CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College head football coach Tommy Spangler announced the hiring of Mitch Doolittle as PC’s defensive coordinator and Taylor Cornett as tight ends coach on Friday. Both have already begun their respective roles with the program.
Doolittle, a 2007 PC graduate, returns to his alma mater after five seasons as the secondary coach and co-special teams coordinator for Mercer. Under Doolittle’s watch, Mercer totaled double-digit interceptions in each of his first three seasons, leading the SoCon in 2014 with 13 INTs.
Before his five-year stint at Mercer, Doolittle spent time at Savannah State as linebackers coach and assisted with special teams. Prior to that, he served as graduate assistant at UAB for two seasons and a program coordinator at Georgia for a season, working primarily with linebackers and the secondary at both stops.
Doolittle was a member of the PC football team from 2003-06, when Spangler previously served as head coach. The native of Ninety Six, S.C. played quarterback, wide receiver and special teams for PC, helping the Blue Hose to a 10-2 record and a South Atlantic Conference Championship in 2005.
Cornett spent last season as an offensive assistant with the Blue Hose, primarily coaching the tight ends, before receiving the promotion to full-time status. The native of Columbia, S.C. spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Appalachian State in 2014 and 2015 prior to joining PC, coaching tight ends in his final season with the Mountaineers.
Before his time at App State, Cornett coached wide receivers, tight ends and special teams at Brevard for the 2013 season. His coaching career began at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla. in 2011. He served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for two seasons, while also coaching the offensive line during his time at the high school level.
Cornett earned a pair of All-Conference honors at the tight end position during his four-year playing career at The Citadel. He graduated from The Citadel in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.