Staley Leaving JMU
HARRISONBURG - Brandon Staley, who spent the 2014 season with James Madison as defensive coordinator, will return to Division III John Carroll University next season, a source said Monday.
Staley was the defensive coordinator at the Ohio college for one season before being hired by JMU football coach Everett Withers last year and he is expected to return to that position at John Carroll.
Staley's defense - a mix of 4-3 and 3-4 fronts with a heavy emphasis on pressure - ranked only 91st among 121 FCS teams, allowing 424.8 yards per game. The Dukes also yielded 29 points per game, 80th in the country and 10th in the 12-team Colonial Athletic Association.
Withers was not available for comment, and Staley did not return a voicemail seeking comment.
James Madison has now lost all three of its coordinators from the 2014 season, with two taking better jobs.
Previously, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Drew Mehringer left for FBS Houston (receivers coach) and co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Brad Davis left for FBS East Carolina (offensive line coach/run game coordinator).
Before his time at John Carroll, Staley was a defensive graduate assistant at Tennessee. In 2010 and 2011, he was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.