Coaching Staff



Ron Cooper - Assistant Head Coach - Defensive Secondary

Ron Cooper enters his first season on Head Coach Ron Turner’s staff as the Panthers’ assistant head coach as well as defensive backs coach after serving in the same role at USF for the past two seasons.

Cooper brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the Panthers’ staff, including three different stints as a defensive coordinator and three as a head coach on the collegiate level.

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Steve Shankweiler - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Steve Shankweiler enters his second season at FIU in 2014, serving as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator after one season as the team’s offensive line coach and run-game coordinator. Prior to FIU, he spent three seasons at the University of South Florida.

Shankweiler is a veteran coach with 40 years of experience, primarily teaching the offensive line. His career includes 31 seasons at the collegiate level, with another nine as a high school coach.

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Matt House - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Matt House enters his first season on Head Coach Ron Turner’s staff as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator after serving in the same role at Pittsburgh for the past two years.

House comes to FIU after spending two years as the Pittsburgh Panthers defensive coordinator (2013 & 2014) and one year as Pitt’s secondary coach (2012). During the 2014 season, Pittsburgh ranked 33rd nationally in total defense (359.8 yards-per-game).

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Jason Brooks - Assistant Coach - Tight Ends

Jason Brooks begins his second season with FIU football in 2014, serving as the Panthers’ defensive secondary coach.

Brooks arrived at FIU in 2013 after spending the four seasons in the National Football League with the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl XLVII Champions.

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Tem Lukabu - Assistant Coach - Defensive Line

Tem Lukabu enters his first season on Head Coach Ron Turner’s staff as the Panthers’ linebackers coach.

Lukabu comes to FIU after spending one season (2014) at Colgate, his alma mater, where he coached the outside linebackers.

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SHANNON MOORE - Special Teams Coordinator

Shannon Moore joins the FIU coaching staff, serving as the special teams coach, after previously spending eight seasons at South Dakota State under Head Coach John Stiegelemeier. Moore most recently served as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for the Jackrabbits.

Moore was the running backs and tight ends coach from 2006-08, before taking on the duties of special teams coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2009 season. Moore returned to coaching the tight ends in 2010, while still handling the special teams responsibilities.

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Kort SHANKWEILER - Assistant Coach - Quarterbacks / Wide Receivers

Kort Shankweiler enters his second season with FIU football in 2014, serving as the Panthers’ tight ends and offensive tackles coach.

Shankweiler came to FIU in 2013 after spending three seasons as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Michigan University.

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Greg Moss – Assistant Coach - Cornerbacks

Greg Moss enters the 2015 season as cornerbacks coach on the FIU coaching staff after serving as a defensive quality control assistant for the Panthers for the past three years, primarily working with the defensive backs. Among his many duties, Moss prepared film breakdown, developed opponent receiver reports, assisted with the offensive scout team, game day passing charts and self-scouting reports.

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Tim Harris Jr. – Assistant Coach - Running Backs

Harris, Jr., comes to FIU after one year as the head coach of Booker T. Washington High School. In his first season as head coach, Harris, Jr., the Class 4A Coach of the Year and the son of legendary Washington coach and two-time Florida Dairy Farmers Coach-of-the-Year Tim “Ice” Harris (2012, 2013), led the Tornadoes to their second-straight 14-0 record, their third-straight Class 4A state title and a No. 2 final national ranking (USA Today). The Tornadoes capped this year’s title run with a 54-35 state championship win over the Jacksonville Bolles.

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JOSH BEEKMAN - Graduate Assistant - Offense

Josh Beekman enters his second season as an offensive graduate assistant coach for the Panthers in 2014.

Beekman, a former Boston College All-American, was a four-year NFL lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. He also spent a season with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.

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Pete Collins - Graduate Assistant - Offense

Pete Collins begins his second season as an offensive graduate assistant coach for the Panthers in 2014.

Collins came to FIU in 2013 after serving in player development for Rutgers since 2010. In that role, he helped monitor and develop the Scarlet Knights in aspects of their educational process. He also worked closely with the offensive positions, and helped oversee the defensive scout team.

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Kasey Smith - Graduate Assistant - Defense

Kasey Smith is in his first season as a defensive graduate assistant coach for the Panthers in 2014.

Smith spent two seasons season volunteering for the football coaching staff during the 2012-13 campaigns. The former FIU defensive lineman first spent his senior season as a coaching intern in 2012.

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Marc Davis - Director of Football Operations

Marc Davis enters his first year with FIU Football in 2014 as the program's Director of Football Operations.

His duties at FIU will include assisting Head Coach Ron Turner with the day-to-day operations of the football program, team travel, football event management and all football related special events. In addition, Davis will assist administratively with academics, compliance, recruiting, scheduling and serves as FIU's pro liaison.

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Jedidiah Keime - Assistant Director of Football Operations

Jedidiah Keime returns for his third season with the Panthers in 2014. He has served in an operations and recruiting support role for the program since July 2012.

Keime assists in the day-to-day and game day operations of the team, along with editing practice film, game footage and opponent footage.

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