Army has added an experienced tight ends coach to its football staff.
Cheston Blackshear, who was an offensive line quality control coach with the University of Florida the last two seasons, was named an Army assistant coach Tuesday. Blackshear brings more than a decade of experience coaching tight ends to the Black Knights, lastly at Dartmouth from 2018-21.
Blake Powers, Army’s tight end coach last season, will coach running backs in his third season as an assistant at West Point. The coaching staff opening was created when running backs coach Darren Paige did not return after one season at Army.
Blackshear and Army cornerbacks coach/defensive pass game coordinator Daryl Dixon were teammates at Florida in 1999, Dixon’s freshman year. Blackshear’s coaching experience includes tight ends coach at Nevada (2014-17), New Mexico (2009-12) and Columbia (2006-08). He also directed tight ends and offensive line as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois in 2005.
Blackshear, a guard at Florida from 1995-99, played in four bowl games for the Gators. including the 1996 national championship Sugar Bowl. He signed with Carolina Panthers after his college career.