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Western Illinois University - Football
Western Illinois University - Football


Jared Elliott  Assistant Head Coach / QBs / Co-Offensive Coordinator

Jared Elliott rejoined Leatherneck Football in January 2016 as an assistant coach for Charlie Fisher. Elliott will again work with the quarterbacks while serving as assistant head coach and also in charge of recruiting.

Elliott, who worked at Western during the 2012 season, spent the last three years at Carthage College as an assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator. Last year, Carthage averaged more than 360 yards of total offense and finished 5-5. The program improved in each of the three years Elliott worked at Carthage going from a 1-9 record in 2013 to 3-7 and .500 during the 2015 campaign.

During the 2012 season, Elliott and the Leathernecks started three different quarterbacks (including a true-freshman). He joined Western after serving as a graduate assistant for Fisher at Miami (Ohio). Elliott was a graduate assistant in both 2010 and 2011. He assisted coaching the quarterbacks, was responsible for film breakdown, helped in recruiting and managed the scout teams. In 2011, he worked with the offensive line and tight ends.

Elliott worked as an assistant coach for wide receivers at Missouri Southern State University in both 2008 and 2009. He conducted position meetings, film study, assisted in game planning, monitored the academic progress of his position group and ran field drills at Missouri Southern.

A native of Franklin, Tenn., Elliott was a quarterback and wide receiver at Miami (Ohio) from 2004 to 2007 and part of three Mid-American Conference championship teams. A four-year player, he was part of three Mid-American Conference championships (2004, 2006 Co-Champs and 2007 Co-Champs) and the 2004 Independence Bowl. He received his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Health with a minor in coaching.

Elliott and his wife Jamie have two daughters: Ava and Sadie.


Doug Malone | Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends

A veteran coach with collegiate and professional football coaching experience, Doug Malone joined the Western Illinois staff in January 2016. Malone joins Charlie Fisher’s staff as the offensive coordinator.

Malone spent the last five years in the Canadian Football League, most recently with the British Columbia Lions as the offensive line coach. The Lions advanced to the Western Conference semifinals in 2015 and Malone coached the All-West ‘Offensive Lineman of the Year’ and the team finished second in the CFL for fewest quarterback sacks allowed.

From 2013-14 he worked with Saskatchewan Roughriders as the offensive line coach and during his time won a Grey Cup Championship. Both years he coached an All-West CFL Offensive Lineman and the league’s ‘Offensive Lineman of the Year’. The Roughriders were second both seasons in rushing offense and one year was third in the fewest sacks allowed.

Malone was an Offensive Line coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2011-12. The team led the CFL in passing offense, points and passing touchdowns during the 2012 campaign and Malone coached an All-East CFL Offensive Lineman. During his first year Hamilton won its first playoff game in 10 years and marched to the Eastern Conference finals.

In the three years before joining the CFL, Malone worked at Presbyterian College as the offensive coordinator. The Blue Hose twice led the Big South Conference in passing offense and passing TDs. In 2007 he was the offensive coordinator at Western Carolina. The Catamounts had their first All-American in 14 years (at wide receiver) and a running back broke the all-time season all-purpose yards record.

The prior year at Tennessee Tech he served as the acting head coach, and the Golden Eagles turned in their most Ohio Valley Conference wins since 2000 and most road wins in seven years.

His coaching career included stops at: Tennessee Tech (1999-2006), Wingate (1986-98) and Cal State-Northridge (1983-85). During his final five years at Wingate he served as head coach.

Malone earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman (Physical Education) and a master’s degree in Sports Sciences from the United States Sports Academy.

He and his wife Jenny have two daughters, Megan and Molly, and a son Derek. They have two granddaughters, Kenry and Ruthie.


Ty Howle  |  Offensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator

Tyler Howle reunited with Charlie Fisher at Western Illinois, joining the coaching staff in January 2016. He will work as an assistant coach in charge of the offensive line and coordinator of the walk-on program.

Howle spent the last two years at North Carolina State as a graduate assistant with the offensive line. He worked on film breakdown, defensive scout team preparation and recruiting.

A two-year starter at Penn State and a four-year letterwinner along the offensive line, Howle played for the Nittany Lions from 2010-13. He started at center and left guard, helping protect the quarterbacks that Fisher coached during his tenure at Penn State.

Howle was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and capped his career by receiving the Maginnis Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding senior offensive lineman.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State in Kinesiology, then his master’s degree from NC State in Liberal Studies.


David Rocco  |  WRs / Dir. On-Campus Recruiting / HS Relations

David Rocco joined Charlie Fisher’s coaching staff in January 2016 and will serve as an assistant coach in charge of the wide receivers, and Director of On-Campus Recruiting/High School Relations.

Rocco spent the last three years at Richmond, first as an offensive intern and quality control assistant coach before getting promoted to Director of Player Personnel in April 2015. In his recent role, Rocco assisted with the football operations staff and recruiting, while serving as an assistant to the offensive staff and working with the quarterbacks. After the 2015 season, Richmond finished ranked third nationally and finished with more than 3,600 passing yards.

Prior to working at Richmond, Rocco was a student assistant at Liberty assisting the video operations and serving as a quality control analyst.

At Liberty Christian Academy, Rocco was a two-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back, and was part of the 2007 VISAA state championship team.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2013 and his master’s degree in Sport Administration from Liberty in 2015.


JP Boudreaux  |  Running Backs

JP Boudreaux joined head coach Charlie Fisher's staff in summer 2016 as a defensive assistant working with the linebackers.
He joined the Leathernecks after spending three years at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Boudreaux worked all three years with the linebacker corps.
A 2013 graduate of Sewanee with his bachelor's degree, during his senior year he led the team with four sacks, 11.0 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His 50 tackles ranked third on the team.
The Fort Worth, Texas, native twice earned All-Conference honors. 

Kieron James  |  Quality Control - Offense

Kieron James joined head coach Charlie Fisher's staff during the spring 2016 as an assistant coach. He will assist working with the wide receivers.
James is no stranger to Leatherneck Football. A four-year letterwinner, James earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors his junior year at cornerback. He played in 41 career games, making 32 starts. During his four years, James recorded 23 pass break-ups, tied for the sixth-most in program history. He made 153 tackles, forced three fumbles, two forced fumbles and recorded five interceptions.
One of the biggest plays in his career came in 2010 during the opening round of the FCS Playoffs at Coastal Carolina. James picked off his first career pass at the goal line during the game's final drive to secure the Leathernecks' victory.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Construction Management with a minor in Human Resource Management from WIU and is currently pursing his master's in Sport Management.