Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—Head football coach Jeff Farrington has added three new members to his coaching staff as Greg Harris, Nic Cardwell, and Joe Novotasky have been hired as the team gears up for spring drills.

Greg Harris comes to North Greenville University from Virginia Military Institute where he spent the last eight football seasons. Harris was a position coach at VMI before taking over the defensive coordinator position for the Keydets in 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Harris was a four- year lettermen at VMI from 93-97, playing both Tight end and wide receiver. After graduation, Harris went into private business for six years, earning a Mark of Excellence Award while working for Hughes Supply Incorporated. He and his wife, the former Lorrie Clark, have two children, a son, Dakota, and a daughter, Madelyn. He will coach the outside linebackers for the Crusaders.

Nic Cardwell comes to the NGU football program from Appalachian State, where he served as a graduate assistant, working with the team's tight ends. Cardwell coached the Mountaineers during the 2008 season, but left the program following its conclusion, spending two years in the private sector, before returning to App. State. He spent the 2011 season serving as the assistant director of the Mountaineers Strength and Conditioning program upon returning to Appalachian State.

Cardwell found his way to the field again in 2012, resuming his role working with the tight ends. Cardwell was a walk on at Appalachian State in 2003, quickly making a name for himself as he finished his career as a team Co-Captain and three-time national champion. He earned his criminal justice degree in 2008, and is a native of Kernersville, North Carolina. Cardwell will coach the offensive line at North Greenville. He and his wife, Kira, have a son named Kai.

Joe Novotasky returns to North Greenville after spending several years in the high school ranks, coaching the defensive line at Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina. Novotasky is a graduate of NGU, earning both his sport management degree, as well as his masters in business administration. The three-year starter was part of NGU's Victory Bowl team in 2006.

Novotasky moved directly into coaching after his graduation in 2010, assuming the role of graduate assistant under second year head coach Jamey Chadwell. Novotasky spent two seasons with NGU as a coach, helping the team to another Victory Bowl title, as well as an appearance in NGU's only trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs where NGU advanced to the quarterfinals. Novotasky currently resides in Greer and will resume his role of coaching the defensive line at North Greenville.