Football Adds Two To Coaching Staff

March 3, 2005

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Samford head football coach Bill Gray has recently announced the addition of two new coaches to his staff.

Brendt Bedsole and Allen Rudolph will join the Samford football staff for the upcoming season. Also, assistant coach Shawn Gregory will move from coaching wide receivers to quarterbacks, while Aryvia Holmes will move from coaching running backs to wide receivers.

Bedsole, who will coach the running backs and tight ends, comes to Samford after serving as an assistant coach at Murray State since 2001. While at Murray State, Bedsole coached tight ends and special teams (Fall 2001-2003), defensive ends (Spring 2001) and outside linebackers, free safeties and special teams (Spring 2003 and Fall 2004).


Prior to his time at MSU, Bedsole spent two stints on the coaching staff at Auburn first as an administrative graduate assistant from 1997-98, and then as a graduate assistant for defense from 1999-2001.

He served as the assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Trinity High School in Montgomery, Ala. from 1998-99, and he was a volunteer assistant at Trinity from 1996-97. He spent the 1989 spring season as an assistant coach on the Troy State staff, and he started his coaching career as a student assistant at Auburn from 1987-89. He has a Bachelor's degree from Auburn in 1989, and a Master's from Auburn in 2000.

"Brendt has coached on both sides of the ball and has a good knowledge of the game," Gray said. "I think his Alabama roots, and his connections in the state will be a plus for Samford.

"He is a tireless worker when it comes to recruiting," Gray said. "I think one of the most important aspects of a staff is having people who like to recruit. Also, it can't help but be a plus when you hire someone from a staff in your conference. We are very excited to have Brendt and his family joining us."

Rudolph will coach the offensive line. He comes to Samford from East Mississippi Community College where he coached last season as the offensive coordinator. Prior to his stint at EMCC, Rudolph served as the offensive line coach at Louisiana-Monroe from 2002-03.

Rudolph was an assistant coach at Mississippi College from 2000-02. At Mississippi College, he coached the offensive line and was the strength and conditioning coach. From 1999-2000, Rudolph was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.

Rudolph, a 1995 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, coached at Nicholls State from 1995-99. At Nicholls, Rudolph coached tight ends, tackles and special teams from 1995-97 and running backs and tight ends from 1998-99.

"Allen has a lot of experience at different levels of the game," Gray said. "What excites me about him is he is an offensive line coach that loves that part of the game. He also is a guy who enjoys getting out and recruiting and he has a good eye for talent. We are looking forward to him and his family being a part of our staff as well.

"Allen is also the son of a high school football coach, and he is from Mississippi, which is an area we needed to fill in recruiting as well," Gray said.

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Samford head football coach Bill Gray recently announced the additions of Brendt Bedsole and Allen Rudolph to his staff.
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