NEW YORK - Ben McDaniels, Columbia's offensive coordinator since December 2011, has taken a position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive assistant, Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Pete Mangurian announced today. Jaime R. Elizondo, a veteran football coach with experience at all levels has been named Columbia's new offensive coordinator.
"Change is inevitable in football. It happens every year. The challenge is to be prepared, and we were," Coach Mangurian said. "Jaime (Elizondo) was at the top of my list when I was putting together my staff, and he is a natural fit. He has offensive coordinator experience at a high level. He's coached quarterbacks at a high level, and I'm happy to have him on board."
Elizondo comes to Columbia from the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League, where he served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. He coached three offensive players to the 2010 CFLPA All-Star honors. Elizondo coached at Syracuse University as a wide receivers coach in 2009, just after a year with the Montreal Alouettes.
From January 2004 to March 2008, Elizondo was the special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Hofstra University. He also served as the assistant recruiting coordinator at the University of Maryland.
Elizondo graduated from University of Maryland in 1997. He received his JD from American University College of Law in 2002.
Also joining the staff is Wendell Davis, a former two-time first-team All-America at Louisiana State University and wide receiver for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, who will coach the wide receivers.
Davis was an assistant wide receivers coach/offensive quality control with the San Francisco 49ers in 2009-2010, and coached at Palo Alto High School in 2011-12. Just recently, Davis coached in the East-West Shrine Game.
"Wendell was the most fundamentally sound wide receiver I've ever worked with," Coach Mangurian said. "I have confidence that he can bring our players to that level."