Tuesday August 13, 2008 (Defensive Back Coaches)
"Deserving Credit" is a series highlighting some of terrific and/or lesser known coaches throughout the country that based on their hard work are worthy of national recognition.
John Loose (Lafayette College): For those of you that follow Patriot League football, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Lafayette defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach John Loose is deserving credit. Week in and week out, Loose has prepared his players to play sound coverage and tough in run support. Several coaches have mentioned Loose to our staff and most have mentioned that Loose's secondary will not beat themselves. A year ago, the Leopards finished #1 in the country in total defense and 4th in America vs. the run. Lafayette only allowed 16.9 points per game and finished 15th in pass efficiency defense. Loose has used his experience coaching the secondary earlier in his career at Army and the US Coast Guard Academy to help the Leopards' defense.
Charles Kelly (Georgia Tech): When head coach Paul Johnson arrived at Georgia Tech, he chose to retain veteran coach Charles Kelly from Chan Gailey's staff. Smart move! Although Kelly will not coordinate the special teams at Tech as he had done the last 2 seasons, he will return to his familiar position back in the secondary. It's in the secondary that Kelly made a name for himself while at Nicholls State University from 2002-2005. An innovative and fiery coach, Kelly will direct the Yellow Jacket cornerbacks this season. Coaches in the profession will tell you, Kelly's hiring will pay off for the Jackets. Not only does he possess a great understanding of the x's and o's, he understands Jimmy's and Joe's. Charles Kelly will put his players in position to succeed.
Andre' Bruce (Samford University): Former TCU standout defensive back Andre' Bruce is entering his 2nd season coaching the defensive backs at Samford University. Having served as a graduate assistant under current TCU head coach Gary Patterson, Bruce has been around some great defensive units. Over the last few years, Bruce has worked his way from Emporia State (defensive coordinator) to Rice University (strength & conditioning coach) to Samford University. Over the years, TCU defensive assistants have become wanted coaches. Heck, the Horned Frogs have played consistently well on defense ever since Dennis Franchione took over. Look for Bruce to be the next in line of TCU defensive coaching tree to land a coordinator's position.
Marcus Woodson (Millsaps College): Keep your eye on Millsaps College secondary coach Marcus Woodson. At Millsaps, Woodson works side by side each day with former Alabama head coach Mike Dubose. Not many coaches at the D3 level have the opportunity to work with such a great defensive mind. It wasn't too long ago that Dubose was giving fits to SEC offensive coordinators. Last season at Millsaps, the Majors defense finished #2 in the country in passing efficiency and 12th overall in total defense. Look for Woodson to have opportunities to make the transition to D1 after this season.