HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison football has announced the promotion of Chris Malone to Running Game Coordinator in addition to his offensive line dutiesas well as the hiring of Dominique White as a new assistant football coach, Head Coach Mickey Matthews announced today. White, who served this past year as the Dukes' Director of Player Relations, will be assistant defensive line coach.
A four-year letterwinner for the Dukes, White was part of a solid defensive line that helped JMU to a 2008 Colonial Athletic Association Championship, the No. 1 ranking in the nation for most of 2008 and two berths in the NCAA Playoffs, including the semifinal run in 2008. He had a total of 21 tackles in his career with Madison. A native of Hampton, Va., White has his bachelor's degree from JMU in kinesiology with a sports management concentration.
"We have high hopes for Dominique," Matthews said. "He is a young coach on the rise. We believe he will do a great job coaching and recruiting for us."
Malone enters his seventh year at JMU as the offensive line coach, having worked most recently with First-Team All-CAA selection Earl Watford. Last year's running game, produced 1,000-yard runner Dae'Quan Scott and an average of more than 220 yards per game on the ground and 25 touchdowns. He has coached numerous all-conference honorees in his career, including Dorian Brooks, a member of the 2010 Super Bowl squad Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Rimington Award winner Scott Lemn. In 2008, he directed an offensive front that included Lemn and other all-league honorees in Terrence Apted, Theo Sherman and Brooks and helped the Dukes average 38.1 points and 401.4 yards, including 282.8 per game rushing.
"Chris has been the backbone of our running game that has been so successful the last two years," Matthews stated. "So I am promoting him to the running game coordinator position to recognize that success and his role in our future. He works very hard and comes up with excellent concepts for our offensive football team."
Prior to his time at JMU, he spent time on the coaching staffs at VMI, Massachusetts and Virginia Tech. He was a four-year stater at Virginia Tech, making 47 consecutive starts during his career, earning All-Big East honors in 1995. A native of Emporia, Va., Malone earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1996 and a master's in consumer studies, both from Virginia Tech. He and wis wife Susan, also a Virginia Tech graduate, have two daughters, Claire Elizabeth (7) and Anna Catherine (5).