Salukis add two assistant coaches to staff

    Keith Murphy, photo courtesy of New Mexico State Athletics

    Keith Murphy, photo courtesy of New Mexico State Athletics
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    March 4, 2014

    CARBONDALE, Ill. – Saluki Football Head Coach Dale Lennon has announced the addition of two assistant coaches to complete the coaching staff for the 2014 season. Keith Murphy will coach tight ends and special teams, and Ashton Aikens is the new wide receivers coach.

    Murphy most recently coached four seasons at New Mexico State where he worked with wide receivers for his first season and tight ends for his final four seasons. He also coached special teams all four years with the Aggies. Prior to his time at NM State, Murphy was the St. Louis Rams’ assistant special teams coach and offensive quality control coach from 2007-08. Before the Rams, Murphy spent eight seasons on the Eastern Washington coaching staff, where he coached wide receivers and special teams. Murphy was a wide receiver and also played on special teams for the University of Washington, where he was a member of two Pac-10 championship teams including the Huskies team that played in the 1993 Rose Bowl.

    Aikens spent the last two seasons working with special teams quality control at Northwestern. Prior to his time with the Wildcats, he spent two years as the wide receivers coach at Trinity International University. During his first season at Trinity International, Aikens was a graduate assistant and also coached tight ends. He became a full-time assistant coach at Trinity International for the 2011 season and was named the special teams coordinator in addition to his duties as receivers coach. Aikens was a wide receiver and a four-year letterwinner at Northwestern from 2001-04 and played under head coach Randy Walker. As a senior, he received NU’s Rashidi Wheeler Award.