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Wildcats round out coaching staff with two new assistants

Published On: Jul 30 2013 05:59:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2013 06:00:10 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

ACU head football coach Ken Collums announced Tuesday that he has added two new assistant coaches to his staff for the 2013 season, one on each side of the ball.

Former Kansas State defensive lineman Andrae Rowe has been hired to coach the defensive line, while former Texas A&M-Kingsville assistant coach Steven Thrash has been hired to coach tight ends.

Rowe joins the Wildcats after serving three seasons on the staff at Navarro College, coaching the linebackers in 2010 and the defensive line from 2011-12.

Rowe played under legendary Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder from 1997-98 and graduated from KSU?in 1999 with a bachelor of science in social sciences.  He earned his Associate of Arts from Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) in 1997.

After graduating from Kansas State, he served as the defensive coordinator at Boca Raton High School in Florida before moving on to serve the defensive line coach at Fort Scott Community College. He then went on to coach at Kansas State where he served as a student assistant working with the defensive line.

Thrash spent the two previous seasons (2011-12)?coaching the wide receivers at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Last season he helped Robert Armstrong tied the school’s single-season reception record with 67 catches for 849 yards and 11 scores as he earned all-Lone Star Conference honors.  Kingsville receivers caught 25 touchdown passes in 2012 and averaged 12.4 yards per catch.

His first season with the Javelinas (2011) was a very successful one statistically, in many areas. The single-season reception record was set at 67 catches. The receivers as a position group found the end zone 22 total times which was over half the total touchdowns. The wide receivers were also responsible for 54 percent of the total offense that the Javelinas gained in 2012.

Thrash guided two receivers to all-LSC first team honors and the 2012 Kanza Bowl most valuable player.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.