Mike Bloomgren hired Gerard Wilcher to coach corners and made the hire of Drew Svoboda official this week, finishing out his inaugural staff. Wilcher's been around, coaching for nearly 30 years. He comes to Rice from Delaware State where he served the past two years as the defensive coordinator.
Wilcher's made stops at Seton Hill, Lehigh, Cornell, and UMass. Svoboda made Klein Collins high school into a regional powerhouse in his team seasons leading the Tigers. He's also served as President of the Greater Houston Greater Houston Football Coaches Association and was on the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association. Those connections will come in handy for Bloomgren and his staff.