PHILADELPHIA – Temple University has hired Glenn Thomas as wide receivers coach and Frisman Jackson as quarterback coach.
Former starting quarterback Adam DiMichele, who mentored the team's WRs last season, was reassigned to director of player development.
Thomas joins the Owls after seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
Thomas joined Mike Smith’s staff in 2008 as an offensive assistant and
was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2012. In three seasons at that
position, Thomas guided Matt Ryan to his best stretch as a professional
resulting in two Pro Bowl berths.
In all three seasons, Ryan surpassed
the 4,500 passing yard mark and threw for at least 26 touchdowns. Prior
to his time with the Falcons, Thomas coached at Midwestern State from
2001-07 and began his coaching career at his alma mater, Texas Tech from
Jackson, 35, joins Temple after two seasons as wide receivers coach at
North Carolina State. In 2014, the Wolfpack receiving corps had five
players with 20-or-more receptions and 15 of the team’s 24 touchdowns by
seven different receivers.
Prior to his time at North Carolina State,
Jackson was wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois (2012), Akron
(2010-11), and Western Illinois (2008-09). He joined the college
coaching ranks after a six-year career as a wide receiver in the
National Football League. He began as an undrafted free agent for the
Cleveland Browns (2002-06) before joining the New York Jets (2007).
Jackson began his college playing career at Northern Illinois as a
quarterback before transferring to Western Illinois in 2000 to play
“I’m very excited to add such talent and diversity to our coaching staff,” said Temple head coach Matt Rhule. “Frisman and Glenn have worked at the highest level and can lead our student-athletes to greater heights. I’m also excited about what each man brings to the table as a recruiter.”