Former Michigan State assistant lands new gig at Toledo
Former Michigan State assistant coach has found a new job on Toledo’s coaching staff.
Wednesday morning, Jordan Strack of WTOL reported that longtime Michigan State assistant Mark Staten has accepted a position with the Toledo coaching staff. He will coach tight ends and offensive tackles for the Rockets after spending 13 seasons with the Spartans.
Staten was not retained by new head coach Mel Tucker following Mark Dantonio’s retirement. He was the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in East Lansing every year that Dantonio was in charge.
I’m told that Toledo Football has added Mark Staten to their coaching staff. He will coach TE’s & Offensive Tackles. He’s been an assistant at Michigan State for the last 13 years. pic.twitter.com/KpTd873EZs
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 1, 2020
Before heading to Michigan State, Staten had also been on Dantonio’s staff at Cincinnati. He worked with the head coach for a total of 16 seasons.
Staten played college football in the MAC and was a four-year starter at Miami (OH). After a strong college career along the defensive line, he spent two years in the NFL.
Toledo is coached by Jason Candle, who has been with the program since 2015. The Rockets finished 6-6 last fall but did not appear in a bowl game. It was the only time Toledo did not reach the postseason in Candle’s five seasons at the helm.