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WKU Football announces additions to support staff

ByJulie J. Helfer

Apr 8, 2022

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Football has announced the addition of six new members to its support staff.

Hilltoppers will be welcome Justin Brown as Director of Player Engagement, Connor Coker as Deputy Director of Football Equipment Operations, Zach Kramme as director of scouting, John Kuceyeski as Director of Player Personnel, Jim Meussling as Deputy Director of Football Operations and Meghan Reider as Director of Recruitment Operations.

Brown most recently served as wide receivers coach and co-coordinator of special teams at Bethel University, a position he held beginning in 2019. While at Bethel, he mentored the kick returner NAIA All-American footer J’Kobi Reddick and MSC All-Conference wide receivers. James Dixon and Caleb Roebuck. Prior to that, Brown was a graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech University. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, he coached the running back squad while guiding Braden Springer and Bryan Allen to conference honors. In 2015 and 2016, Brown coached halfbacks and tight ends, including American halfback Chris Eastburn.

Prior to Arkansas Tech, Brown began his coaching career at Athens High School in 2012, where he coached wide receivers for three years while helping coordinate the team’s passing game. Prior to the start of his coaching career, Brown played college football at the University of North Alabama, Butte College, and Miles College as a wide receiver. He received his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Athens in 2013 before completing his master’s degree in teaching from Arkansas Tech University in 2018.

Coker previously served as director of students at Appalachian State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As Senior Student Manager, Coker supervised all student managers during day-to-day operations and managed student manager scheduling while maintaining and verifying inventory.

Prior to becoming chief student director in 2020, Coker served two years as student director at App State. During this time, he planned and facilitated equipment operations for over 100 student-athletes on the football team while preparing equipment for road games.

Kramme most recently served as director of recruiting for the University of Tennessee football program at Chattanooga. There, he served as Pro Liaison and oversaw the execution of the team’s Pro day. He also orchestrated the signing of SOCON’s first recruiting class (20and in FCS) for the 2020 season, which included a school-record seven three-star prospects.

Prior to joining the UTC staff, Kramme graduated from Georgia Southern in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. While a student at Georgia Southern, Kramme served as a recruiting assistant for the football team, a position he held for two years. In this role, he identified, assessed and collected prospect data and video to provide guidance to the coaching staff. Kramme also helped the Eagles reach the Sun Belt’s top recruiting class in 2018.

Kuceyeski previously served as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Eastern Illinois University for three seasons from 2019-21. While at the EIU, he coached three All-OVC newcomers, two All-Conference winners and a Freshman All-American.

Prior to that, Kuceyeski worked at Cornell University coaching the Running Backs and Tight Ends for one season before becoming an offensive line coach for two years. He also made stops at Iowa State University as director of scouting, the University of Toledo as recruiting coordinator, and Western Michigan University as director of player personnel. Kuceyeski was a graduate offensive assistant coach at Northwestern University, where he helped with the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and special teams. Kuceyeski graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in finance while serving as a student manager and assistant undergraduate coach during his four years at the school.

Meussling most recently served as assistant director of football operations and director of video operations at Eastern Illinois University. While there, he utilized and managed program resources to enhance the player experience, including new gear, additional clothing, and facility upgrades. Meussling also coordinated tours for student-athletes and NFL staff while at the EIU.

Prior to joining the staff at Eastern Illinois, Meussling graduated from Aurora University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. While at Aurora, he served as a trainee coach, which involved overseeing the day-to-day operations of staff and players while managing the delegation of team equipment and facilities. He is the son of Todd and Sandi Meussling and has three older sisters: Lauren, Mary Ann and Madeline. Meussling is also engaged to his fiancée, Abby Cisna.

Reider previously served as director of football operations/campus recruiter/pro-liaison at Wofford College. While there, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football program, including managing team travel logistics, budgets, arranging official and unofficial visits, and liaising with the compliance office. In the 2021 season, Reider coached the scouting team offense in an interim role for a short stint, making her the first woman to hold a football coaching position in the Southern Conference.

Prior to her time at Wofford, Reider was a scouting operations assistant at Northwestern University during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, in which the Wildcats won the 2018 Holiday Bowl. While at Northwestern, she organized tour itineraries leads and coordinated travel details for coaches recruiting tours. Reider graduated from Valparaiso University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management while also serving as assistant director of football operations during her four years as a student.