Manny Crisostomo / mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Sacramento State football coach Jody Sears announced Tuesday that Samuel Lawanson and James Montgomery had been added to complete his coaching staff for the 2014 season. Lawanson was hired to coach running backs, while Montgomery will serve as an offensive assistant.

Sacramento State fills remainder of football coaching staff

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 - 9:47 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Sacramento State football coach Jody Sears announced Tuesday that Samuel Lawanson and James Montgomery had been added to complete his coaching staff for the 2014 season.

Lawanson was hired to coach running backs, while Montgomery will serve as an offensive assistant.

Lawanson played linebacker for Fresno City College before moving to San Diego State in 1995-96. Most recently he was at Arizona State as manager of player development (2013) and defensive quality control coach in (2012).

Montgomery was a star running back at Cordova High School, where he was The Bee’s Player of the Year in 2005 after rushing for 2,183 yards and 39 touchdowns.

He also was a Parade magazine All-American and a first-team all-state selection by CalHiSports.com.

Montgomery played at Cal in the 2007 season after redshirting before transferring to Washington State, where Sears was the defensive coordinator.

Montgomery was a quality control coach under Sears at Weber State in 2013.

“James has a bright future in this profession and I’m glad to have him back on my staff,” Sears said in a statement. “I recruited him to come to Washington State and think the most of him.”

Sears was brought to Sac State by Marshall Sperbeck in January as the Hornets’ defensive coordinator. He became head coach upon Sperbeck’s resignation in April.

Note – Sacramento State senior wide receiver DeAndre Carter and UC Davis senior fullback Dalton Turay were named to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-American third team, it was announced Tuesday.

Carter was a first-time All-Big Sky Conference selection last season with 64 catches for 934 yards and a school-record 14 touchdowns. Turay was not selected based on statistics, carrying the ball just three times for 12 yards last season, but rather for his run-blocking ability. The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder from Pleasanton helped pave the way for the Aggies to average 152.8 yards per game. He also caught 13 passes for 159 yards.

– Jason Jones



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