Mel Tucker has promoted one of his staff members after the first season at Michigan State.

Wednesday, the program announced that offensive line coach and run game coordinator Chris Kapilovic has been promoted to assistant head coach. He has been on Tucker’s staff in the same capacity the last two seasons, making the transition from Colorado to Michigan State with Tucker.

“I’m excited to announce the promotion of offensive line coach and run game coordinator Chris Kapilovic to assistant head coach,” Tucker said in a statement. “I believe Kap is among the best offensive line coaches in the country, college or pro. He not only puts a premium on technique and fundamentals, but also is an excellent motivator who is extremely passionate about the game of football. He understands the culture and goals of this program and is determined to get the best out of each and every player, every single day. He is a relentless and effective recruiter, and I feel very fortunate to have him as a true leader on our staff.”

Last season, Michigan State’s offense rushed for a total of 640 yards and just 2 touchdowns in 7 games, as the Spartans finished 2-5. The team’s leading ball carrier was Jordon Simmons, who totaled 219 yards on 56 touches. Connor Heyward had 200 yards on 65 carries.

Kapilovic has been coaching offensive lines throughout his career, with stops at Alabama State, Missouri State, Southern Miss, North Carolina and Colorado before arriving at Michigan State.