Meet the Charlotte 49ers football coaching staff

• Brad Lambert

Head coach

Age: 48

Hometown: Hoxie, Kan.

College: Kansas State (’87)

Playing history: Defensive back, Kansas State, 1984-87 (second team all-Big Eight, 1984, Academic all-Big Eight, 1984-86).

Coaching history: Oklahoma, 1988-89 (grad assistant); Marshall, 1990-95 (defensive ends, 1990; secondary, 1991-95); Georgia, 1996-2000 (defensive ends, special teams coordinator, 1996-98; linebackers, 1998-99; secondary, 2000); Wake Forest, 2001-10 (linebackers, special teams, 2001-09; secondary, 2009-10); defensive coordinator, 2008-10).

Family: Wife, Angie; children, Lucy, Layne, Beau.

• Jeff Mullen

Offensive coordinator

Age: 44

Hometown: Lima, Ohio

College: Wittenberg (Ohio), 1990 (Sociology); Ohio University, 1993 (Masters, Sports Administration)

Playing history: Wittenberg, 1986-89, third-team All-America (defensive back), 1989.

Coaching history: Columbus (Ohio) Township High, 1990 (receivers, defensive backs); Hawaii, 1991 (defensive grad assistant); Ohio University, 1992-2000 (offensive grad assistant, 1992-93; fullbacks, tight ends, offensive tackles, 1994-2000); Wake Forest, 2001-07 (fullbacks, tight ends, offensive tackles, 2001-02; quarterbacks, 2003-07); West Virginia, 2008-10 (offensive coordinator, quarterbacks).

Family: Wife, Andrea; children, Nate, Rami, Maggie.

• Bruce Tall

Defensive coordinator

Age: 54

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

College: Ohio Wesleyan, 1982 (Health and Physical Education)

Playing history: Ohio Wesleyan, 1978-82, three-year letter winner; one-year letter winner, wrestling.

Coaching history: Ohio Wesleyan, 1982-84 (grad assistant, 1982, linebackers, 1983-84); Cornell, 1985-86 (assistant); Ohio Wesleyan, 1987-92 (defensive coordinator); Northeastern, 1993-97 (defensive coordinator); Harvard, 1998-2001 (defensive coordinator, linebackers); Western Michigan, 2002 (defensive line); West Virginia, 2003-07 (safeties); Michigan, 2008-10 (defensive line).

Family: Wife, Karmen; children, Braythan, Karsyn, Kallyn

• James Adams


Age: 29

Hometown: Durham

College: Wake Forest, 2006(Sociology)

Playing history: Defensive back/linebacker, Wake Forest (2002-05).

Coaching history: Wake Forest, 2008-09 (assistant recruiting coordinator, 2008; offensive graduate assistant, 2009); Wofford, 2010, (cornerbacks).

Family: Wife, Tori; daughter, Londyn.

• Drew Dayton

Inside linebackers

Age: 32

Hometown: Spruce Pine

College: Wake Forest (2003); Duke (Masters, ’08).

Playing history: Defensive back, Wake Forest (1999-2003).

Coaching history: Lenoir-Rhyne, 2003-05 (recruiting coordinator, assistant secondary); Duke, 2006-12 (offensive grad assistant, 2006-08; defensive grad assistant, 2008-09; defensive quality control, 2009-12).

Family: Wife, Laura; children, Wyatt, Nola.

• Damien Gary

Running backs

Age: 32

Hometown: Athens, Ga.

College: Georgia (2005); Mars Hill (Masters, ’13).

Playing history: Receiver/punt returner, Georgia (2000-03).

Coaching history: Clarke Central (Ga.) High, 2005 (assistant); Mars Hill, 2011-12 (receivers, special teams).

Family: Wife, Chanell.

• Phil Ratliff

Offensive line, recruiting coordinator

Age: 42

Hometown: Louisa, Ky.

College: Marshall, 1994(Elementary education).

Playing history: Offensive lineman, Marshall (1989-92).

Coaching history: Marshall, 1993 (student assistant); Lawrence (Ky.) County High, 1994-99 (defensive coordinator); Spring Valley (W.Va.) High, 2000-03 (assistant); James Madison, 2004-05 (assistant); Marshall, 2006-11 (tight ends).

Family: Wife, Jenni; children, Haley, Dylan.

• Johnson Richardson

Tight ends

Age: 25

Hometown: Charlotte

College: Wofford (2010)

Playing history: Tight end, Wofford (2006-10)

Coaching history: Wingate, 2010-12 (assistant offensive line, 2010; long snappers, 2011; tight ends, offensive grad assistant, 2010-12).

• John Russell

Assistant secondary

Age: 25

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

College: Wake Forest (2010)

Playing history: Defensive line, Wake Forest (2006-09).

Coaching history: Duke, 2011-12 (defensive grad assistant)

• Napoleon Sykes

Outside linebackers

Age: 29

Hometown: Baltimore

College: Wake Forest (2006).

Playing history: Linebacker/special teams, Wake Forest (2003-05).

Coaching history: Gilman (Md.) School, 2006 (assistant); semi-pro Bay Atlantic Sharks, 2006 (defensive coordinator); Mallard Creek High, 2007 (co-defensive coordinator); Wake Forest, 2008-09 (offensive grad assistant, 2008; defensive grad assistant, 2009); Navy, 2010-11 (secondary, 2010; outside linebackers, 2011).

Family: Wife, Christy; son, Bodhi

• Joe Tereshinski


Age: 30

Hometown: Athens, Ga.

College: Georgia (2006)

Playing history: Quarterback, long snapper, special teams, Georgia (2002-06).

Coaching history: Wake Forest, 2010-11 (grad assistant, tight ends).

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