FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football head coach Jerome Souers has announced the hiring of offensive line coach Adam Stenavich and cornerbacks coach TJ Rushing on Tuesday. The former NFL players will help elevate a Lumberjack football program that finished second in the Big Sky and made a trip to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
Stenavich comes to NAU after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant on the University of Michigan staff, where he worked with the offensive line and quarterbacks. During his stint with the Wolverines he helped coach two-time Big Ten Lineman of the Year Taylor Lewan, First Team All-Big Ten guard Patrick Omameh and Rimington Trophy winner David Molk.
He was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten offensive tackle at the University of Michigan. He started 39 games during his four-year career and helped lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten Championship in 2003 and 2004. Stenavich went on to have a five-year career in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.
Rushing joins the NAU staff after spending 2013 as a graduate assistant with Arizona State University. He was an assistant secondary coach with ASU, where the Sun Devils ranked first in the Pac-12 in interceptions.
He played collegiately at Stanford University, where he was a 2004 First Team All-Pac-10 selection. Rushing finished his career as one of the top three kick returners in school history with 1,409 yards. He had a five-year stint in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was a cornerback. During his time in Indianapolis the Colts won the AFC Championship in 2006 and 2009, in addition to winning Super Bowl XLI.