Missouri State head football coach Terry Allen has announced the addition to two assistant coaches to complete his staff or the upcoming 2011 season.
Officially joining the Bears' coaching ranks are defensive secondary coach B.J. Stotser and inside linebackers coach Taiwo Onatolu.
"With both of these guys, we are getting quality coaches who understand the game and can communicate well with our players," head coach Terry Allen said. "B.J. has been here, and it's great to give him an opportunity. Taiwo is a good fit for us and has coached the same defense at Nebraska-Omaha. Both will be great additions to our staff."
Now in his sixth season with the Missouri State program, B.J. Stotser joined the Missouri State coaching staff on a full-time basis on June 27. He came to the MSU program in August of 2006 as a graduate assistant during Terry Allen's first season at MSU and assisted long-time defensive backs coach Rob Bolks in the Bears' secondary.
He maintained his status as GA through the 2008 season when he completed his master's in sports management from Missouri State. In December 2008, he stayed on with the MSU staff as a volunteer assistant, continuing to work with the defensive backs, but also assuming additional duties such as advance scouting, breaking down game film, defensive game plan and scouting reports, defensive signal implementation and press box coaching on game day.
During the spring of 2010, Stotser changed over to assist with coaching outside linebackers before current OLB coach Wayne Chambers officially began his coaching tenure.
The native of Wellsburg, Iowa, played his college football at Northern Iowa where he was part of three Missouri Valley Football Conference championship teams in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The 2001 squad reached the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals, while the 2005 Panthers advanced to the FCS title game in a 21-16 loss to Appalachian State.
He completed his bachelor of arts in physical education with an emphasis in sports psychology and a minor in coaching from Northern Iowa in December 2005.
Stotser and his wife, Liz, reside in Springfield. The couple is expecting their first child in October.
Taiwo Onatolu (TY-woah on-uh-TOE-lou) joined the Missouri State staff on July 18. He is a native of Papillion, Neb., and has spent the last four seasons as an assistant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Onatolu was recruited to UNO as a standout linebacker out of Papillion-LaVista High by current MSU Associate Head Coach D.J. Vokolek. He went on to start four seasons for the Mavericks, earning All-NCC first-team honors three times and All-America first-team honors in 2004. He was the North Central Conference's most valuable linebacker in 2004 after posting 98 tackles and 5 interceptions. He was in on 71 tackles as a senior, helping him earn All-America second and third-team honors by different agencies.
He finished his four-year stint at UNO as the program's No. 2 all-time tackler with 371 total stops. He also tallied 46.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 7 interceptions and 182 solo tackles in 44 games. He helped the Mavericks to a pair of NCC titles and a 2005 playoff appearance.
After completing his degree in Communication, Public Affairs & Community Service from UNO in 2006, Onatolu stayed with Coach Pat Behrns' UNO program for two years as a graduate assistant coach and one year as a restricted earnings coach, working with the squad's linebackers. He coached All-American safety Randy Kush in 2007, the school's all-time leader in interceptions.
He moved to full-time status in March 2010 and helped UNO to a combined 29-16 ledger during his four years on staff, including NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Onatolu's twin brother, Kenny, is currently a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. He was also an All-NCC linebacker at UNO and began his pro career in the Canadian Football League.
The new coaching tandem will be on hand Thursday (August 4) when Bears' players officially report for fall camp. The Bears begin the 2011 campaign at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 3.