Wednesday, January 20, 1999
Houston, Texas
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Helton begins revamping staff

By D. Ryan Monceaux
Daily Cougar Staff 

After a second consecutive 3-8 season, UH head football coach Kim Helton has significantly shaken up his coaching staff. Both the offensive and defensive coordinators have either been reassigned or have left on their own.

After losing both coordinators, Helton has brought in Dick Bumpas, former assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at the Naval Academy, to become the Cougars' defensive coordinator.

Bumpas has coached the Midshipman defense for the past three years, helping Navy to a win over California in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. In 1996 and '97, Bumpas' defense was ranked in the top 10 of the nation. Bumpas also has great experience in defending against the wishbone, a gimmick offense that Houston will face three times in 1999 (Rice, Army, UAB).

"Dick Bumpas comes to us as one of the finest defensive minds in the business and has proven to be one of the best in developing multiple schemes, including defending the wishbone," Helton said.

Bumpas played college football at Arkansas under legendary coach Frank Broyles. In 1970, Bumpas was the Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

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As a part of the sweeping changes made by Head Coach Kim Helton, Donnie Henderson has been promoted to assistant head coach. Here he addresses the secondary.

Offensive coordinator Dan Lounsbury, who joined the Cougars in 1994 as the quarterback coach, was reassigned within the football department earlier this month. Lounsbury was a candidate for the head coaching position at Stephen F. Austin before Mike Santiago was named the Lumberjacks' coach last month.

Lounsbury was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1997 and added the title of assistant head coach in 1998. Throughout his time as OC, he retained his duties as the quarterback coach.

Defensive coordinator Gary Bartel left UH during the first week of January to become the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at the University of Southwest Louisiana. Lounsbury had been with the Cougars five seasons, starting in 1994 as the secondary coach. Bartel became the DC following the 1996 season and continued to coach the secondary through the 1997 campaign.

In 1998, Bartel dropped the secondary coaching title as Donnie Henderson was brought in to work with the defensive backs. Earlier in the month, Henderson was promoted to assistant head coach while he continues in his role of secondary coach.

Helton has yet to name a replacement for Lounsbury as offensive coordinator, but has been searching, including a stop last week at the American Football Coaches Association's annual meeting.

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