Dawson Odums named interim head coach at Southern
BATON ROUGE, LA — Defensive coordinator Dawson Odums was named interim head coach Friday after athletic director William Broussard announced Stump Mitchell was no longer leading the charge.
The Jaguars are 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in SWAC play.
Below is the biography of Odums from http://www.gojagsports.net
With over 13 years of coaching experience under his belt, Tyrone Odums enters his first season as the Jaguars defensive coordinator and academic liaison.
Odums joins the Jaguars defensive staff after the three seasons in various positions at Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference traditional power, North Carolina A&T. Odums, most recently served as the Aggies Defensive Coordinator in 2010 after having served as the schools Defensive Line coach and special team’s coordinator in the previous two seasons.
Under Odums guidance, the Aggies players thrived both defensively as well as through special teams play. Brandon Jackson became the first Aggie in five seasons to record more than 100 tackles in a season with 106. D'Vonte Graham led the MEAC in interceptions with seven.
The Aggies returned four kicks for touchdowns, blocked four punts -- one for a touchdown -- and had two players ranked in the top 20 in kickoff return yardage per game. N.C. A&T special teams ranked in the top 50 in punt return defense (26th), kickoff return yardage per game (46th) and kickoff return defense (15th).
The Aggies also had several special teams’ highlights under Odums leadership. Quay Long shattered a school record with a 96-yard punt return against Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 31, 2009. Punter Alex Grubb had five punts over 50 yards and placed 18 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Before going to N.C. A&T, Odums spent four seasons at Division II Clark Atlanta. From 2002 to 2003, he served as the Panthers assistant head coach, the defensive coordinator and the recruiting coordinator. In 2004, he earned his first opportunity to head a collegiate program when he took over as Clark Atlanta's interim head football coach. A year later, the interim label was removed from his title as he became the Panthers head coach.
Following his coaching stint at Clark, Odums became an assistant at the Aggies’ MEAC rival, Bethune-Cookman University. From 2005-2007 he coached the Wildcats' defensive line.
Odums has also been an assistant at Georgia Southern and Gardner-Webb.
He spent two seasons at Georgia Southern where he coached linebackers in 2000 and in 2001 coached the Eagles defensive ends. The 2000 season was a special year for Odums as he assisted the Eagles to the Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) National Championship.
Odums continues to improve his coaching philosophy and techniques by attending camps and conferences. He was recently selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Expert Coaches Academy in Orlando, Fla. In the 2010, he was one of only 25 coaches selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the NCAA Coaches Academy in Indianapolis. The Academy is designed to train minorities for head coaching positions.
A native of Shelby, N.C., Odums began his coaching career returning to his high school alma mater, Crest High School. Odums turned in a stellar playing career for the Eagles of North Carolina Central University in Durham as a three-year starter and an All-CIAA selection his senior year, where he also served as a team captain. Following his playing career, he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1997