HARRISONBURG, Va., February 16, 2013 - James Madison University Football has named Curt Newsome as its new assistant head coach and offensive line coach, head coach Mickey Matthews announced today.
Newsome, previously the Virginia Tech Hokies' center and guards coach, brings 14 years of collegiate football coaching experience, seven of which were previously with JMU.
"Curt Newsome is one of the top offensive line coaches and recruiters in college football," Matthews said. "He is a trusted friend and we are thrilled he is rejoining the JMU Football family."
"He brings superior experience and reputation to the JMU Nation," Matthews continued. "Curt has recruited the state of Virginia for many years and will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts. He is anxious and excited about being back at JMU."
Last season was Newsome's seventh year at Virginia Tech under Head Coach Frank Beamer. He coached the center and guards positions the past two years, and served as the offensive line coach the preceding five seasons. In 2011, the offensive line ranked 22nd in the country in fewest sacks allowed per game. They also laid the foundation for ACC Player of the Year David Wilson's 1,700 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Thomas chipped in with 469 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns of his own. His 2010 offensive line included three All-ACC selections, and his 2009 group earned four All-ACC selections. These all followed the lead of the 2008 line that paved the way for 1,200-yard rusher Darren Evans. The rushing attack carried the Hokies to ACC and Orange Bowl titles during his tenure.
Newsome returns to the Dukes' organization where he previously was a part of the program that won the 2004 Division I-AA National Championship. He served as JMU's assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 2003-2005. Prior to those seasons he served as tight ends and tackles coach (2002) and defensive line coach (1999-01).
During the 2004 national championship season, the Dukes led a rush-heavy offense that followed the blocks of a talented line. The team averaged 212.9 rushing yards per game, and scored 37 rushing touchdowns.
Newsome coached All-Americans on both sides of the ball during his time with Madison. Standout defensive end Chris Morant was a two-time First-Team All-American. On the other side of the ball, offensive guard Matt Magerko earned Associated Press First-Team All-American honors during the Dukes' run to its first national championship.
Before his stint with JMU, Newsome coached at Kecoughton High School from 1987 to 1997. The following year, he became the head coach at Newport News' Heritage High School where he was named the AP's Virginia Scholastic Coach of the Year. He also coached at both Phoebus and Ervington high schools.
A native of Newport News, Virginia, Newsome graduated from Phoebus High School. He went on to play college football for Emory and Henry. While there, he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1982.
Newsome and his wife Melinda have a son, Curtis, 25, and a daughter, Elizabeth, 18.