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Defensive Coaching Staff

Carl Reese
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Carl "Bull" Reese was one of the first hires to the Miami coaching staff when he was named Defensive Coordinator on Jan. 2.

Reese, whose last coaching assignment was as defensive coordinator for Coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns from 1998-2003, served on the same staff with Haywood during his final season in Austin. The two men also were at LSU together from 1995 through 1997.

One of the nation's premier defensive architects, Reese transformed the Texas defensive unit into one of the nation's annual leaders. The Longhorns' aggressive attacking scheme led the nation in total defense (236.2 ypg) and ranked first in the Big 12 in rushing (89.5 ypg/sixth NCAA), passing (146.7 ypg/third NCAA) and scoring (13.7 ppg/third NCAA) defense in 2001. The Longhorns also ranked fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense (88.0 rating) that season. UT's performance made Reese one of six finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, which honors the nation's top assistant coach. Under Reese's guidance, UT improved in every statistical category over his last 77 games, boasting 95 fumble recoveries, 145 forced fumbles, 91 interceptions, 245 sacks, 751 tackles for loss, 432 pass breakups and 186 forced turnovers. During his last five seasons, the UT defense allowed only 17 runners to gain more than 100 yards and limited 30 opponents to less than 100 total yards rushing. His UT defense produced six All-Americans and numerous finalists for national individual honors, including current NFL players Quentin Jammer, Casey Hampton, Derrick Johnson, Cory Redding, D.D. Lewis and Nathan Vashar.

Prior to his six years at Texas, Reese transformed LSU's defense into one of the SEC's best from 1995-97. The Tigers allowed just 15.3 points per game (11th nationally) and also ranked among the nation's top units in both pass efficiency defense and rushing defense. In 1995, his first season at LSU, he coordinated a defense that led the SEC and ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense. The Tigers also led the league in pass efficiency defense and ranked second in total defense. One of Reese's greatest defensive players at LSU was nose tackle Anthony McFarland.

Reese served as the defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt for four years from 1991-94, where he was responsible for overseeing a unit that shattered all of the school's quarterback sack records.

A 1966 graduate of Missouri, Reese was a tri-captain and fullback on the Tigers' 1966 Sugar Bowl Championship team. He was a three-year starter, led the Tigers in rushing in 1963 and earned Academic All-Big Seven honors as a senior.

Reese began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Dan Devine at his alma mater in 1966. He then served as linebackers coach at Northern Michigan from 1967-68 and Southern Illinois in 1969 before taking his first defensive coordinator job at East Carolina one year later.

Reese coordinated the Pirates' defenses and served as assistant head coach for four years from 1970-73 before working in the same role at Virginia in 1974. He was linebackers coach at Kansas from 1975-76 and returned for a second stint at Missouri as defensive coordinator from 1977-81. The Tigers not only advanced to four consecutive bowl games during his time there, but they also led the nation in pass defense and ranked seventh nationally in total defense in 1981.

A native of Springfield, Missouri, Reese moved on to the professional level in 1982 when he served as the defensive coordinator for the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL until 1985. The Stallions led the USFL in rushing and passing defense in 1984 and in rushing, passing and total defense in 1985.

Reese then returned for a third stint at Missouri in 1986 as defensive coordinator before becoming the defensive coordinator at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1989-90. Having been retired since the end of the 2003 season, Reese says that he has a renewed enthusiasm and that he's anxious to get back to work in the business he loves.

He and his wife, Pamela, have two children, Jennifer and Andy, a granddaughter, Ashton, and grandson, Wayne.

Bill Elias
Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Bill Elias begins his first season as a member of the Miami coaching staff. He was named Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and linebackers coach on Jan. 3.

Elias moves to Oxford from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., where he spent the last three years as director of athletics. He was head football coach for eight years before that. He attended Miami as a freshman following his graduation from Bedford High School in Massachusetts.

Elias and Haywood worked together as coaches at LSU from 1995 through 1997, where Elias served in several capacities.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts in 1977, he became assistant defensive secondary coach for the varsity squad and was defensive coordinator for the junior varsity team.

From 1978-80, Elias coached offensive backs at the University of Delaware and also was offensive coordinator for the Blue Hens' freshman team.

He coached at Eastern Michigan University from 1981-86, serving as a graduate assistant for two seasons before taking over as outside linebacker coach.

Elias moved on to Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas for one season, becoming the school's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

He left the coaching profession for three years, working in private business, but re-entered coaching from 1991-94 at Vanderbilt. In Nashville, he coached outside linebackers and defensive ends, and also was Vanderbilt's recruiting coordinator.

Elias then joined LSU's staff prior to the 1994 season, coaching tight ends his first two years. For his final two seasons with the Tigers, he served as recruiting coordinator and helped LSU garner Top 10 recuiting classes. His time in Baton Rouge included three consecutive bowl appearances. Elias either coached or recruited 20 players who performed in the NFL.

Elias was named head football coach at Gannon University in 1998, developing and implementing the school's plan to move from a merit/need-based non-scholarship program to Division II status. Gannon's best team was the 2003 squad that compiled a school-best 9-1 mark, achieved fifth place in the Lambert Cup rankings, and placed 10th the the Division II regional rankings. That year, Elias was selected the Independent Football Alliance's Coach of the Year. Gannon moved into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in 2004 under Elias's orchestration. He was appointed as Gannon's athletic director in March of 2006 after coaching the Golden Knights to a 31-51 record through eight seasons. During his two-year tenure as AD, Elias was a member of the NCAA Division II football committee and in 2008 helped move Gannon to membership in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. As athletic director, his teams won three GLIAC championships. Gannon's nearly 350 student-athletes produced a combined 3.22 grade-point average last spring.

Elias's family includes his wife, Kathy, and their sons, Willie (29) and Darren (22).


Antoine Smith
Defensive Line Coach

Antoine Smith begins his first season at Miami after being named Defensive Line Coach on Jan. 3. He is a seven-year coaching veteran, the last three at Youngstown State, and a former collegiate star at the University of Maine.

Smith instilled a no nonsense approach during his three seasons with the Youngstown State football program. Smith showed a passion for his players' development, both on and off the field, as the unit had six All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selections in his three seasons. Perhaps his best player was third-team All-American Mychal Savage.

He came to Youngstown State after spending two successful seasons coaching the defensive line at Lafayette. Smith made a tremendous impact for the Leopards, as the school reached the playoffs and shared two Patriot League titles during his brief time with the program and Coach Frank Tavani.

In 2005, the Leopards' defense placed in the Top 30 nationally in four categories. Lafayette ranked ninth in I-AA in scoring defense (17.0 points per game), 11th in total defense (296.9 yards per game), 19th in pass defense (166.9 yards per game) and 28th in rush defense (130.0 yards per game). The Leopards, who finished 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the conference, shared the crown with Colgate and led the league in scoring and total defense. Helping lead the way for Smith were defensive ends Marvin Snipes and Andrew Brown. Snipes was a first-team All-Patriot League selection while Brown was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2006 CFL Draft. Lafayette advanced to the playoffs as an at-large selection losing to eventual National Champion Appalachian State in the first round.

In Smith's first year with the Leopards in 2004, they made their first Division I-AA playoff appearance in school history and won their first conference crown in 10 years. En route to finishing 8-4 and sharing the league title with Lehigh at 5-1, the Leopards allowed 19.1 points per game ranking 18th nationally in that category.

Before moving on to Lafayette, Smith spent the 2003 season as the defensive line coach at Maine for Coach Jack Cosgrove. The Black Bears finished with a 7-5 mark while Smith's entire front-line unit received All-Atlantic 10 accolades.

Smith spent the 2002 season as the defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Minot State in North Dakota. He helped guide Minot State to the 2002 Dakota Athletic Conference championship, a 9-2 record and a berth in the NAIA playoffs, the Beavers' first since 1994.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Smith spent one season as the defensive coordinator at Fowler High School in his hometown upon graduating from Maine. While in Syracuse, he was a secondary education instructor for the City School District.

Smith earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and kinesiology in 2001 from Maine and his Master's degree from Minot State in 2004. During his undergraduate academic career he worked as a teaching assistant. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Orono High School while still completing undergraduate work in 2000.

Smith was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for Maine and a four-year letterwinner from 1996-99.

In high school, he was a three-time football captain at Fowler. Smith was also a standout wrestler, winning three state championships in both freestyle and Greco Roman. Prior to enrolling at Maine, he attended Maine Central Institute prep school.

Smith is single.


Lance Guidry
Defensive Backs Coach

Lance Guidry, a 1995 graduate of McNeese State (La.), will coach Miami's defensive backs in 2009. He was hired on January 30, 2009.

Last season he was the defensive secondary coach at McNeese State. A veteran coach in Louisiana football's high school ranks, Guidry served as secondary coach at Leesville High 1995 and '96, helping lead the Wampus Cats to the state championship game. He also coached defensive backs at Carencro (La.) High School for three seasons (1997-99), then returned years later to serve as the Golden Bears' head coach (2005-07). In between his stints at Carencro, Guidry served as defensive coordinator and coached the secondary at McNeese State (2000-04). The Cowboys won three straight SLC crowns during that stretch, making it to the finals in the FCS Championship Series.

Guidry was an all-conference player at McNeese.

He and his wife, Starlet, have four children: Janzen, Madison, Alexis and Kaitlyn.