March 18, 2013 8:00:54 PM
STARKVILLE - MSU football announced Monday afternoon that Sallach would be back on the field coaching this spring. Sallach, who has coached tight ends since 2009, will return to the same position this spring after being technically moved to a newly created position of Coordinator of Football Scouting during the past two offseason months.
"I don't think you can underestimate the role that Scott Sallach is going to play," Brewster said on Feb. 13. "Scott is an outstanding coach with a great football mind and he is going to be invaluable to us."
Due to the fact MSU doesn't have organized practices under NCAA rules in February or early March, Sallach will not have missed one day of practice with his position group due to the staff changes in the 2013 offseason.
When the Bulldogs program announced staff changes on Feb. 13 that included the hiring of Billy Gonzales as the new wide receiver coach, Mullen moved Brewster to tight ends coach. In that same announcement Mullen announced Sallach would be taken off the field to an administrative role to handle the increase in recruiting responsibilities.
Mullen makes this new announcement involving Sallach less than four days before the Bulldogs start spring practices on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with all the sessions open to the public.
The musical chairs of the coaching carousel in Starkville got even more interesting after national signing day when on Feb. 28 Tim Brewster left his new tight end position post at MSU for the same position at Florida State University. Just 15 days before Brewster made this move, Mullen officially announced the restructuring of his staff that included the hiring of wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales from the University of Illinois.
Sallach, who went to college and played football with Mullen at Ursinus College, has nearly 20 years coaching on the collegiate level and he came to the MSU staff in Mullen's first season in 2009 after a six-year stint at Princeton University, where he coached wide receivers and quarterbacks.
"Scott is both an outstanding football coach and a relentless recruiter," Mullen said in a university release. "Scott's willingness to help our program in any way should be commended. His expertise has led our tight ends to record numbers of productivity in the last four seasons."
In his first season, Sallach helped tight end Marcus Green learn the spread attack in 2009 as Green finished second on the team with 27 receptions for 306 yards. In 2011, Sallach coached All-SEC freshman Malcolm Johnson, who finished tied for second on the team in touchdowns and managed a team-high 18.7 yards per catch.
Before his stop at Princeton, Sallach worked at Dartmouth College for five seasons (1998-2002), Monmouth for three seasons (1995-97) and Hamilton College for one season (1994). At Dartmouth, he coached the wide receivers while assisting with the special teams, specializing in kickoffs and kickoff returns.
MSU spokesperson Joe Galbraith said after Monday's announcement that the newly created position of Coordinator of Football Scouting is not a open staff position as of now.
Scott Sallach Coaching Experience
2009-present Mississippi State (Tight Ends)
2008 Princeton (Passing Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers / Quarterbacks)
2003-07 Princeton (Wide Receivers / Quarterbacks)
1998-2002 Dartmouth (Wide Receivers / Special Teams)
1995-97 Monmouth (Wide Receivers)
1994 Hamilton (Wide Receivers)
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