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February 10, 2012

Wake Forest names two to football coaching staff

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe has announced the addition of Jonathan Himebauch and Derrick Jackson to the Demon Deacon coaching staff.

Himebauch, most recently the offensive coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, will join the Wake Forest staff as offensive line coach. Jackson joins the Deacons after serving as the defensive line coach at Rice during the 2011 season and will coach Wake Forest's outside linebackers.

Himebauch joined the Argonauts in December, 2011 as offensive coordinator. He previously served as theoffensive line coach for the Montreal Alouettes for three seasons from 2009-11. The Alouettes won the CFL Championship, the Grey Cup, in 2009 and 2010 before falling in the CFL Playoff Semi-Finals in 2011.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in English, Himebauch was a two-year starter at center and helped the Trojans to a victory over Northwestern in the 1996 Rose Bowl.

Himebauch played in the CFL for the Argonauts in 1999 and spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. He played in the XFL with the Los Angeles Xtreme and with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe between 1998 and 2001.

He landed his first coaching position as a graduate assistant coach at UNLV with his former USC coach John Robinson in 2000. Himebauch earned a master's degree in education from UNLV in 2002.

Himebauch moved to Santa Barbara City College in 2002 before joining the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL as offensive line coach in 2003. He returned to UNLV in 2004 as the offensive line coach before being named head coach at Harvard-Westlake High School for the 2005 season.

After one year in the prep ranks, Himebauch joined the San DiegoState staff in 2006 and spent three years with the Aztecs coaching theoffensive line. He moved to Montreal in time for the 2009 season.

With Himebauch taking over Wake Forest's offensive line, offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke will coach the tight ends and fullbacks.

"I feel like we've really helped ourselves in hiring two guys who will be excellent recruiters, excellent coaches on the field and excellent rolemodels for their players," said Grobe. "With Jonathan, we'll be able to do something I've wanted to do for awhile and that's let Lobo coordinate the offense and Jonathan will do a great job coaching the offensive line and bring us some good ideas that will help us offensively.

"Derrick has lots of good coaching experience, is a proven recruiter, and from a pass rush standpoint, will give us some good ideas on rushing the passer. His background in the pass rush will help us improve defensively."

A 1993 graduate of Duke with a degree in history, Jackson started 40 consecutive games at safety for the Blue Devils and finished his career with 262 tackles and six interceptions. Jackson started as a red-shirt freshman on the 1989 Duke team that posted an 8-4 record, claimed a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and earned a trip to the All-American Bowl. He was selected as the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Back in both 1991 and 1992.

Following his graduation from Duke, Jackson spent six years in the private sector before embarking on his coaching career in 1999.

Jackson's first coaching stop was at West Georgia where he spent three seasons (1999-2001) tutoring the tight ends. From 2001-02 he worked with the defensive line at Army before heading to Eastern Illinois for two seasons from 2003-04.

After a stint as the defensive tackles coach at Northern Illinois in 2005, Jackson became the defensive line coach at Michigan State in 2006 before moving to Syracuse for three years from 2007-09. With the Orange, he coached the defensive line and spent the 2008 season as co-defensive coordinator.

Jackson tutored the Akron defensive line in 2010 and spent the 2011 season at Rice where he again worked with the defensive line.



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