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Colts make changes to scouting department

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The Indianapolis Colts tonight announced some changes to their scouting staff, as they promoted Todd Vasvari to senior player personnel scout, Matt Terpening to assistant director of college scouting, and Brandon Brown to advance scout. Furthermore, the Colts hired Chad Henry as an east regional scout and Joey Elliott as a pro scout.

These changes to scouting departments happen all over the NFL in the weeks following the NFL Draft. While coaching moves happen shortly after the season, for scouts the changes come shortly after the Draft. That's in essence the end of the previous season and the start of a new one, so it's a logical time to make whatever changes are needed.

Todd Vasvari has spent the past four years as the Colts' assistant director of college scouting (2012-2015), hough he enters his 19th year with the team overall. Before serving as the director of college scouting, he was the Colts' eastern regional scout for six years (2006-2011) after having been their area scout. Prior to joining the Colts, he worked with the Carolina Panthers as an area scout (1995-1997).

Matt Terpening also enters his 19th season with the Colts. He most recently was their national scout and focused on the Midwest (as well as some top players around the country) for the past three years (2013-2015), before which he was an area scout for 13 years. An interesting tidbit about Matt is that his father Bob formerly was an executive vice president for the Colts and Matt was a ball boy for the Colts as a high schooler and summer intern for the team in 1997.

Brandon Brown was a scouting assistant with the Colts in 2015 and now has been promoted to the role of advance scout in his second season with the team. Before coming to the Colts, he was with Boston College as their recruiting specialist in 2013 and their assistant director of player personnel in 2014.

Chad Henry joins the Colts after 20 seasons with the Detroit Lions, the last 17 of which were as an area scout (2000-2015). Before his time with the Lions, he was an assistant with the San Diego Chargers in training camp in 1996.

Joey Elliott comes to the Colts after spending the past six seasons in the Canadian Football League - the first five as a player and then last year as an eastern scout for the Ottawa RedBlacks. Elliott is an Evansville, Indiana native and played quarterback at Purdue from 2005-2009. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was with them during the offseason, and then he played quarterback for five seasons in the CFL (with three different teams). Since 2012, he has helped to train prospects for the NFL Draft at St. Vincent Sports Performance.