According to a report from Inside Carolina’s Greg Barnes published on Tuesday, UNC has added former Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie to the same position on head coach Larry Fedora’s staff.
Gillespie was let go by the Volunteers this past February by new head coach Jeremy Pruitt after spending the previous five seasons working under Butch Jones.
In 2015, he was named Tennessee’s recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach–positions he held while helping to develop New Orleans Saints halfback Alvin Kamara, the 2017 AP NFL Rookie of the Year.
The most important factor of Gillespie’s move to Chapel Hill, however, is that it fills out Fedora’s staff following the recent departure of wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Although Luke Paschall–another new addition to this year’s group of Tar Heel coaches–was previously set to work with the running backs, he will now coach wide receivers in Brewer’s place.
This leaves Gillespie to fill in the role he has become comfortable with, having also performed the same job at South Carolina, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
The 38-year-old was a standout running back for the Florida Gators from 1998-2001, and also brings with him a solid reputation as a recruiter.
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