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Missouri promotes Ofodile to football coaching staff

Missouri promotes Ofodile to football coaching staff

January 9th, 2018 by News Tribune in Mizzou Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri football team has promoted A.J. Ofodile to being an on-field assistant coach, the athletic department announced Monday.

For the past two seasons, Ofodile had served as the Tigers' director of recruiting operations. Details of his contract will be released once fully executed, along with his duties.

"A.J. has been a very vital member of our staff the past two years," Missouri head coach Barry Odom said. "I've leaned on his input in a lot of areas, and he's constantly made our program better. He's a loyal guy who cares about our kids and making Mizzou the best it can be. I'm excited to have him on board with our coaching staff, and am looking forward to how he can help us improve.

"The past two years overseeing our recruiting department has provided great results for us on the field, and he will certainly continue those efforts in his new role."

Ofodile, 44, joined the Missouri football program in May 2016 after serving as head football coach at Rock Bridge from 2003-15. He was also an assistant under Odom with the Bruins prior to that in 2001-02.

As director of recruiting operations, Ofodile oversaw two top-50 recruiting classes. Missouri's 2017 class was ranked 49th by Rivals.com, while the 2018 class — which is not yet finished — is currently ranked 36th.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to continue to contribute to the success and growth of this program," Ofodile said. "We have outstanding young men who believe in Coach Odom's vision for their program and it is exciting to have the opportunity to work with our kids more directly going forward. The future of Mizzou Football is very bright and I'm excited to take on a new role and contribute to its success wherever I'm asked."

Ofodile, a former player at Missouri, was an All-Big Eight first-team selection at tight end in 1993. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft and played six seasons in the NFL.