Vanderbilt today confirmed the hiring of seven assistant coaches to Derek Mason's football staff.
In a release, the Commodores announced the additions of Karl Dorrell (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks), David Kotulski (defensive coordinator and inside linebackers), Gerry Gdowski (wide receivers), Keven Lightner (offensive line), Vavae Tate (defensive line) and Kenwick Thompson (outside linebackers).
Charles Bankins was retained from James Franklin's staff and will coach running backs and special teams.
Two assistant positions remain unfilled. Those coaches are expected to be designated for defensive backs and tight ends.
Dorrell was UCLA's head coach from 2003-07, posting a 35-27 record, and served as quarterbacks coach of the Houston Texans from 2012-13. He has been an offensive coordinator at Washington, Colorado and Northern Arizona, and his NFL stops have included coaching receivers in Miami and Denver.
Kotulski coached Stanford's inside linebackers the last two years while Mason was defensive coordinator of the Cardinal. Tata also worked under Mason as part of Stanford's defensive staff.
Gdowski and Lightner come from Ohio University, where Mason established ties while coaching wide receivers there from 2005-06. Thompson just completed his first season as defensive coordinator at San Jose State.