Meet South Carolina's new special teams analyst

On3 imageby:Chris Clark02/26/24
Shane Beamer introduces Joe DeCamillis

Tim McConnell has joined the South Carolina football staff as an analyst working on special teams, GamecockCentral.com has learned.

Shane Beamer dealt with two important vacancies this offseason in this key phase of the game.

Revered coordinator Pete Lembo left Columbia to become the head coach at Buffalo. Former analyst Tyler Zielenske was hired by former South Carolina assistant Jody Wright to be his special teams coordinator at Murray State.

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Beamer tabbed NFL veteran Joe DeCamillis to take over as the coordinator, and now McConnell has joined as an analyst who will work closely with DeCamillis.

McConell’s last stop was at North Texas, where he served as a special teams analyst beginning in 2023.

Here is more information on his background from his MeanGreenSports.com bio:

Prior to joining the North Texas staff, McConnell spent two seasons a Special Teams Quality Control coach at Memphis from 2021-22. In 2022, he helped Memphis kicker Chris Howard earn first team All-AAC honors after leading the league with 20 made field goals.

A New Jersey native, McConnell previously worked as a Special Teams graduate assistant at Rice from 2019-20 under current UNT Associate Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator Drew Svoboda.

He joined the Owls after spending one season at Villanova as an assistant coach where he worked with the cornerbacks in addition to serving as the special teams quality control coach.

McConnell graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in December of 2017 with a degree in Communications Studies where he also was a member of the football team as a defensive back and long snapper. The Dukes won a pair of NEC championships during his career. He began his coaching career at Duquesne after graduation, assisting with the defensive backs.

Coaching History
2017: Duquesne, student assistant
2018: Villanova, quality control
2019-20: Rice, graduate assistant
2021-22: Memphis, quality control
2023-: UNT, analyst

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