SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State head football coach Troy Taylor announced several additions to his staff with the hiring of seven new coaches as well as the retention of two others. On the offensive side of the ball, Taylor will serve as the coordinator and will be joined by Kris Richardson (Assistant Head Coach/offensive line), Bobby Fresques (quarterbacks), Jeremy LaPan (tight ends/special teams) and James Montgomery (running backs). Andy Thompson will lead the other side of the ball as the defensive coordinator and will oversee Will Plemons (defensive line), Allen Brown (cornerbacks) and Sam Cole (safeties). Chris Parry completes the staff as the director of recruiting and player development.
Richardson served on the Folsom High School staff for the past 24 years, including the last 14 as the varsity head coach. The Bulldogs posted a 162-27-1 record under his leadership and became one of the most dominant programs in area history. From 2010-18, Folsom went 127-10 with nine league titles, seven Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and four state crowns. His teams won the CIF Div. 1-AA titles in 2017 and 2018. Following the 2017 season, Richardson was named the Cal-Hi Football Coach of the Year. Folsom also took undefeated seasons into the Northern California Open Division championships in 2012 and 2013 before falling to De La Salle.
Folsom sent over 30 players to NCAA Div. I schools during his tenure including quarterback Jake Browning (Washington), safety Jordan Richards (Stanford/New England Patriots/Atlanta Falcons), offensive lineman Jonah Williams (Alabama) and wide receiver Joe Ngata (Clemson). The Bulldogs also set the CIF state record for points as well as recording the most passing yards in a year in four consecutive seasons.
Fresques returns to Sacramento State where he was the Hornet quarterback from 1990-92. He left Sacramento State ranked fourth in school history with 3,757 career passing yards and was second with 27 career touchdown passes. After playing professionally with the Munich Cowboys and San Jose Sabercats, Fresques began his coaching career at Sacramento City College in 1996 before coming to Sacramento State as the receivers coach in 1997. He then moved on to Cal the following year where he worked alongside Taylor. The next year, he took over as the head coach at Christian Brothers HS and remained with the Falcons through the 2004 season. Fresques returned to the sideline in 2009 at Folsom HS and has played a key role in the team's offensive success.
LaPan coached with Troy Taylor at Utah where he was a graduate assistant and analyst. In 2018, he was a full-time analyst for the Utes working with special teams. He worked closely with the team's kickers, punters, and long snappers. Most notably kicker Matt Gay (Lou Groza Award winner - 2017 and first team all-Pac-12 - 2018), Mitch Wishnowsky (2016 Ray Guy Award winner and two-time Ray Guy Award finalist 2017-2018) and Tom Hackett (two-time Ray Guy Award winner 2014-2015). LaPan was part of the Utes on-field staff from 2015-2017 where he worked closely with the linebackers, and every facet of special teams, assisting Kyle Whittingham, Justin Ena, Sharrieff Shah & Jim Harding.
Montgomery will return for his sixth season with the Hornets in 2019. Montgomery has been the team's running backs coach since 2016 and also was the recruiting coordinator last season. In 2018, Montgomery coached Elijah Dotson to first team all-Big Sky honors as well as a spot on the Hero Sports Sophomore FCS All-America team. Dotson rushed for 1,154 yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry during the season. He also had five 100-yard games and scored nine touchdowns. Montgomery was an offensive assistant during his first two seasons at Sacramento State as well as at Weber State in 2013. A local product from Cordova HS, where he was a Parade Magazine All-American, he played collegiately at Cal and Washington State.
An experienced defensive coordinator in the Big Sky, Thompson has spent the previous 13 seasons at Northern Arizona. He started his coaching career with the Lumberjacks directing the running backs for two years. He then coached linebackers for two seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator for 10 years. Thompson coached more than 60 all-Big Sky selections during his time in Flagstaff, Ariz.This past season, NAU ranked third in the Big Sky in total defense after allowing a Big Sky best 1,797 passing yards along with 17 interceptions. In 2013, his defense led the FCS with eight touchdowns en route to a playoff appearance. Thompson played at Montana (1999-03) and also coached at Eastern Oregon for one season before moving to NAU.
Plemons continues his second stint at Sacramento State and will return for his fourth season leading the defensive line. In 2017, he coached Ben Sorensen and George Obinna to first team all-Big Sky honors and had a third player earn honorable mention. Sorensen led Sacramento State with 10 sacks and finished the year with 12.5 tackles-for-loss, earning third team FCS All-America accolades from the Associated Press. Overall, the Hornet defensive linemen combined for 32 of the team's Div. I-era record 43 sacks. Plemons has also coached at Cal Lutheran, Idaho State (2006) and Fresno State (2009-11) as well as in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2012-13) and Toronto Argonauts (2014-15).
Brown also brings Big Sky experience to the staff as he has worked at Eastern Washington and Cal Poly. Since 2015, he has been the cornerbacks coach for Cal Poly and helped the Mustangs to a playoff appearance in 2016. Brown played at Eastern Washington from 2010-13 and was a two-time all-Big Sky honoree. He recorded 237 total tackles, intercepted four passes and broke up 15 passes during his career as a strong safety. He was a team captain his senior season and won three Big Sky titles. After concluding his playing career, Brown was a strength and conditioning intern at EWU in 2014 and also assisted with the secondary.
Cole recently completed his second stretch as defensive coordinator at Folsom HS. He started with the Bulldogs in the 2011 season and remained with the team until 2014. Cole then took a defensive internship with Montana State in 2015. He returned to Folsom HS in 2016 where he has guided the defense through the team's recent success which included back-to-back CIF Div. 1-AA titles. After playing two seasons at American River JC, Cole transferred to Tarleton State where he was a cornerback and safety from 2009-10.
Parry was the running backs coach at Folsom HS since 2013 and helped the team earn California state championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018. From 2009-12, Parry worked at American River College in Sacramento. He began as the wide receivers coach in his first three years before shifting to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012. That season, the Beavers advanced to the NorCal championship game and were ranked fifth in the state at 39.7 points per game.
Director of football operations Ryan Smaha and administrative assistant Ashley Sterk will also remain with the program.
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