COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri assistant head coach and defensive line coach Brick Haley will remain with the Tigers heading into 2020, the school announced.
New Missouri head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz has also hired another assistant coach with ties to his past. Casey Woods was officially announced Monday as part of the new-look Mizzou coaching staff following three seasons at UAB, where he served as tight ends coach, run game coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
Haley had held a similar role for the last three seasons with Missouri. The 2019 season saw defensive tackle Jordan Elliott earn first-team All-American honors by Pro Football Focus, as well as All-Southeastern Conference honors for his outstanding play.
The Tigers produced the FBS’ 14th-ranked defense, allowing 312 yards per game, while ranking 17th nationally in points allowed (19.4 per game).
“In my short time of being around Brick I know him to be a man of high character who gets the most out of his players,” said Drinkwitz, who was introduced at the Tigers’ helm on Tuesday. “His wealth of knowledge with the defensive line is exactly what we’re looking for to motivate young men.”
Haley has 29 years as a full-time defensive coach, including three as defensive coordinator, and two as an assistant with the Chicago Bears.
Haley’s collegiate stops include Texas, Mississippi State, LSU and Baylor.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue at Mizzou and I’m excited to work with Coach Drink and his staff,” Haley said. “Our family loves Mizzou and being part of the Columbia community, so we’re thrilled to keep stakes in the ground here and I’m looking forward to getting to work on doing great things.”
Woods will serve as an offensive assistant coach for the Tigers, Drinkwitz said in a news release. Missouri athletics listed him as tight ends coach on its website Monday afternoon.
Woods and Drinkwitz were quality control assistants at Auburn when it won the BCS National Championship in 2010.
“Coach Drinkwitz and I have known each other for almost a decade now, and I know that he has great vision and he is a tireless worker and incredibly smart,” Woods said in the release. “I am really looking forward to being under his leadership and to be back in the SEC – it’s the best of the best.”
Woods joined the UAB staff when the football program was re-established for the 2017 season, and since then, the Blazers rose the ladder in Conference USA with a 28-12 overall record.
UAB finished 9-4 this regular season and is scheduled to play Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday.
Woods is the son of longtime college coach Sparky Woods, who coached South Carolina from 1989-93.
“Casey has been around college football for a long time. He’s got a tremendous heritage with his father’s history,” Drinkwitz said. “He’s got a tremendous work ethic and a very bright future, and we’re excited to bring him and his family to Columbia to help us build the program.”
Woods spent three years as director of player personnel at Auburn after his time on quality control. He also coached wide receivers and was the recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State for one season.
A native of Starkville, Mississippi, he played for Tennessee from 2003-07 as a wide receiver and holder, serving as a team captain his senior season.
Haley and Woods join a Missouri staff that already includes newcomers D.J. Smith (defensive assistant), Charlie Harbison (associate head coach) and Erik Link (special teams coordinator), who all worked under Drinkwitz at Appalachian State this past season.