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App State's outside linebackers coach no longer with Mountaineers program

App State's outside linebackers coach no longer with Mountaineers program

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Appalachian State is looking for a new outside linebackers coach after a recent departure in its football program. 

Cortney Braswell, who was hired before the 2020 season, is no longer on the staff. His last day was Friday, according to the athletics department.

Braswell, 33, was hired as part of Shawn Clark's first coaching staff. Braswell spent the 2019 season as a quality control coach at Louisville.

The Mountaineers were tied for 16th in the nation in scoring defense (20 points allowed per game) and 17th nationally in total defense (328 yards allowed per game). 

Braswell has quickly become one of the more notable up-and-comers in the coaching profession. He was selected by the American Football Coaches Association for the 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute in December. AFCA held its annual convention virtually last week. Braswell gave a presentation during the three-day event, which is a prime spot for head coaches to fill out their staffs.

Braswell helped to carry on the progression of the Mountaineers' outside linebackers group, where Brendan Harrington shined in his sophomore season. Harrington led the team with four interceptions to go with his 48 total tackles. 

Clark is trying to fill his second vacancy. Former offensive coordinator Tony Petersen took a similar position at Illinois in December.

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