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Blue Bears add three assistants
Hughey's new Livingstone defensive coordinator
 
Published Sunday, July 21, 2013 6:58 pm
by Herbert L. White

Livingstone football has a new defensive coordinator and added a pair of new assistant coaches.


Interim head coach Daryl Williams promoted defensive backs coach Rodney Hughey to defensive coordinator and hired Brian White (offensive line) and Rodney Simmons (defensive line).


“Moving Hughey into the role of defensive coordinator is a great transition for him and the program being that he knows the players quite well and is very knowledgeable of the program we are instituting,” Williams said in a statement. “With Hughey as defensive coordinator I’m 100 percent confident we will be able to stop people and play good defense with his leadership. Hughey brings enthusiasm and energy to the players and the coaches.”


Hughey, who is in his fourth season at Livingstone, helped the Blue Bears to the top of the CIAA in pass defense and NCAA Division II top 25 ranking in 2010. In 2011, Livingstone led the CIAA in interceptions and finished in the top 10 nationally.


Prior to Livingstone, White was the run game coordinator at St. Francis and had previous stops at Texas Southern (2008-10), Kentucky State (2006-08), Lock Haven (2005-2006) and Youngstown State (2002-04).


“Coach White brings with him a wealth of knowledge, unbridled passion and genuine concern for the well-being of the student-athletes he comes across,” Williams said. 


Simmons joins the Blue Bears staff after six seasons as an assistant at Morehouse.


“Coach Simmons has unmatched energy and is a detailed oriented professional,” Williams said. “He is inspiring to our athletes and I am excited to have him as part of our football family,” Williams said.


Simmons played football at Lane (Tenn.) from 1995-99, earning four letters and two all-SIAC selections at defensive end before joining the coaching staff.
The Blue Bears open the season against Johnson C. Smith in the Commemorative Classic on Sept. 7 at Memorial Stadium.

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