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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood has announced several changes to the coaching staff for the 2015 season.

Two new faces have joined the Colonel staff this year – Walt Wells and Brian Landis.

Wells will serve as an assistant head coach while in charge of the offensive tackles and tight ends. Wells has more than 20 years of experience as both an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. This is Wells’ second stint at EKU. He served six seasons under Roy Kidd from 1997-2002 as an offensive line coach and tight ends coach.

Wells spent the 2014 season at New Mexico State as the Aggies’ offensive line coach. In 2013, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at USF. Prior to joining the USF coaching staff, Wells spent 10 years at Western Kentucky.

Landis has been hired to coach the Colonel safeties. He joins the EKU staff after a 13-year run on the Georgetown College coaching staff as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Landis played football for the Tigers and was captain of the Georgetown squad that went on to win the 2000 NAIA national championship.

After playing one year of arena football with the Lexington Horsemen (2004) as a defensive back, Landis returned to Georgetown College as an assistant coach.

There has also been one change of coaching responsibility within the current football staff. Ben Hodges, who had coached the tight ends the previous three years, will now coach the outside linebackers and special teams.

Spring practice for the current Colonels is set to begin on Monday, April 6. Eastern’s spring game is scheduled for Thursday night, April 30.