By now, you have probably seen the headlines. “Kansas Leads The Big 12 In Recruiting For The 2018 Class”, “Kansas Recruiting Class Ranks In The Top 10”, and even our own, “Kansas Lands Three 4-Star Commits On Biggest Recruiting Day In Program History” All of those headlines are thanks to one man, Tony Hull. The Jayhawk’s running backs coach is crushing it on the recruiting trail.
For his hard work, Coach Beaty announced on Wednesday via Twitter that coach Hull is being promoted to associate head coach and, according to KUSports.com, will see his salary increase from $150,000 to $400,000.
Excited to announce Tony Hull has been promoted to Associate Head Coach!! He definitely #EarnedIt!!!
— David Beaty (@beaty_david) February 8, 2017
The Jayhawks have landed 6 commits out of the state of Louisiana in the last week, two of which rank in the top 60 in the country. So how is Hull successfully raiding the heart of the SEC? Well, he has LSU to thank for that. Hull, who’s from New Orleans, was a high school coach in the state of Louisiana before coming to Kansas. He had a relationship with several of the recruits already. So, when LSU demoted running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, a move that upset several Louisiana recruits, Hull was able to get guys to buy into building something in Lawrence.
If landed several high-profile commits wasn’t impressive enough, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger revealed that this is somewhat of a second career for coach Hull. He was a freaking engineer for NASA before deciding to pursue a career he was more passionate about. What?!
“It’s a pleasure in this business to reward people for a job well done,” Zenger said. “And the thing about Tony that I think it’s important for people to know is this isn’t just about recruiting.
“Tony has a way with players that’s important for this program. We’re talking about a former engineer at NASA. He’s an impressive guy who gave up that career for what he felt was a calling to go back and be a teacher and a coach and affect young people’s lives.”