ASU football coaches Tony White, Antonio Pierce promoted to new roles

White will replace Danny Gonzales as the defensive coordinator, and Pierce will become assistant head coach

In the midst of several roster and coaching changes following the 2019 season, ASU head football coach Herm Edwards made two more changes to his coaching staff Thursday.

Former cornerbacks coach Tony White was promoted to replace Danny Gonzales—who left the program to become the head coach at New Mexico earlier this week—as the team's defensive coordinator.

White had coached for San Diego State before joining the Arizona State program and was well known for being a top recruiter among non-power-5 programs with the Aztecs.

Edwards' next move was promoting former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker Antonio Pierce to assistant head coach. Pierce, who joined the Sun Devil program in December 2017, served as the team's recruiting director and assistant coach of linebackers this season.

In addition to the promotion of both White and Pierce came the hiring of former Boise State offensive coordinator Zak Hill. Hill helped lead the Broncos to a 12-1 season in which the offense averaged nearly 37 points and 441.5 yards per game.

Coaches Derek Hagan and Prentice Gill were named offensive assistants under Edwards following Hill's hiring.

READ MORE: ASU football names Zak Hill as offensive coordinator amid coaching staff changes

The moves come following a slew of roster and personnel changes that leave the program with gaps to fill, including the departure of running back Eno Benjamin, QB Joey Yellen and DC Danny Gonzales.

The Sun Devils were also able to add 13 recruits on Wednesday, when the NCAA's Early Signing Period began. 

Among the players in the 2020 recruiting class include four-star WR Johnny Wilson, the 11th ranked player in the state of California and 16th receiver in the nation; RB DeaMonte Trayanum, the 5th best player in Ohio; and OLB Jordan Banks, the 21st best player in California.


Reach the reporter at aklatsky@asu.edu and follow @averyklatsky on Twitter. 

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