Nearly 50 rookies were attending an orientation/workout for Morgan State football early Monday morning, but the most impressive newcomer wasn't trying out.
Andre Creamer is one of two new assistant coaches at Morgan State. It's his first coaching job, but he has solid playing credentials. In 1983, he was the All-Metro quarterback for Northwestern High, skipped the normal redshirt year for Division I-A and spent the next four seasons playing defensive back for the University of Tennessee.
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Creamer was waived after one season, then got his bachelor's degree in sociology. He played for the semipro Charlotte Barons last year, and took a job with Juvenile Services in Baltimore. Only 25, he's studying for a master's degree in physical education, and wants to make a career of coaching.
"This is a good place for any coach to start," said Creamer, well
aware that head coach Ricky Diggs is trying to reverse a losing trend that began in 1980. "At Tennessee, we had caviar; here, we have to eat tuna. That's OK, we just have to work harder."
Creamer will tutor Morgan State defensive backs, and Fred Kaiss is the new coach for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Kaiss spent the past two years as head coach at Southwestern High.
Creamer is looking forward to Oct. 3, when Morgan State plays at the University of Buffalo, whose first-year boss is Jim Ward, his high school coach.
In related alumni news, Bowie State's new defensive backs coach is Broughton Reid, who played for Northwestern and Morgan State. He replaces Sherman Wood, who's now at Virginia Union, as a full-time assistant.
At Frostburg State, four new assistants will be helping first-year
head coach Mike McGlinchey. Student assistant Barry Amos, who went to City College, spent the past four years playing outside linebacker for the Bobcats.
Coppin State, already a recruiting force in Philadelphia, added to its profile there with the addition of Nate Blackwell to coach Fang Mitchell's staff. Blackwell was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year for Temple in 1986-87, and spent the past three seasons as an assistant to Owls head coach John Chaney.
Rob Chavez, new coach at UMES, has hired Darryl Bruce and Jeff Menday as full-time assistants. Bruce managed and was a graduate assistant at Towson State, and Menday was on the Utah State staff last year. Jerry Langley, who went to City College, will be a part-time assistant.
Adrian Walters rounds out the staff at Towson State, which lost Michael Hunt to Fordham. A guard for St. Francis, Pa., in the mid-1980s, Walters spent five years at Gallaudet, four as an assistant and one as the head coach.