Craddock

Former Arkansas and SMU offensive coordinator Joe Craddock is coming to Troy. 

New Troy football coach Jon Sumrall has announced the first additions to his coaching staff in new offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and defensive coordinator Shiel Wood on Dec. 27.

Craddock will also serve as Troy’s quarterbacks coach is coming to Troy after two years as the tight ends coach at UAB.

This isn’t Craddock’s first stint as an offensive coordinator, however, serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SMU from 2015-2017 and holding the same position at Arkansas from 2018-2019. At SMU, Craddock was the youngest offensive coordinator in FBS. Craddock’s SMU offenses broke a number of records during his time there and his 2017 team ranked No. 8 in the entire country in scoring offense. That team was also one of just two in the entire country that season to feature a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. Craddock was a finalist for the Broyles Award that season, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

“Joe is one of the brightest young offensive minds in the country and already has vast experience as a coordinator at the highest level of our sport,” Sumrall said. “His connections within the State of Alabama as both a high school and collegiate coach will prove invaluable on the recruiting trail.

“His offensive system causes opposing defensive staffs fits and thrives because of its ability to adapt and adjust based on the skill of the players on the roster.”

Braddock’s offensive style has gone from an “Air Raid” style of spread offense at SMU to a bruising run-based two-back formation when he was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

Prior to taking over at SMU, Craddock was a graduate assistant at Clemson from 2013-2014 and served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Briarwood Christian High School from 2010-2011. Craddock grew up in Chelsea and was a quarterback at Middle Tennessee. He also played professionally overseas for the Parma Panthers of the Italian Football League from 2009-2010, even winning the league’s Super Bowl Italiano in 2010. Craddock threw for 5,934 yards and 81 touchdowns in his two seasons in the IFL, including six touchdown passes in the 2010 Super Bowl Italiano.

Wood will serve as both the defensive coordinator and safeties coach after spending the past two seasons as the co-defensive coordinator. He also served as inside linebackers coach this season and safeties coach in 2020.

“Shiel Wood comes from a great coaching tree on the defensive side of the football,” Sumrall said. “He is an excellent motivator and leader of young men, and his two years of experience at Army only strengthen those aspects of his character.

“Shiel is going to be an excellent addition to our coaching staff, and I have no doubt that he will continue the tradition of hard-nosed defense that is synonymous with Troy football.”

Shiel’s 2021 Army defense was ranked 17th nationally and was also one of the least penalized defensive unit in the country. Army linebacker Andre Carter is also tied for first place in the country in sacks with Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. with 15.5 sacks on the season.

Before coming to Army, Wood was the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Georgia State in 2019. He also served as the safeties coach and special teams assistant at Georgia Tech in 2018.

Wood served as an assistant coach at FCS school Wofford from 2007-2017. He started out as Wofford’s receivers coach from 2007-2010 and then safeties coach from 2011-2017. He was also the school’s defensive coordinator in 2017 and served as recruiting coordinator from 2016-2017.

During his lone season as defensive coordinator at Wofford, his squad led the Southern Conference in rushing defense and second in total defense. Wofford was also No. 26 in total defense in the entire FCS.

Before moving to college football, Wood coached at Woodrum High School in South Carolina in 2006. He is a South Carolina native and and played college football as a receiver for Wofford.

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