The Coastal Carolina football program is losing another assistant coach to the NFL.
Brock Olivo, who coached the Chanticleers' running backs and worked with the special teams units the last two years, has accepted the position of assistant special teams coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, he and Coastal head coach Joe Moglia confirmed through an athletic department representative Thursday.
A blog connected to the Italian website for Repubblica TV first reported the news about Olivo, who has dual citizenship in the United States and Italy, played one year in Italy's professional football league after five seasons with the NFL's Detroit Lions and gained experience as a head coach in the country as well.
The Chants previously lost linebackers coach Doug Colman to the Houston Texans earlier this month.
Olivo did not immediately respond to a phone message Thursday, and Moglia was also unavailable for an interview.
Olivo, a former star running back at Missouri, coached a Coastal ground attack that ranked eighth nationally among FCS teams this past season in averaging 252.1 rushing yards per game. Senior Lorenzo Taliaferro, who shattered program records with 1,729 rushing yards, gave Olivo significant credit for helping him get in the best shape of his career and for teaching him the finer points of the position, which he believes helped set him apart last week during Senior Bowl practices.
It's unclear who will take his spot on the coaching staff. Moglia filled Colman's position from within, promoting former intern Ryan Goodman last week.
Enanga named to All-District team
Sophomore forward Michel Enanga of the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Enanga carries a 3.57 GPA in computer science.
Enanga is just the fourth student-athlete and sixth selection in Coastal Carolina men’s basketball program history following in the footsteps of Jack Leasure (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), Logan Johnson (2009-10) and Sam McLaurin (2011-12).
He is currently averaging 6.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Chanticleers. He has played in all 21 games while starting 19 this season. He ranks 10th in the Big South Conference in rebounding and fourth on the CCU squad in scoring. His 14 points against Guilford and Reinhardt rank as his season bests while his 13 rebounds against Louisiana, South Carolina State and UNC Asheville are season highs.
Enanga will now go on to the Academic All-America ballot which will be announced Feb. 17.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.