NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State football Director of Operations Daniel “Dynamite” Kuhn has been selected to work as part of the West squad for the 91st East-West Shrine Game. Kuhn will serve as the Offense/Defense/Special Teams Assistant under former Atlanta Falcons and notably the University of Hawai’i head coach June Jones.
The West staff also consists of former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville, former NFL players Chris Miller, Terrance Mathis, Steve Broussard, Tim Krumrie, James Fuller, Dennis McKnight, along with former pro offensive line mentor Mike Maser, and former SMU Mustang, Randall Joyner.
“It is a tremendous honor to work with June Jones and Jerry Glanville,” Kuhn said. “It is Coach Glanville who nicknamed me Dynamite, I never thought the name would stick, but there are coaches in this profession who truly don’t know my first name.”
On the week, Kuhn has been working primarily alongside veteran Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie, a recent inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. His duties have included working on charting the defensive line rotation.
"On Tuesday, we moved Aziz Shittu from Stanford, inside to tackle, which allowed CJ Johnson (Kentucky) to get some reps at end, just to find the right blend,” said Kuhn. “It is key for NFL clubs to see the versatility of a young man and can possibly move them up a round or two in the draft."
Kuhn has also been involved in implementing practice templates, special team depth chart updates and working with Public Relations of the Shrine Game, Pin Stripe Marketing. He has been instrumental in lining up post practice interviews and keeping the players on task with the NFL’s demanding background and psychological testing schedule as part of their transition from college to pro football.
“The concept of the game is to try and boost a player’s draft stock,” Kuhn stated. “More importantly, it is to benefit the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. It’s a first class game and atmosphere and I am extremely humbled and grateful to represent the Big Blue Nation down in St. Petersburg.”
Kuhn is in his second season with Tennessee State and handles the team travel and assists with the day-to-day business logistics for the football program. He also serves as video coordinator for the Tigers.
The East-West Shrine game is the longest running NFL affiliated college football all-star game and produced 90 players from last years contest to NFL camps.
"It has been one of the single greatest weeks of my life,” Kuhn added. “Perhaps the best part is sitting down with these master technicians, both the East and West coaching staffs, and just hearing old ‘war’ stories."
The game will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. with kickoff set for 3:00 p.m. CT. The East-West Shrine Game can be seen on the NFL Network.