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Notebook: Sloan hired as App State DC, coaching staff update

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Scot Sloan’s coaching stay at West Point was a short one.

Sloan, Army’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2022, is returning to Appalachian State as its defensive coordinator.

Appalachian State announced the hiring Friday. Sloan coached at Appalachian State from 2010-17 and under current Army defensive coordinator from 2013-17. He was the Mountaineers’ co-defensive coordinator in his final season.

Under Sloan, Army’s safeties led by captain Marquel Broughton accounted for five of the team’s 10 interceptions in 2022. 3

In other Army coaching news, Co-offensive coordinator Matt Drinkall updated his Twitter profile to include offensive line coach. Drinkall coached Army tight ends the last three seasons.

From what we have learned, Army will announce the hiring of a running backs coach soon. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported Wednesday that Cincinnati running backs coach Darren Paige will fill the opening.

It should be noted that the Black Knights new shotgun scheme is expected to have one running back. Fullbacks and slotbacks are not expected to be positions in the offense.

Blake Powers, Army’s fullbacks coach in 2022, has moved to tight ends coach.

Army associate head football strength and conditioning coach Blair Vaughan is Arizona’s new associate head football strength coach.

It’s a big recruiting weekend on post for the Black Knights. Charlotte (Fla.) defensive end and Army commit Cael Newton, Newport Harbor (Calif.) defensive back Carson de Avila and Montgomery (Ala.) Catholic defensive end/linebacker Zach Underwood are among the recruits expected to be visiting.

Mills University (Ark.) safety Anton Pierce and C.E. King (Texas) defensive back Logan Mackey announced their decommitments from Army this week.

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