Dixie State University head football coach Shay McClure announced Tuesday the hiring of Blake Rolan as the program’s new offensive coordinator. Rolan brings to the Trailblazer program more than a decade of experience at the NCAA Division I FBS and FCS levels.
“I’m really excited to get coach Rolan here on campus,” McClure said. “Blake will bring a new excitement and new overall mindset to an offense that I believe will continue to develop as we move forward.
“Blake brings with him a lot of [FBS/FCS] experience and has had the opportunity to work with some top-quality athletes. He has put together an offense and got to work with quality coaches, including his mentor [current Georgia offensive coordinator] Jim Chaney, who I have gotten to know well and love his offensive philosophy and how he packages things, and I know Blake is going to bring that to us.”
Rolan comes to Dixie State after spending the 2017 season as an offensive analyst at Kentucky, where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 7-6 record and a bid to the Franklin America Mortgage Music City Bowl. Prior to his stint at UK, Nolan served as wide receivers coach at the University of Cincinnati from 2013-16, and he helped guide the Bearcats to three bowl appearances in four seasons.
Rolan began his coaching career at Kentucky’s Country Day High School, where he served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He moved on to Auburn, where he worked as a graduate assistant coach over quarterbacks and tight ends from 2007-09. Then after a one-year stint as running backs coach at West Georgia in 2009, Rolan worked in quality control at the University of Tennessee for then-offensive coordinator and current Georgia OC Jim Chaney from 2010-12.
A native of Rome, Georgia, Rolan played quarterback and tight end at Middle Tennessee State from 2000-03. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education at Louisville in 2005, and he earned a master’s degree from Auburn in 2008. He and his wife, Bennett, are the parents of three children.
Dixie State completed its 2017 season with a 5-6 overall record, which included a tied for fifth place finish (5-5) in its second season in the RMAC.
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