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Russell mentored STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award winner A.J. Hines in 2016. Hines, the first Northeast Conference player to win one of the STATS FCS major individual awards, earned NEC Rookie of the Week a conference record 10 times on the way to being named NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2015, Russell guided Duquesne's balanced rushing attack to 2.091 yards and 16 TDs. DU running backs earned NEC Offensive Player of the Week honors four times (Rafiq Douglas three times and Klartel Claridy once) and Rookie of the Week once (P.J. Fulmore) during the season. Douglas led the NEC with 11 touchdowns.
Russell, who was an integral part of DU's 1973 Club Championship team, played for the Dukes from 1971-74. He also served as Duquesne's head coach from 1984-87 - taking the reins for Dan McCann who was on a medical leave of absence.
This will be Russell's 26th season as an assistant at Duquesne. In four previous stints, he served on the staffs of McCann (1975-83 & 1988-92), Greg Gattuso (1994-98) and Jerry Schmitt (2005-08). Russell, who played quarterback, halfback, wide receiver, tight end and defensive back as an undergrad, has been just as versatile as a coach where he has served as defensive coordinator as well as coach at a number of different positions. He was a part of three Duquesne Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship teams.
Russell, who was named Duquesne's Athlete of the Year in 1974, completed his degree in education in 1975. He was inducted to the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Russell, who recently retired from the Pittsburgh Public School system after 39 years of service, resides in the Mount Washington section of Pittsburgh.