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Duke announces football coaching staff changes

Posted Monday, February 13, 2006

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Durham, N.C. - Duke head football coach Ted Roof announced on Monday the additions of former Blue Devil lettermen Charles London and Scottie Montgomery to full-time coaching staff positions.

"We are very pleased to have both Charles and Scottie in assistant coaching roles on the Duke football staff," Roof said. "They have a passion for Duke football that is second to none as well as a knowledge of what it takes to be successful here. Both of these young men have bright futures in coaching, and I feel certain they will have a very positive impact on our program."

Roof also announced that assistant coach Don Yanowsky, who guided the Blue Devil offensive line in 2005, will coach the tight ends while coordinating Duke's special teams units in 2006, and John Strollo will move from directing the tight ends to the offensive line.

London, a 1997 Duke graduate who has served on the staff as a graduate assistant coach for the past two seasons, will coach the Blue Devil running backs. A native of Dunwoody, Ga., London was a member of Duke's 1994 team that played in the Hall of Fame bowl and, following graduation, worked in stadium administration with the NFL's New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.

Montgomery, who graduated from Duke in 2000, joins the staff and will coach the wide receivers in place of David Kelly, who resigned from the staff earlier in the month to pursue other opportunities.

"We thank Coach Kelly for his work here at Duke, and we certainly wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors," Roof said.

As a wide receiver for the Blue Devils from 1996-99, the Cherryville, N.C., native paced Duke in receiving three straight seasons (1997-99) and twice earned the program's Carmen Falcone Award (1998 & 1999) as the Most Valuable Player.

On Duke's all-time pass receiving charts, Montgomery ranks second in receptions (171), third in yards (2,379) and seventh in touchdowns (13). His name also is etched into the record book for longest plays, ranking tied for second for pass completions with an 88-yard catch from Bobby Campbell against Vanderbilt in 1998 and fourth under kickoff returns with a 99-yard return versus Wake Forest in 1999. Montgomery played professionally with the NFL's Denver Broncos (2000-02) and Oakland Raiders (2003) before retiring in 2003.

Both London and Montgomery begin their duties immediately.

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