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Originally published: 2013-01-31 15:01:18
Last modified: 2013-01-31 15:01:18

Two coaches will run ASU's offense

by Staff Reports

When Appalachian State goes into spring practice, it will have two offensive coordinators.
Dwayne Ledford, who is in his second year as Appalachian State’s offensive line coach, and Frank Ponce, a longtime assistant at Florida International University, will serve as Appalachian State’s co-offensive coordinators.

Head coach Scott Satterfield made the announcement Thursday.

Ledford will coordinate the Mountaineers’ running game and continue to coach the offensive line. Ponce will coordinate Appalachian’s passing game and coach quarterbacks.

Ledford coached an offensive line that paved the way for a vastly improved offensive attack in 2012.
The Mountaineers averaged 464 yards of total offense per game last season despite an offensive line that had no seniors and battled injuries. That was good for ninth nationally and nearly 74 yards more than the Mountains averaged in 2011.

Appalachian rushed for 170.3 yards per game last season, surging from 55th to 39th in the national rankings in the span of one season.

The Mountaineers also surrendered just 24 sacks. It was the sixth fewest in the nation for any team with at least 430 pass attempts.

“Despite being really young on the offensive line, like we will be again in 2013, coach Ledford did a great job of getting the running game going last season,” Satterfield said in a news release. “He is a natural choice to serve as co-offensive coordinator, so we can continue to expand on the success that we had running the football.”

Ponce spent the past six seasons (2007-12) as the wide receivers coach at Florida International. He worked under Satterfield for the two seasons that Appalachian’s head coach served as FIU’s offensive coordinator (2010-11).

Ponce coached six of the top 10 receivers in FIU history during his six seasons at FIU, including three-time All-American T.Y. Hilton.

“Coach Ponce is a terrific coach that, thanks to our time together at FIU, has run our offense and knows what we’re trying to do, especially in the passing game,” Satterfield said. “Additionally, his recruiting prowess, especially in south Florida, will be a great asset to our program going forward.”