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Mizzou Football adds Defensive Backs coach

Aaron Fletcher from Tulsa joins Eli Drinkwitz’s staff, and some other notes.

After David Gibbs accepted the Co-defensive Coordinator position at UCF under Gus Mahlzahn, Eli Drinkwitz set out to find a new Defensive Backs coach to fill into his spot. After a short search, he found his man:

Aaron Fletcher joins the staff from Tulsa where he was the Defensive Backs coach for the past six seasons for the Golden Hurricane. According to his Bio on Fletcher began his coaching career as an assistant at Lyndon B. Johnson High in Austin Texas after a brief professional career, and spent time at Desoto and Lancaster High Schools as well as David W. Carter High School before moving to Houston Baptist University in 2012. After his time at HBU he was hired at Tulsa.

On top of Fletcher, Mizzou officially accounted the hires of Ryan Russell and Brett Whiteside to the staff. From the release:

Russell, who served as Auburn’s director of strength and conditioning for football under highly-successful head coach Gus Malzahn, will serve as Mizzou’s Director of Performance, while Whiteside, who was Malzahn’s Director of Football Operations from 2013 until joining the Mizzou staff, will be the Tigers’ Chief Recruiting Officer.

“Ryan Russell and Brett Whiteside are two of the most-respected individuals within their respective areas in all of college football, and I am thrilled that they are joining our staff,” Drinkwitz said. “Having worked in the SEC for nearly two decades, they know what it takes to compete and win at the highest level in this conference, and they will make an immediate impact in every area of our program.”


At Mizzou, Whiteside will provide leadership and oversight of Mizzou’s recruiting operations while serving as the program’s liaison to several athletics and University areas.