Football adds Johnson and Kosciolek to coaching staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | by by Scott McCain, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College athletic department announced today the hiring of Eddie Johnson and Cazzie Kosciolek as assistant coaches on the football staff.

Casimir KosciolekKosciolek brings seven years of college experience to the table, having spent time as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, offensive line coach, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.  In 2005, he will serve as Newberry's offensive line coach.

He spent four years at the University of New Haven as wide receivers coach and offensive line coach after completing his collegiate playing career there.  Kosciolek led the Chargers into the national championship game and earned First Team AP Small School All-American honors.  He finished third in the voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, Division II's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the best college football player in the nation in Division II.

Most recently, he served as Fort Scott Community College's offensive coordinator after a two-year stint as Hofstra University's offensive line coach.

Eddie JohnsonJohnson will serve as the director of strength and conditioning in 2005.

In his four years at South Atlantic Conference member Lenoir-Rhyne, Johnson coached running backs in his second and fourth seasons and headed up the secondary in 2003 and 2001. In addition to his position duties, Johnson was also the teamís recruiting coordinator and liaison with the admissions and financial aid departments.

In 2001, as the Bearsí secondary coach, Johnson helped an L-R squad finish second in the conference with 21 interceptions and a punt return team that finished fifth in the nation in yards per game.

Prior to L-R, Johnson coached two years at Wingate University and served as a defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and administrative assistant to the head coach in 2000.

As running backs and inside receivers coach in 1999, he helped the Bulldogs finish the season as the No. 4 passing offense in NCAA Division II.

Johnson also coached at Wofford (outside linebackers and defensive backs), Marietta (junior varsity offensive coordinator/running backs) and his alma mater, Georgetown College in Kentucky (running backs).

Johnson earned his bachelorís degree in business administration and finance in 1993 from Georgetown College. As a player, Johnson was part of the 1991 NAIA national championship team.

Johnson went on to complete his masterís degree in liberal learning from Marietta College in Ohio in 1998.

Johnson and his wife, Rebecca, are proud parents of three children: Taylor, Benjamin and Matthew.