Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele has a new lieutenant to help coach his "Special Forces" squad. Jack Taylor, a former player of Mele's who was most recently an assistant coach at Division II Tarleton (Texas) State, has joined the Cougars as a special teams graduate assistant coach

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Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele has a new lieutenant to help coach his “Special Forces” squad.

Jack Taylor, a former player of Mele’s who was most recently an assistant coach at Division II Tarleton (Texas) State, has joined the Cougars as a special teams graduate assistant coach.

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Taylor spent the last year at Tarleton State coaching the defensive line. Prior to that, he coached the defensive line for two seasons at Texas A&M-Commerce, and was defensive coordinator for one season at Keystone Heights High School in his hometown of Keystone Heights, Fla.

Taylor started his college playing career at West Texas A&M before he transferred to Wingate (N.C.) University, where he played three seasons at defensive end from 2009-12 and finished second on Wingate’s all-time career tackles-for-loss list, with 34.5.

Taylor’s time at Wingate overlapped with Mele’s tenure as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach there from 2007-11.

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