Kansas football’s coaching staff came one step closer to completion Tuesday night with the announced retention of a pair from last year’s squad.

Clint Bowen, who most recently served as the Jayhawks’ defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach under David Beaty, will be retained as a safeties coach, while Tony Hull will remain as running backs coach under first-year head coach Les Miles, the team announced in a news release.

“I can’t say enough great things about Clint and Tony,” Miles said in the release. “The work they have done since I have been here to help us in regards to the players already in our program and in recruiting has been extremely beneficial.”

A former KU defensive back, Bowen has spent all but three of the last 23 years on the Jayhawk coaching staff, also serving as a tight ends, running backs, and linebackers coach, special teams coordinator and, in late 2014, as the team’s interim head coach. Hull, a strong recruiter out of the New Orleans area, has spent the last three years on KU’s staff as running backs coach, adding the title of associate head coach in 2017.

“They are talented coaches and recruiters, but what sets them apart is their ability to establish strong relationships with their student-athletes,” Miles said. “Their familiarity with the program is a great asset to us as we move forward in building something special together here at KU.”

Retaining Bowen and Hull brings Miles’ first-year staff to nine, with the two joining D.J. Eliot (defensive coordinator), Chip Lindsey (offensive coordinator), Luke Meadows (offensive line), Chevis Jackson (defensive backs), Emmett Jones (wide receivers), Kwahn Drake (defensive line) and Mike Ekeler (special teams). Miles is afforded one more assistant coach to complete his staff.