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Heupel hires SEC staff member to initial Tennessee coaching staff

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Josh Heupel has hired Jake Breske away from Missouri to serve in a ‘director of recruiting-type role,’ according to a report from John Brice of on Tuesday morning.

Breske just completed his fifth year at Missouri. This past season was his first in the role of director of recruiting for first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.  Breske spent the four years prior at Mizzou on the recruiting side, including the 2018-19 seasons as director of recruiting operations. He help the Tigers put together a 2019 recruiting signing class that ranked 31st nationally, a ranking that has been surpassed at Missouri only twice in the last 10 years.

Breske joined the Tiger staff prior to the 2016 season as a recruiting assistant, and served in that role for two seasons before stepping into the lead role.  He came to Mizzou after spending three seasons at Valley City State University (North Dakota), working with the quarterbacks in 2013 and picking up offensive coordinator duties in 2014 and 2015.  The Vikings went a combined 21-10 in those three seasons, claiming a conference title with a 9-2 season in 2014.

Before that, Breske spent 2012 in an assistant coaching role with Webster (South Dakota) High School – his alma mater in his hometown of Webster.  He began his coaching career with a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at his collegiate alma mater – the University of South Dakota, where he played quarterback and graduated with a Psychology undergraduate and a Masters in Kinesiology and Sports Science.

Breske comes from a football family, as his father was a high school coach for 33 years and is a member of the South Dakota Football Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Both of his older brothers played college football.

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