When Jedd Fisch was hired as the Arizona Wildcats new head football coach, many fans were disappointed that he didn’t have any ties to the UA.
His coaching staff will.
In a move that will excite the fan base, Fisch is expected to hire former UA All-Americans Chuck Cecil and Ricky Hunley, according to Yahoo!’s Pete Thamel, who reports that Cecil will coach the defensive backs and Hunley will work with the front seven.
Source: New Arizona coach Jedd Fisch is expected to hire on his defensive staff two former Wildcat players who are College Football Hall of Famers. Chuck Cecil is expected to be a DBs coach and Ricky Hunley is expected to work with the front seven.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 30, 2020
Cecil, who played safety at the UA from 1984 to 1987, has been with the program since 2017 as an analyst. He also was the interim defensive coordinator when Marcel Yates was fired during the 2019 season.
Before that he coached in the NFL for 15 years, including two seasons as the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator.
Hunley, who played linebacker at Arizona from 1980 to 1983, has not coached since 2015 when he was a defensive line coach at Memphis, but he has two decades worth of coaching experience, including stops with Florida, Missouri, the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Football Team.
At Arizona, Hunley was a two-time All-American and the first Wildcat to ever be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. He was the 7th overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft and spent seven seasons in the league.
Cecil, a former walk-on, was later enshrined in the CFB Hall of Fame after finishing his UA career with 392 tackles and a program-record 21 interceptions.
He was a consensus All-American in 1987 and was selected in the fourth round of the 1988 draft. He also spent seven seasons in the NFL and was a Pro Bowler with the Green Bay Packers in 1992.