As the Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano continue their search for the right assistant coaches, they have been very meticulous about finding guys, no matter where at. The most recent name seems to be Morgan State head coach, who according to multiple reports is leaving his head coaching position to become the wide receivers coach for the Colts.
Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reported the news, while the Baltimore Sun received confirmation from Hull, who called it "bittersweet."
Hull just finished his second season in charge of Morgan State's football team, and in two years there he went 11-12. In 2014, the team made the FCS playoffs for the first time in school history while setting or tying 57 school records. The successful season earned Hull the Coach of the Year award from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Before his time at Morgan State, he was the wide receivers coach for Maryland for six seasons (2008-2013), where he coached players such as Darrius Heyward-Bey and Torrey Smith. Before that, he was the wide receivers coach at Oregon State for three seasons (2005-2007) after two as running backs coach (2003-2004), coaching Steven Jackson. He was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Holy Cross, for five seasons prior to that, coaching linebackers (1998), wide receivers and kickoff coverage (1999), and wide receivers, passing game coordinator, and kick return (2000-2002). He also served as an intern with the San Diego Chargers in 2000-2001.
The interesting thing about the addition of Hull is that he fills the role of a staff member who has yet to be fired. Jim Hostler just finished his first season as the Colts' wide receivers coach and is still listed on the team's coaching staff page. A report last week from FOX Sports' Alex Marvez could prove to be key here: Marvez said that Hostler was staying on the Colts' staff but that he may or may not be changing roles. That gave the impression that the Colts might be looking for a new receivers coach, and it appears they have found one. The tight end coach position is still open, so if the Colts want to they could move Hostler there, but he has never coached the position before. Instead, if Hostler really is going to stay on staff, he could become an offensive assistant or something like that.
It seems the Colts are serious about improving their wide receiver position and maximizing the talent at the position, as the reported hiring of Lee Hull comes soon after it seems the Colts hired Andrew Hayes-Stoker as assistant to the head coach. Hayes-Stoker, of course, most recently coached wide receivers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With talented young players such as T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett at the receiver position, it makes sense for the Colts to focus on the area and want to develop them well.