changed their Twitter profiles to reflect their new positions.

Those coaches were Jon Bills (tight ends, recruiting coordinator), Jim Jackson (offensive line), Fredi Knighten (running backs), and Luke Paschall (assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, receivers).

LINDBERG STANDS TALL — UMass freshman goalie Filip Lindberg made 18 saves in Finland’s 5-0 win over Kazakhstan on Thursday in the IIHF World Junior Championships in Canada.

Lindberg made six saves in each of the three periods to backstop the Finns to their first win of the tournament. Finland lost its opener 2-1 to Sweden on Wednesday.

Finland has two more games in the group stage, Saturday against Slovakia and Monday against the United States.




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