A promotion for Arizona Wildcats assistant coach Tim Kishby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 18, 2010, under Sports
There was no news release or grand declaration. Arizona coach Mike Stoops just spilled out the news amid a few minutes of questions and answers with the media after Friday’s practice.
With co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown moving on to Colorado, the other co-defensive coordinator, Tim Kish, has had a change in status.
“Tim will be the defensive coordinator,” Stoops said, talking about the Alamo Bowl matchup against Oklahoma State on Dec. 29, “and will be promoted to the full-time coordinator.”
Kish, 56, also coaches the linebackers and is one of the team’s best recruiters. He is the only assistant left who has been with Stoops for his entire time at Arizona, joining the staff in December of 2003. Defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo was also an original member of Stoops’ coaching staff, but he also left earlier this month for Colorado.
Stoops filled the defensive line position with ex-Wildcat Joe Salave’a, who reports to work Monday.
“His passion and his knowledge for the position are really critical elements,” Stoops said of Salave’a, who had a nine-year NFL career as a defensive tackle. “Technique, for a defensive lineman, is very critical. Playing the position and understanding the position is critical.
“And just his attitude … I was impressed. He’s just a guy who fits. He’s kind of a blue-collar guy, likes to roll up his sleeves and go to work. Kind of no-nonsense. But very personable.”
Stoops still has one vacancy on the coaching staff. He said he would hire a secondary coach after the bowl game.
There was some speculation that he could move defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt — a former UA defensive back — to the secondary and reconfigure the staff, but it appears Hammerschmidt is staying put.
Hammerschmidt coached defensive backs at Arizona for coach Dick Tomey in 1994 and 1995 — Salave’a's first two seasons as a player for the Wildcats.
“I know Joe, which is nice,” Hammerschmidt said.
“His connections to recruiting are going to be great. The guys will like him. He’s fundamental. He’ll be great for the guys, and they’ll respect the heck out of him, too.”