USC football coach Will Muschamp needed only to look down the hall to find the man to fill he opening on his coaching staff created by the departure of linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler to Texas. Muschamp announced Friday Kyle Krantz will return to an on the field coaching position to fill the 10th assistant’s role again. He will work with the defensive backs and coordinate the special teams.
Krantz was on the coaching staff the last two seasons working with SAM linebackers, Nickel backs and the special teams. He was moved back to an analysts position to make room for the addition of Mike Bobo as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Here’s more on the hire from the USC release
“After interviewing multiple people for the position, I determined Kyle is the best fit for our staff,” said Coach Muschamp. “Kyle has assisted with our special teams for the past four years, including on the field in each of the past two seasons. He has done much of the legwork and game planning for those units, and can also bring some new ideas to that facet of the game. Having Kyle take over the coordinator duties will also make for a seamless transition for our players.
“On the defensive side of the ball, Kyle will assist Travaris Robinson with the defensive backs,” continued Coach Muschamp. “I will coach the inside linebackers while Mike Peterson will continue to coach the outside linebackers and John Scott will be in charge of the defensive line.”
Krantz, 32, has been part of the Gamecock football program for the past four years and has worked with Coach Muschamp for the last seven years. He served as a defensive analyst for the Gamecocks from 2016-17, before moving to an on-field role in 2018 as the special teams assistant while coaching the Nickels and SAM linebackers. He briefly returned to an analyst position earlier this month in a staff reshuffling before another on-field position became available. Krantz owns 11 years of coaching experience, including nine seasons in the SEC as part of four different programs.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, the Denver, Colo., native is married to the former Brittany Hauck.