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.

Paschall 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 years.

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.

Working 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.

The 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 school.

Paschall's time at North Carolina saw him work with some of the team's most productive players 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 as well.

Heavily 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.

The 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.

Paschall came to UNC after spending one season at Ole Miss as an offensive graduate assistant 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.

Paschall 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).

The 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.

Prior 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.