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Published: Friday, 1/9/2009

Rockets' Beckman adds pair of coaches


New University of Toledo football coach Tim Beckman has announced the hiring of two assistants.

Jason Candle will coach the inside slot receivers and running backs. He comes from Mount Union College, where he has been part of three NCAA Division III national championship teams in his six seasons as an assistant.

Candle also played on two national championship teams for the Purple Raiders as a receiver.

Patrick Graham will coach the defensive line.

Graham was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame the last two seasons, working with all aspects of the Irish defense. He played as a defensive lineman at Yale.

Already on the Rocket staff are Mike Ward (assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator), Matt Campbell (co-offensive coordinator/running game), Alex Golesh (tight ends/recruiting coordinator) and Paul Nichols (co-defensive coordinator).

"Jason Candle and Patrick Graham are excellent additions to our staff," Beckman said. "Just like the four coaches we hired previously, Jason and Patrick are quality individuals who have been important parts of winning programs."

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