UAM Football Hires New D-line Coach, Graduate Assistants

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MONTICELLO – University of Arkansas-Monticello’s head football coach Hud Jackson has announced staff changes for the upcoming 2015 season.

Quad Sanders has been hired as the team’s new defensive line coach. Marcus Hill, who has served as UAM’s defensive line coach since prior to the 2011 season, will now coach the offensive line. In addition to those two changes, Jackson has added two new graduate assistants to his staff in Drew Hall and former player Davis Stephens. Hall will coach the receivers, while Stephens will assist in all areas of defense.

tv Sports reflection 10db“We are extremely excited about our new hires,” said Jackson, who is in his fifth season as the head Weevil. “I am also excited to move Coach Hill over to offensive line. He was a great offensive lineman at UAM and has experience coaching the position. I really believe the o-line will benefit from his knowledge and tenacity he brings to the position.”

Sanders comes to UAM after serving one season in the same capacity at Western State Colorado University. The former Central Arkansas Bears football player began his coaching career at UCA as a graduate assistant defensive line coach. He also helped in scouting and special teams.

After leaving UCA, Sanders landed a job at McPherson College in Kansas, where he served as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In addition to his on-field coaching duties, he was also the team’s academic liaison. He will also have academic duties at UAM.

Sanders holds a pair of degrees from UCA – a bachelor’s degree in health education obtained in 2009 and a master’s degree in health sciences earned in 2012. He is originally from Grenada, Mississippi.

“Quad is a very intelligent and detailed coach that will bring a great dynamic to our guys on the defensive line,” said Jackson. “He played for us when I was at UCA, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that he is a very hard worker that will put a lot of pride and passion into what he does here at UAM.”

Drew Hall comes to Monticello after serving the 2014 season as receivers coach and video coordinator at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. During the 2013 season, he coached tight ends at his alma mater, Murray State University in Kentucky. The St. Louis, Missouri native graduated from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

“Drew’s work ethic and attention to detail was evident during the hiring process,” said Jackson. “We are always excited to bring someone in that will offer something new and fresh to the table.”

Davis Stephens moves from student assistant coach to graduate assistant coach. Throughout a three-year playing career at UAM, the Clarksdale, Mississippi native totaled 82 tackles, 19 tackles for losses and 10 sacks. He will continue to aid in coaching the defensive line and take over as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Stephens recently completed his bachelor’s degree at UAM in general studies.

“We are excited about keeping Davis Stephens in our program,” said Jackson. “He brings a great deal of intensity to our staff and team.”

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