Joining Butch Jones’ staff at Central Michigan are Zach Azzanni (assistant head coach/wide receivers), Tim Banks (defensive coordinator), Max Glowacki (tight ends) and Don Mahoney (offensive line).
Azzanni returns to his alma mater from Bowling Green State University, where he spent the past six seasons. He has coached the Falcons’ wide receivers the past four years, mentoring a group that has broken nearly every school receiving record. Under his tutelage, Charles Sharon closed his career in 2005 as Bowling Green’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. In 2004, Azzanni coached a receiving corps that featured four players that posted at least 1,000 receiving yards. BGSU capped the season with a victory in the GMAC Bowl. The Falcons won a MAC West Division title and the Motor City Bowl in 2003, a season in which Cole Magner caught 99 passes for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns.
A walk-on at CMU who later earned a scholarship, Azzanni was a freshman on the Chippewas’ 1994 Mid-American Conference championship team. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 1999. Following graduation, Azzanni spent two seasons (1999-00) as the receivers coach at Valparaiso before moving to BGSU.
“Zach is a CMU alum who has great experience recruiting and coaching in the Mid-American Conference,” Jones said. “He is a tireless worker and great recruiter with ties to the state of Michigan and in the state of Florida.”
A 1995 graduate of CMU, Banks returns to his alma mater after four seasons at the University of Maryland. Banks coached the Terrapins’ secondary in 2006 after spending his first three seasons with the inside linebackers. Under his guidance, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team selection (2004-05), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2005) and a Bednarik Award finalist (2005).
Prior to Maryland, Banks spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Memphis (2001-02) and two years at Bowling Green (1999-00). At Memphis, the Tigers ranked ninth in Division I-A in pass defense in 2002, his only season working the cornerbacks. Banks was a four-year letterman and two-time All-MAC second team selection (1993-94) at CMU. He was a co-captain for the Chippewas’ 1994 MAC championship team and graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. He redshirted as a true freshman during CMU’s 1990 conference championship season.
“Tim and I coached together at Ferris and competed against one another the last two years,” Jones said. “I have been very impressed with his defensive schemes and the way his defenses have played. He will be a great asset to this program, both as a CMU alum and a native of the city of Detroit.”
Glowacki returns to CMU after spending the 2006 season as the offensive line coach at Wayne State University. A pair of Wayne State offensive linemen, Ryan Cue and Grant Fodor, earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2006 after paving the way for freshman running back Joique Bell to rush for 2,065 yards and 22 touchdowns. Prior to his time at Wayne State, Glowacki spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons working with the offensive line at Sacramento State.
Glowacki was a four-year letterman at CMU (1994-97), starting 43 games on the offensive line during his career. He started nine games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman on the Chippewas’ 1994 conference championship team. A two-time Academic All-MAC selection, Glowacki earned a pair of bachelor’s degrees during his time at CMU. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at CMU in 1999 and spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Michigan. During those two years, the Wolverines posted a pair of 10-win seasons, won a Big Ten title in 2003 and defeated the University of Florida, 38-30, in the Outback Bowl following the 2002 season.
“I’ve known and coached with Max for a long time,” Jones said. “He has very strong connections to the state of Michigan and has gained valuable experience by being involved in a number of different offensive systems.”
Mahoney has spent the past eight seasons coaching the offensive line at Tulane University after six previous seasons as an assistant at CMU. At Tulane, he has mentored offensive lines that have led the way for the top rusher and all-purpose yardage gainer, the top passer and the top scorer in school history. The 2006 line featured a trio of All-Conference USA honorable selections, as well as a Conference USA All-Freshman team honoree. In each of the past six seasons, Mahoney has had at least one lineman named to the academic all-district team. He was also part of a coaching staff that guided the Green Wave to a victory in the 2002 Hawai’i Bowl.
Mahoney was an all-conference selection and three-year starter at guard for Marshall University, serving as team captain as a senior in 1990. He was a student assistant at Marshall when the Thundering Herd claimed the 1992 Division I-AA national championship and a graduate assistant at CMU in 1994 when the Chippewas won the MAC title and played in the Las Vegas Bowl. Mahoney earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State in 1993.
“Don understands CMU and has a great passion for the university and the Mount Pleasant area,” Jones said. “He is one of the best line coaches around, and his experience in the spread offense at Tulane will be extremely valuable.”
CMU finished 10-4 overall, 7-1 in the Mid-American Conference in 2006. The Chippewas defeated Ohio, 31-10, in the MAC Championship Game on Nov. 30 and Middle Tennessee State, 31-14, in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26.
Jones was named CMU’s 25th head football coach Jan. 5. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant at West Virginia University.