Meet the Oregon Ducks coaching staff: Dan Lanning and his assistants

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The Oregon Ducks football team has officially finalized its staff under new Coach Dan Lanning for the 2022 season.

Lanning has hired 10 assistants and Wilson Love as the Ducks strength and conditioning coach.

While Kenny Dillingham and Tosh Lupoi will be the Ducks offensive and defensive coordinators, the team will also have a co-offensive coordinator and a co-defensive coordinator who will help with day-to-day operations.

Let's take a look one-by-one at Oregon's new coaching staff.

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback Coach: Kenny Dillingham

Dillingham comes to Oregon from Florida State, where he spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Before coming to Tallahassee, Dillingham served in the same role at both Memphis (2018) and Auburn (2019). Lanning and Dillingham were on staff together at Memphis in 2016 and 2017.

In 2021, Florida State ranked 18th in the FBS with six plays of 60-plus yards and eighth with three touchdowns of more than 75 yards, with the help of Dillingham. The Seminoles were also among the top teams in the red zone, scoring on their final 32 red-zone opportunities to close the season, the second-longest streak in the nation in 2021.

In his first season in Tallahassee in 2020, Dillingham's offense averaged 5.11 yards per rush and 199.9 rushing yards per game, ranking 20th nationally among teams that played at least nine games.

Running Backs Coach: Carlos Locklyn

Locklyn helped a Western Kentucky team that ranked second in the nation with 44.2 points per game in 2021. Before joining the Hilltoppers as their running backs coach, Locklyn was Florida State's director of high school relations in 2020, the same role he served at Memphis in 2019 after starting with the Tigers in 2017 as a weight room assistant and working 2018 as an offensive analyst.

Locklyn started his coaching career with eight years as a successful high school football coach.

Co-Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach: Junior Adams

Adams was formerly Washington's wide receivers coach, where he spent the last three seasons. He was also the Huskies' interim offensive coordinator for the final three games of 2021 following the firing of John Donovan.

He spent two seasons (2017-18) as Western Kentucky's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach before going to Seattle. He also had stints at Montana State (2004-06), Prosser High School in Washington (2007), Chattanooga (2008), Eastern Washington (2009-13) and Boise State (2014-16).

Adams was a wide receiver at Montana State, where he still ranks in the top 10 in program history with 1,635 career receiving yards. Prior to going to Montana State, Adams played his first two collegiate seasons at Oregon State in 1999 and 2000. In his second year, he helped the Beavers go 11-1 and win the Fiesta Bowl over Notre Dame.

Associate Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach, and Run Game Coordinator: Adrian Klemm

Klemm joined the Steelers in 2019 and spent his first two years with the franchise as assistant offensive line coach before being promoted to offensive line coach for the 2021 season. Began his coaching career at SMU in 2008 and spent five years working in the Pac-12 as an assistant coach at UCLA.

During his time in Pittsburgh in 2020, Klemm helped an offensive line that allowed just 14 sacks, the fewest by any franchise in a single season since 1982, when sacks became an official stat.

Klemm was a former offensive lineman drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots before finishing his career with the Packers in 2006.

Tight Ends Coach: Drew Mehringer

Mehringer joins the Ducks after spending 2021 at New Mexico as its passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Previously, Mehringer was the pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Texas from 2017-19 and then worked as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Florida Atlantic in 2020.

He began his full-time coaching career as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at James Madison in 2014. After suffering a career-ending injury as a quarterback at Rice, Mehringer worked as a student assistant for the Owls from 2007-09 before going to Iowa State as a graduate assistant in 2010-11.

Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach: Tosh Lupoi

Lupoi spent the 2021 season as the defensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, his third year in the NFL after serving the same role with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020 and the Cleveland Browns in 2019.

Before his NFL experience, Lupoi spent five seasons at Alabama, where he worked his way up to defensive coordinator in 2018. Lupoi began his coaching career in the Pac-12, coaching the defensive line for both California (2008-11) and Washington (2012-13).

Lupoi played for the Golden Bears from 2000 to 2005, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American studies.

Co-Defensive Coordinator: Matt Powledge

Powledge comes to Oregon after spending the last two seasons as Baylor's safeties coach and special teams coordinator. He was also the special teams coordinator for Sam Houston State (2014-15), Louisiana Monroe (2016-17), and Louisiana (2018-19).

Powledge made his coaching debut as a graduate assistant at Southeastern Louisiana in 2010 before taking over as tight ends coach in 2011.

Defensive Line Coach: Tony Tuioti

Tuioti spent the 2021 season at Nebraska, where he was the Huskers' defensive line coach for three seasons. He also coached at California (2017-18) and Hawaii (2000-01, 2010-15), and he worked as the director of player personnel at both Hawaii (2008-09) and Michigan (2016).

Tuioti also has NFL experience coaching in the NFL, spending two seasons as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns (2014-15). Tuioti was a defensive lineman, earning honorable mention all-WAC honors as a junior and senior (1999-2000).

Cornerbacks Coach and Passing Game Coordinator: Demetrice Martin

Martin brings 15 years of experience coaching to Oregon, spending the last two seasons as cornerbacks coach at Colorado. He has also has made stops at Arizona (2018-19), UCLA (2012-17), Washington (2009-11) and USC (2006-07).

Martin started his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Monrovia High School in 1999-00. He was the secondary coach at John Muir High School in 2001 before moving to Pasadena City College (2001-02) in the same role.

Martin played one season for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe and two for the Houston Thunderbears in the Arena Football League, along with spending time with the St. Louis Rams.

Special Teams Coordinator and Nickels Coach: Joe Lorig

Lorig spent the last three seasons as the special teams coordinator at Penn State. He went to Penn State after serving three seasons at Memphis, including the first two with Lanning on staff. Lorig has also had stints at Western Oregon (1997-98), Idaho State (1999-06), UTEP (2007), Central Washington (2008-11), Arizona State (2012-13) and Utah State (2014-15).

He was a two-time All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges honoree while playing his first two seasons at Walla Walla Community College. Lorig then moved to Western Oregon, where he played two years and was a team captain. He also earned his bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Western Oregon in 1995 before receiving his Master's degree in correctional administration in 1997.

Head Strength And Conditioning Coach: Wilson Love

Love comes to Oregon after spending the last two seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach at Ole Miss. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Alabama working with the defensive line in 2014 before spending two seasons as the Crimson Tide's assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Love was named Florida Atlantic's head strength and conditioning coach in 2017 and added the title of assistant head coach for 2018-19 before going to Ole Miss.

As a player at Alabama, Love was a three-time all-SEC academic selection as a defensive end and helped the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships (2011-12). He graduated from Alabama in 2013 with a degree in commerce and business administration.

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