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Arkansas State adds 3 assistant coaches

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has added assistants to the staff for the coming season. Keith Heckendorf, Sean Coughlin and Malcolm Kelly. ASU made the announcement Wednesday.

Heckendorf will be the offensive coordinator and take the play-calling duties from Anderson. Anderson is trying to reduce his workload as his wife, Wendy, continues her fight against breast cancer.

Heckendorf spent the last eight seasons in multiple roles at North Carolina, including the last five as quarterbacks coach.

Coughlin will be the running game coordinator. He spent the past 13 seasons as an assistant at Missouri State.

Kelly will be the outside wide receivers coach. Kelly was a two-time All-Big 12 wide receiver at Oklahoma and has spent the last two seasons at Houston as an offensive graduate assistant coach and offensive analyst.

The new hires replace tight ends coach Buster Faulkner, offensive line coach Allen Rudolph and receivers coach Chris Buckner.

The Red Wolves went 8-5 this season and lost to Nevada December 29 in the Arizona Bowl.

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