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Director of Operations
Brendt Bedsole is in his fifth season serving as South Alabama’s director of football operations, and in the offseason he added the duties of recruiting coordinator to his responsibilities for the program.
In his role, Bedsole assists with many of the program’s day-to-day activities including coordinating the budget, all aspects of travel and serving as USA’s professional scout liaison. He also has responsibilities assisting with the scheduling of preseason camp and practices, clinics and community relations projects.
Last fall, as an assistant coach, Bedsole guided USA’s outside linebackers. Under his direction, Clifton Crews collected a career-high 49 total tackles — a total that included five behind the line of scrimmage, and two sacks — while Maleki Harris added 20 to go along with a pair of forced fumbles. Bedsole was part of a defensive staff whose unit ended the year ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in total yards allowed per game.
Bedsole came to the program after working the previous two years at Hoover (Ala.) High School as a teacher and assistant football coach. In 2007, when Bedsole served on the Buccaneer football staff, HHS reached the quarterfinals of the state 6A playoffs.
Prior to his tenure at the high school level, Bedsole spent nine years as an assistant coach at four universities. He was an assistant at Samford during the 2005 and ’06 seasons — the Bulldogs finished .500 in Ohio Valley Conference action his first year on the staff — while working at fellow OVC member Murray State the previous four falls. While at MSU, Bedsole handled a variety of responsibilities, including coaching tight ends, outside linebackers, free safeties, defensive ends, and he was the program’s special teams coordinator. The Racers won 22 games during his tenure, which included advancing to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2002 after they tied for the league title with a 5-1 mark — MSU tied for second with a 6-2 OVC record in 2004 as well.
Dating back to his undergraduate days, Bedsole also served on Auburn’s staff on three different occasions. He was a student assistant during the 1987 and ’88 campaigns, later working as a graduate assistant in 1997 and again from 1999-00. In those five seasons, the Tigers played in the Sugar Bowl twice, the Florida Citrus Bowl and the Peach Bowl while compiling a 43-16-2 (72.1%) overall record and a 25-11-1 (68.9%) mark in the Southeastern Conference. AU won the league championship twice and added a pair of SEC West Division titles in his time with the program.
Bedsole also worked as an assistant at Trinity (Ala.) High School — serving as head junior varsity coach as well — in 1998.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 1989 and his master’s degree from the school in 2000. Bedsole was a walk-on for the Tigers during the 1985 and ’86 seasons, as they were 18-6 during that stretch while playing in both the Cotton and Citrus Bowls.
Bedsole — who was a corporate businessman from 1990-97 — and his wife Beth have a eight-year-old daughter, Sarah Catherine and one son, Wilson, who turned two this year.
Travis Pearson was hired prior to the start of spring practice, joining the University of South Alabama coaching staff to work with inside linebackers.
Pearson has been the defensive coordinator at Colquitt County (Ga.) High the last two seasons, helping the Packers to back-to-back semifinal appearances in the state AAAAA playoffs; the program posted an overall record of 21-7 during that span. Last fall CCHS recorded 51 takeaways en route to an 11-3 finish, while in Pearson’s first year on the staff the unit forced 38 turnovers, returning eight of those for scores.
He was the head coach and athletic director at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery during the 2009 and ’10 campaigns, and also has been a head coach at Elmore County (Ala.) High (2002-04) — where he was selected the Metro 4A Coach of the Year by the Montgomery Advertiser after guiding the Panthers to a 12-1 mark and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs his final year — and Central Hayneville (Ala.) High (1998-99). Pearson helped guide the latter to a berth in the state 4A playoffs his second season at the helm of the program.
He was an assistant at Elmore County H.S. for two years prior to becoming the Panthers’ head coach, and was the defensive coordinator for two seasons at Oxford (Ala.) High, where the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back state playoff appearances; after OHS qualified for postseason action at the 5A level in 2005, the school made the playoffs again the following fall in the 6A classification. Pearson was selected to serve as a defensive coordinator in the 2004 Alabama North/South All-Star Game, and worked at football camps conducted by the staff at Auburn for five years.
Pearson served as director of football operations at Iowa State during the 2007 and ’08 seasons as well.
A 1997 graduate of Alabama State with a degree in physical education, he was a three-year letterwinner for the Hornets. He would go on to play eight seasons in the Arena Football League for three teams, and was selected to the league’s 15th Anniversary Team in 2003.
Pearson and his wife Maria have three children: daughter Marissa (12), and sons Travis II (10) and Trevor (8).
With nine years experience at five NCAA Division I programs, Jerry Mack enters his second season as South Alabama’s wide receivers coach.
In his first year with the Jaguars, three individuals finished among the top five on the school’s season record lists for receptions and receiving yards, highlighted by the performance of Jeremé Jones; the redshirt sophomore set new standards with 45 catches and seven touchdown receptions while recording 513 yards, the second-highest total in program history. Bryant Lavender had his best season in four years as a Jag after finishing with career highs of 41 receptions and 278 yards, as did Corey Besteda, who posted 28 catches for 430 yards.
And, Mack helped Gabe Loper transition from defensive back to wide receiver during the season, with the senior collecting 17 catches for 281 yards — for a team-high 16.5 yard-per-reception average — as five wide receivers would end the year with a double-digit reception total.
In his final season at Memphis in 2011, Mack helped Tannar Rehrer rank among the top 10 in Conference USA — and among the top 50 in the country — in receptions per game after making 70 catches for 593 yards and four touchdowns. In all, six different Tiger wideouts recorded a double-digit reception total in his only season with the program while four of those individuals scored at least one touchdown.
He first worked with wide receivers as an assistant at Jackson State from 2006-07. While with the Tigers, he was part of a staff that led the program to the Southwestern Athletic Conference title in 2007, and his efforts helped Jaymar Johnson get selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2008 National Football League Draft. Mack was selected to coach in the Heritage Bowl all-star contest following his second season on staff.
Mack was the receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Central Arkansas during the 2008 and ’09 campaigns as well. The Bears finished 10-2 in his first season on staff, ranking 10th at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-AA) level in total offense while finishing 12th in the final Sports Network poll. In two seasons, Mack had three receivers earn honorable mention all-Southland Conference accolades while 14 UCA players on the offensive side of the ball received all-league recognition during that span; that included Nathan Brown being voted the conference Player of the Year in 2008.
In 2010, Mack was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions finished that fall second in the SWAC in passing and total offense, ranking in the top 30 nationally in both categories. Individually, Raymond Webber was a candidate for the Walter Payton Award— presented to the top offensive player at the FCS level — and named to eight different All-America teams after leading the country in receiving yards per contest while standing second in catches per outing. Josh Boudreaux was second-team all-conference after finishing 12th in the country in total offense and 16th in passing yards.
A native of Memphis, Mack began his collegiate playing career at Jackson State before transferring after one season to Arkansas State. He would letter three times at ASU before earning his bachelor’s degree from the school in management information systems. Mack would go on to get his master’s degree in physical education from Delta State in 2006 after serving on the Statesmen coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
He has also completed three internships in the NFL with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
Mack and his wife Starlett have two sons, Jaden and Jaxon, and one daughter, Skyler.
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Robert Matthews has seven years of collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level as he enters his second season as South Alabama’s offensive coordinator. In addition to those duties, he will once again work with the Jaguar offensive line.
Under his direction, the Jag offense set school records during the 2012 campaign in completions (244), passing yards (2,728), yards per game through the air (209.8) and first downs (252). Ross Metheny set a new school season mark with 189 completions while becoming the first USA quarterback to surpass 2,000 yards passing — he would finish with 2,148 while ranking in the top 10 in both passing and total offense yards per outing. Three Jaguar wide receivers would finish among the top five on the program’s season record list for both catches and receiving yards as well, highlighted by the performance of Jeremé Jones, who finished with 45 receptions for 513 yards and a school-record seven touchdown catches.
And, in the classroom, starting center Trey Clark became the first USA football player to earn Academic All-America accolades.
Prior to joining the USA staff, Matthews was part of the Southern Mississippi staff for two seasons, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011 while helping the Golden Eagles to a 12-2 finish and the 2011 Conference USA championship. USM defeated then sixth-ranked Houston 49-28 in the C-USA title game, then earned a 24-17 victory over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl; the Golden Eagles would also beat Western Athletic Conference champion Louisiana Tech and bowl participant Virginia while ranking in the top 20 nationally in both scoring (15th, 36.86 points per game) and total (16th, 461.36 ypg) offense.
USM averaged better than 200 yards per outing both rushing and passing in 2011, which included collecting a league-best 205.14 yards per contest on the ground. It was the second straight season that the Golden Eagles recorded better than 200 yards per game rushing and passing; in Matthews’ first year on the staff — he served as a staff assistant working with the offensive line — USM posted a then school-record 5,894 total yards while accomplishing the feat. The Golden Eagles would participate in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and end the campaign with eight victories.
Matthews served in various roles the previous four seasons at Oklahoma State, where he was part of a staff that guided the Cowboys to four bowls games during that span. As the program’s quarterbacks coach in 2009, Matthews helped OSU to a 9-4 record — which included a 6-2 mark in the Big XII Conference — and a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. He was the Cowboys’ director of recruiting in both 2007 and ’08, and served as OSU’s coordinator of football operations in his first year with the program; while in the former role, Matthews’ responsibilities included directing the school’s walk-on program as well as other internal operations.
During his tenure on the Cowboy staff Matthews worked with a pair of future National Football League quarterbacks, Zac Robinson and Brandon Weeden, with the latter chosen in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Cleveland Browns.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Georgia, adding a master’s degree from the school in science education. Matthews played three seasons for the Bulldogs, and in addition to being part of Outback and Peach Bowl champion squads he was named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll on three occasions.
Before moving to the collegiate level, Matthews was tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Oconee (Ga.) High in 1999, Camden County (Ga.) High’s wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator the following fall and offensive coordinator at North Gwinnett (Ga.) High for two seasons from 2001-02. He also served three seasons as head coach at Shiloh (Ga.) High, where in addition to guiding the program to postseason berths in the state’s highest classification he played a key role in a facility upgrade for the school that included a new strength center, locker room and coaches’ offices.
His wife, the former Laura Henderson, was a member of the Canadian national golf team for over 10 years, going on to play collegiately at Georgia prior to coaching the women’s golf team at both UGA and Oklahoma State. The couple’s first child, Lilly, turned one in April.
Defensive Ends/Outside Linebackers
Freddie Roach joined the University of South Alabama football staff to work with Jaguar defensive ends and outside linebackers following the 2012 season.
Roach comes to USA from Murray State, where he was the Racers’ defensive line coach while assisting with the strength and conditioning program last season. In 2011, he coached the defensive line and was the director of strength and conditioning at East Mississippi C.C., helping lead the Lions to a 12-0 record and the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. For their efforts, EMCC was selected the national coaching staff of the year.
Roach spent three seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Alabama, during which time the Crimson Tide won both the BCS national championship and Southeastern Conference title in 2009. Following the ’09 campaign, he was part of a staff that was selected the National Strength Staff of the Year.
He has also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Brooks (Ala.) High during the 2006 campaign, where he coached linebackers, cornerbacks and wide receivers.
As a player, Roach was a four-year letterwinner for the Crimson Tide from 2002-05, during which time he was named the national Freshman of the Year, a Freshman All-American, and was twice selected second-team all-SEC. He would go on to be selected to Alabama’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s while helping the program to three bowl appearances, also signing as a free agent with the New England Patriots in 2006. Roach graduated from the school with a degree in human environmental sciences in 2008.
Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
Brian Turner begins his sixth year on the South Alabama football staff, as he will work this fall with defensive tackles.
He worked with the entire defensive line prior to spring practice, and in that role he helped Alex Page earn second-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors following the 2012 campaign. Page was honored after posting career highs with 64 total tackles, 11.5 stops for loss and six sacks — he ranked among the top 10 in the league in the latter two categories — while as a group Turner’s unit contributed 18 of the team’s 24 sacks a year ago. Pat Moore also finished among the top 15 in the league in tackles for loss (nine) and sacks (4.5), while five linemen ended the season with at least 20 stops.
The group played a key role in helping the Jags rank second in the Sun Belt in total defense.
Jaguar defensive linemen combined to post 30 of the team’s 67 tackles for loss in 2010 as USA completed a second straight undefeated season, with Romelle Jones pacing the squad with six, Randon Carnathan and Anthony Taylor supplying five each, and Andy Dalgleish and Montavious Williams collecting four apiece; Jones and Taylor would lead the group overall with both posting 19 total stops. Turner’s unit also broke up eight passes, recovered four fumbles and blocked two kicks as USA allowed only 81.2 yards rushing, 254.6 total yards and 13 points per contest.
The previous fall, 11 of Turner’s players combined to account for 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, helping the Jaguar defense allow under 235 yards and seven points per game while going 7-0 in the school’s inaugural season. Three USA defensive linemen — Taylor, Williams and Jones — paced the group after posting double-figure tackle totals, with Taylor tying for fourth on the squad with four stops for loss.
In 2011, Jones led the Jags for the second consecutive season with seven stops for loss, while Williams added five and Dalgleish four in helping USA surrender less than 150 yards per outing on the ground while ranking 16th in the country at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level in total defense at 309.7 yards per contest.
As the program’s recruiting coordinator, Turner’s efforts assisted the Jags in putting together signing classes to help add to the talent level and depth in the program. That has included inking multiple players ranked among the best at their position by Scout, Inc., as well as numerous individuals who have helped their high schools to state championships and deep postseason runs.
Before coming to Mobile, Turner had worked the previous five years on the coaching staff at Sun Belt Conference rival Troy. In addition to serving as recruiting coordinator, he spent his last season as coach of the defensive ends after working with the safeties in 2006. A guard and center for the Trojans in the mid-1990s, Turner previously worked with the offense, focusing primarily on tight ends and wide receivers.
In five years with the program, Troy compiled a 33-27 (55%) mark overall while going 20-8 (71.4%) in Sun Belt action. The Trojans earned invitations to a pair of bowl games — they were an at-large participant in the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl, and they defeated Rice 41-17 in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl after receiving the bid as SBC champion — while winning league titles in each of his last two years.
During Turner’s playing career, the Trojans posted a 31-6-1 (82.9%) record, including the school’s first perfect regular-season (11-0) in 1995. In 1993, Troy advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs with victories over Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State, while the 1994 and 1995 squads qualified for postseason play as well.
A native of Fort Meade, Fla., Turner began his coaching career as the tight ends coach at Dothan (Ala.) High in 1996. After three seasons on the Tiger staff, he served as a graduate assistant at Troy from 1999-01. The Trojans recorded a winning record all three seasons, posting a 28-8 (77.8%) mark in that span including a 13-1 (92.9%) record in Southland Football League action. Troy won the conference championship in both 1999 and ’00 before moving up to the NCAA Division I-A level his final year; the Trojans advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs his first season as a graduate assistant while participating in postseason play the following fall as well.
His first full-time appointment at the collegiate level came in 2002, when he spent a year as offensive line coach at North Alabama before returning to Troy.
Turner joined his brother John on the USA football staff, making South Alabama one of the few programs at the NCAA Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) level with brothers patrolling the same sideline. Their father, Blaine, played football at University of Tampa and later coached at the high-school level for 30 years.
Turner completed his bachelor’s degree in social science in 2000. He is married to the former Kristi Jernigan, an All-American basketball player at West Florida who was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame; the couple has one daughter, Bryce (5).
A member of the South Alabama coaching staff since the program’s first year, assistant coach John Turner begins his second season working with Jaguar tight ends in the fall after four years guiding the offensive line.
Last fall Turner’s efforts helped Jag tight ends become a more significant factor in the USA passing game as Was Saxton (23 catches, 336 yards, 1 TD) and Greg Hollinger (22 catches, 321 yards, 2 TDs) became the first two individuals at the position to record double-digit reception totals in the same season.
In the program’s first-ever season, Turner’s unit played a key role in helping the Jaguars average better than 45 points and nearly 440 yards per outing. The offensive line cleared the way for USA running backs to record an average of more than six yards per carry, while the passing game accounted for over 170 yards per contest as the group surrendered just seven sacks in seven games. Five Jag linemen recorded five knockdown blocks per game or more, including two — Jon Griffin and Chris Brunson — who paced the group with 55 and 53 pancakes, respectively.
In 2010, the offensive line was just as effective as USA averaged more than 41 points and nearly 440 yards per game while winning all 10 outings. The unit helped the Jaguars collect more than 200 yards per game both on the ground and through the air, and it allowed just 12 sacks despite missing the services of a pair of upperclassmen for multiple games. Both Griffin and Trey Clark were credited with better than seven pancake blocks per contest, with six individuals reaching double digits in the category.
The Jaguars averaged better than 325 yards and nearly 25 points per contest last year against an upgraded schedule that featured the first two NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision opponents in school history, while the unit’s pass-blocking efforts helped USA quarterbacks throw for better than 170 yards per contest. Seven lineman were credited with at least 10 knockdown blocks on the season, while off the field Clark became the first member of the program to earn national academic honors after he was named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
A native of Fort Meade, Fla., Turner served as offensive line coach at Chattanooga beginning in 2003 and was promoted to assistant head coach following the 2005 season. His line units surrendered less than a sack per game on average over his last three years and he produced a trio of all-Southern Conference selections — tackle Josh Shinpaugh in 2005, guard Justin Matherson in 2006 and center Garrett Windham in ’07.
Turner went to UTC after one season at Western Carolina. He has also had collegiate coaching stops at Clemson as a graduate assistant for Tommy Bowden in 2001 and at Auburn in 1997 and ’98, when he was offensive line and special teams assistant under Terry Bowden. AU won the SEC West and defeated Clemson in the Peach Bowl his first year with the program, while Clemson went 7-5 and defeated Louisiana Tech 49-24 in the Humanitarian Bowl in his lone season with the program. CU spent eight weeks in the national rankings, with the highlight of its season a 47-44 overtime victory at then-No. 9 Georgia Tech.
A 1988 graduate of Jacksonville State with a degree in physical education, Turner was a standout offensive lineman for the Gamecocks in 1986 and 1987. JSU finished 5-4-1 in each of his two seasons as a letterwinner.
He began his coaching career immediately as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, working with a team that reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. The Gamecocks ended that season 10-2 overall, and they went 7-1 in Gulf South Conference play to tie for the league championship — JSU would defeat West Chester 63-24 for the school’s first postseason victory in six years.
Turner also has ties to the high school ranks in the state, coaching at Daleville High School (1989-93), Dothan High School (1994-96) and UMS-Wright Prep (1999-00). In just his second season on the staff, Daleville High advanced to the second round of the state 4A playoffs before falling 27-21 in double overtime to the eventual runner-up. After a two-point loss in the second round to the same school the following fall — this time, the opposition would go on to earn the title — his DHS team won the state championship in 1992 and advanced to the state finals in 1993.
Dothan HS advanced to the state 6A playoffs in his final year on the staff as well, while his efforts helped UMS-Wright win a pair of postseason contests to make the quarterfinals of the 4A bracket in each of his two seasons with the school.
Turner has coaching in his heritage as his father, Blaine, is a retired head coach in the Florida high school ranks, while his brother Brian is also on the USA staff.
While at Auburn, Turner earned his master’s degree in physical education in 1998. He and his wife Kim have one son, Walker Wilson (6).
Now in his third season as a member of the South Alabama coaching staff, Bryant Vincent will once again work with Jaguar quarterbacks.
He coached the position for the first time during the 2012 campaign, and with his help Ross Metheny set school season standards in four different statistical categories after competing 189-of-345 attempts for 2,148 yards and 12 scores while ranking in the top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in passing and total offense. At the end of the season, Jag quarterbacks combined to set new school season records in completions (244), attempts (449), yards passing (2,728) and passing yards per game (209.8).
In his first season with the Jags Vincent worked primarily with tight ends, as his efforts helped Kevin Helms become the first player at the position in the program to finish with a double-figure reception total after he collected 14 catches for 216 yards; both totals were among the top five on the squad overall. Individually on special teams, several Jaguars ranked among the national leaders at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision including Scott Garber (17th in punting), Jordan Means (tied for 18th in field goals per game and 69th in scoring) and Jeremé Jones (27th in kick returns), while as a team USA was eighth in the country after averaging nearly 24 yards per kickoff return.
Vincent had been a head coach at the high-school level the previous five years before coming to USA, including four at Spanish Fort High School. In addition to leading the Toros to the state 5A championship in the fall of 2010, he was twice named the Baldwin County Coach of the Year following the 2008 and ’10 campaigns. In his second year guiding the program, SFHS finished 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before falling to the eventual winner. A season later, the Toros advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs — where they dropped a 29-28 decision to the ultimate champion — on the way to an 11-3 finish before claiming the state title his last season; SFHS ended 2010 with a 13-2 mark.
In his first season as a head coach, Vincent led Greenville (Ala.) High to a 10-3 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs in 2006 one year after the Tigers finished 1-9. For his efforts, he was selected the 5A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
In five years as a head coach, he compiled a 49-16 (75.4%) overall mark — going 12-3 (80%) in the postseason — which included a 39-13 (75%) record at Spanish Fort High; the Toros finished 0-10 the year prior to Vincent’s arrival.
Vincent — who originally hails from Glasgow, Ky. — is a 1998 graduate of West Alabama, where he earned a degree in physical education. He got his start in the coaching profession as a student assistant for the Tigers in the fall of 1996, going on to coach UWA’s wide receivers the following season.
Vincent, who added a master’s degree from Troy in 2001, and his wife Holli have two sons, Brady (16) and Bret (7).
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
After serving on a staff that helped lead Alabama to back-to-back Bowl Championship Series national championships, Kevin Sherrer was named the new defensive coordinator at the University of South Alabama on Jan. 11. In addition to his coordinator duties, he will work with Jaguar defensive backs.
As director of player development the last three years at Alabama, Sherrer’s responsibilities included assisting Crimson Tide student-athletes with academics, community outreach and their personal lives. During his tenure, UA posted a 35-5 (87.5%) mark while winning the BCS national title each of the last two seasons and the 2012 Southeastern Conference championship. The Crimson Tide finished 13-1 last fall after defeating Notre Dame 42-14 in the national championship game, while they claimed the first of two straight national titles with a 21-0 victory over then-No. 1 Louisiana State. In his first season with the program, Alabama ended the year 10-3 following a 49-7 defeat of Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.
Prior to joining the staff at Alabama, Sherrer was an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High for five years, including serving as defensive coordinator the final three. In his first season on the staff the Buccaneers claimed the state 6A championship, a feat they would repeat in 2009, while in two of his other three years with the program HHS advanced to the title game. While Sherrer was on the staff, the Buccaneers posted a 61-12 (83.6%) record.
Sherrer was also the defensive backs coach at Spain Park (Ala.) High School from 2001-04, where he helped the Jaguars win 16 games his last two seasons after going 3-7 in the school’s first-ever year competing in football. SPHS finished 7-4 the following fall after qualifying for the state 6A playoffs, while in 2004 the Jaguars advanced to the quarterfinals en route to a 9-4 overall mark.
He got his start in the coaching ranks as an assistant at Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High during the 1996 and ’97 seasons; Sherrer helped lead the Wildcats to the state 6A championship in his second year on the staff as well, as they would go 21-6 (77.8%) during his tenure with the program.
He was also a graduate assistant at Alabama from 1998-2000, assisting on defense while also helping to coordinate scout teams, video breakdown and on-campus recruiting. The Tide won the 1999 SEC title and played in the Orange Bowl that season, also participating in the Music City Bowl during that three-year span.
Sherrer was a tight end for the Crimson Tide from 1993-95, during which time Alabama recorded a 29-7-1 (79.7%) overall mark while winning the SEC West Division title twice. UA ended the 1993 campaign 9-3-1 after defeating North Carolina 24-10 in the Gator Bowl, and the next season put together a 12-1 record following a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl to end the year.
He is a 1996 graduate of Alabama with a degree in physical education, and he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from the school in 2000. Sherrer and his wife Carrie have twin sons, Kaleb and Kyle.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Justin Schwind, who previously had worked with head coach Joey Jones at Birmingham-Southern, is beginning his fifth season on the South Alabama staff as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach.
In his role, Schwind is responsible for designing and implementing football’s strength and conditioning program, supervising the day-to-day operation of the football weight room and overseeing a staff that includes two full-time assistants as well as graduate and student assistants. He also assisted in the design of the weight room facility that is part of the program’s $10 million field house.
His efforts with the Jaguar football program led to his being named the 2011 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by Samson Equipment. Schwind was one of nine individuals recognized by the company, which honors recipients each year including strength and conditioning coaches from the National Football League, all college divisions and a pair of high school coaches.
Schwind also works directly with the school’s men’s golf team, and he has a hand in supervising the strength and conditioning programs for each of USA’s 17 sports.
He was at BSC for two years as the school’s head strength and conditioning coach, where he was responsible for working with all 21 programs. In addition to maintaining a schedule for both teams as well as his student assistant staff, Schwind supervised the day-to-day operations of three weight rooms — he was responsible for helping to design one of those as well.
Schwind earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Texas State in 2004, getting his start in the profession as a student assistant for the school as he worked primarily with the Bobcats’ baseball and football teams. After serving as a strength and conditioning intern at Rice, where he also assisted with neuroscience research at Baylor’s College of Medicine on a study involving athletic performance and visualization, he would go on to work as a graduate assistant for two years at Mississippi State. While in Starkville, he designed and maintained strength and conditioning programs for MSU’s track and field, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf teams.
He would earn his master’s degree from Mississippi State in physical education in 2007.
Schwind is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), United States Weightlifting Association (USAW) and the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and has received his crossfit football certification as well.
He was married to the former Erin Boles on May 18, 2013.
Assistant Offensive Line
Chase Smith is in his third year on the South Alabama football coaching staff, beginning his first season as a full-time coach as he will assist with the Jaguar offensive line this fall.
Last year, Smith was the program’s director of football operations, while he was a graduate assistant coach helping with the offensive line during the 2011 campaign. That season, the Jags — who were in the first of a two-year transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level — recorded a 6-4 mark against what was then the toughest schedule in program history.
He received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and master’s degree in ’08, both in physical education, from Jacksonville State, gaining extensive experience coaching at the high school level in Alabama after earning the first. He began as an assistant working with offensive and defensive linemen on the freshman team at Spain Park High in the fall of ’05, moving on to Greenville HS to work with running backs a year later —the Tigers would finish 10-3 while advancing to the quarterfinals of the state 5A playoffs that season.
Smith then joined the staff at Spanish Fort High, where he worked with running backs in 2007, the defensive line from 2008-09 and the offensive line in ’10. During his time on the Toro staff, SFHS put together a 39-13 (75%) mark culminating with the state 5A championship in Smith’s final year with the program. The Toros went 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2008, reached the semifinals of the state playoffs the following fall while putting together an 11-3 record prior to winning the title. Smith served as offensive coordinator that year as well, which SFHS ended with a 13-2 mark.
Director of Player Personnel
Mark Hewes has been a member of the South Alabama football support staff since the 2009 season; after serving as an equipment assistant as both an undergraduate and graduate student, he begins his third year as the Jaguars’ director of player personnel.
Hewes’ responsbilities include supervising the academic standing and progress of football student-athletes through daily collaboration with Athletic Academic Services, monitoring the APR of the football program, providing daily assistance in regards to student housing, and managing the walk-on program. In addition, Hewes serves as USA’s liaison for high school relations, assists with camps, and provides community relations.
His efforts helped the program have 52 individuals record a 3.0 grade-point average or better in at least one semester during the 2011-12 academic year, while 18 Jaguars ended the spring semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
As a student equipment manager and a graduate assistant, Hewes was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football equipment room. Those duties included the preparation, distribution and maintenance of team apparel and equipment. Hewes provided inventory levels, assisted with the purchase of apparel and equipment, developed annual budgets, and oversaw the student manager’s hours and responsibilities. His efforts helped the Jaguars record back-to-back undefeated seasons, which included a combined 17-0 record.
Prior to coming to USA, Hewes previously served three years as an athletic marketing intern at UAB from 2000-03. In that role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans for the men’s and women’s soccer and baseball programs. In addition, he assisted with the planning and coordination of all football and men’s and women’s basketball marketing and advertising plans, game day activities and promotions. Hewes was also responsible for membership initiatives, as well as design and layout of the Junior Blazer Kids’ Club newsletters.
Hewes received his bachelor’s degree from USA in 2010 and is currently pursuing his master‘s degree in communication. Hewes is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society (2010) and is currently a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA).
Hewes — who was a corporate account executive from 2003-09 — and his wife Amy have two daughters, Ella Kate (9) and Morgan (5). They reside in Daphne, Ala.
Director of Fooball Video
Errol Seaver begins his third year as the director of football video at South Alabama.
His duties for the Jaguars include coordinating the filming and breakdown of practices and games for coaches’ analysis, directing the production of motivational, promotional, and recruiting highlights, and overseeing video trades with opponents as well as other day-to-day operations of the football video department.
Seaver came to the program with seven years of college football video experience both at the school and conference level.
In 2010, Seaver was a member of the Big 12 Conference staff, with duties that included working with the league’s officials in addition to assisting with video streaming at conference championships and coordinating the exchange of video between member schools. In his role, he assisted in the breakdown and analysis of Big 12 football games for officials’ purposes, worked in conjunction with current and former National Football League officials in the evaluation of officials’ mechanics and accuracy, and produced videos for officials’ training, clinics, and conferences. Big 12 Championships that Seaver helped coordinate the stream of game action and post-event press conferences included football, basketball, soccer and wrestling.
Prior to his stint in the league office, Seaver was the football video coordinator for two years at Jacksonville State, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the video department — that included coordinated filming of games and practices, as well as the breakdown of opponent film, for coaches’ analysis and game preparation, the implementation and production of motivational and season highlight reels, and the production of recruiting and player highlights for professional scouts. He also helped the program by upgrading equipment and improving the editing process in the department, allowing coaches more flexibility with team meetings and improving the efficiency of meetings. His efforts helped the Gamecocks record back-to-back 8-3 finishes, which included a combined 12-3 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.
He also has four years experience at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), serving as the program’s football video coordinator from 2002-05. Seaver was responsible for the filming of practices and games as well as the breakdown of opponent film for coaches’ analysis at the Hickory, N.C., school, and he helped the Bears upgrade from an analog to a digital video editing system.
A native of Hickory, N.C., Seaver is married to the former Lindsey Kenz. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication, electronic media/broadcasting in 2008 from Appalachian State, and his master’s degree in public administration/athletic administration from JSU in ’10, and is a member of the Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Equipment Operations Manager
Jeff Bailey is in his sixth season as USA’s equipment operations manager. In his role, Bailey is responsible for fitting and ordering all equipment — including practice and game uniforms, helmets, shoulder pads, shoes and cleats — for the football program. He is in charge of maintaining inventory levels and projecting future equipment needs, assists in coordinating the Jaguars’ practice and game day itinerary, and oversees the program’s staff of student managers.
He came to South Alabama after serving as the equipment manager and director of football operations at Prattville High School since August 2003, where he worked for former Jaguar assistant coach Bill Clark. At PHS his responsibilities included ordering, organizing and distributing equipment for more than 200 student-athletes on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams, maintaining facilities and grounds, supervising the Lions’ managers and ball boys, organizing travel arrangements and organizing public events for fund raising.
Prior to working at PHS, Bailey served as the recreation coordinator for the City of Prattville Parks and Recreation Department for six years, where he assisted in managing the city’s recreation program. He also served as equipment manager for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double A Minor League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, during the summer of 2005.
A baseball player at Huntingdon (Ala.) College in 1983, Bailey and his wife Jan have five sons; Justin (26), Jarrett (24) — a four-year pitcher for the Jaguar baseball team — Codey Owens (21), and twins Travis and Trevor Owens (16).