Luke Paschall named A-State Wide Receivers Coach, Special Teams Coordinator
From Arkansas State University
Luke Paschall has been named the Arkansas State football team's wide
receivers coach and special teams coordinator as announced by new head coach Blake Anderson.
spent the last two seasons working with Anderson as a graduate
assistant coach at North
Carolina, but also previously served on the coaching staffs at Ole Miss,
Oklahoma State and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community over the last seven
A former player under Anderson at Middle Tennessee, Paschall has been a part of five bowl games
and helped each of his former schools compile statistical numbers that ranked among the top teams in the nation.
primarily with the special teams while also assisting with the wide
receivers the last
two seasons at North Carolina, Paschall was part of a coaching staff
that led the Tar Heels to 15 victories and a win over Cincinnati in the
2013 Belk Bowl.
2013 UNC squad led the nation in punt returns (18.13 ypr) and ranked
fourth in punt return
defense (2.9 ypr), 10th in net punting (40.3 average), 19th in kick
return average (23.8 ypr) and 28th in passing offense (277.4 ypg). The
2012 Tar Heels finished first in the ACC and 10th in the nation in net
punting during Paschall's first season at the
time at North Carolina saw him work with some of the team's most
at the wide receiver and special teams positions. All-Atlantic Coast
Conference wide receiver Quinshad Davis ranked 22nd in the nation with
10 touchdown receptions and 13th in the ACC with 730 receiving yards in
2013. Davis led the team in receiving in 2012
with 61 receptions for 776 yards and five touchdowns to earn Freshman
All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com as well.
involved with UNC's special teams, Paschall coached FWAA Freshman
All-American and CFPA
Punt Returner of the Year Ryan Switzer in 2013. Switzer turned in one
of the most impressive seasons in school history, breaking the ACC
record and tying the NCAA's best mark for punt returns for touchdowns
(5). He finished the season with a school-record
502 punt return yards and a 20.9 yard average per attempt.
Tar Heels' 2012 special teams unit included second team all-conference
punter Tommy Hibbard
and their punt return team, led by All-ACC return man Giovani Bernard,
ranked 10th in the country. Bernard was also named the CFPA Punt
Returner of the Year.
came to UNC after spending one season at Ole Miss as an offensive
coach under former head coach Houston Nutt. He was primarily
responsible for working with the wide receivers and tight ends
positions, but also assisted with the Rebels' special teams. Ole Miss
ranked third in the nation in punt returns and 24th in net punting
Paschall's lone season at the school, where he worked with wide receiver
Donte Moncrief during his Freshman All-America season.
spent the 2008-10 seasons at Oklahoma State in a quality control
position (2010) and
as an offensive graduate assistant (2008-09). He was primarily
responsible for helping coach the wide receivers and quarterbacks
positions as a graduate assistant coach, working with current Cincinnati
Bengals quarterback Zac Robinson and Dallas Cowboys wide
receiver Dez Bryant during his tenure. He helped lead OSU to the 2008
Holiday Bowl and the 2009 Cotton Bowl, while the Cowboys also played in
the 2010 Alabama Bowl. Oklahoma State's 2008 team ranked sixth in the
nation in total offense (487.7 ypg) and ninth
in scoring offense (40.7 ppg).
2007 season saw Paschall serve as wide receivers coach at Mississippi
Gulf Coast Community College,
where he helped lead the Bulldogs to an NJCAA national championship
victory over Kilgore in the H.O.T. Bowl played in Copperas Cove, Texas.
The Bulldogs ranked 20th in the NJCAA in total offense that season.
to joining MGCCC, Paschall was a four-year letterman at the wide
receiver position at Middle
Tennessee. The former walk-on who earned a scholarship as a sophomore
hauled in a personal-best 13 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown as
a senior. The Dickson, Tenn. native earned a psychology degree in 2006
and a master's in sports management in 2007
from Middle Tennessee State University.