Former Florida linebacker Jerry Odom, a veteran assistant coach in the college and high school ranks, was named as the new defensive coordinator by head coach Kerwin Bell in the spring of 2010.
It didn’t take long for him to make his mark as the Dolphins recorded 32 sacks, 16 interceptions and gave up only 29 touchdowns last season. The team also was second in the nation in turnover ratio.
“I thought he did a terrific job (in his first year),’’ Bell said. “ Jerry reminds me a lot of myself in that off the field he’s a very gentle guy and when you step between the white lines he’s going to make sure he wins and I love that attitude about him. He carries that passion to his players and they understand that’s the way they’re going to play. He’s been a big key to our success.’’
Odom joined the JU staff after serving as head coach at Live Oak High School in 2009, guiding the team to a three-game improvement from the previous year with a 5-6 record.
His collegiate coaching career is highlighted by two years at East Carolina as a defensive coordinator, as well as three years on the staff at Florida – working his way up from graduate assistant to linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
As a high school coach, Odom compiled a 30-17 record in four seasons as head coach, going 25-11 in three seasons at Coffee High School in Douglas, Ga.
Odom also has experience coaching in the professional ranks, serving as assistant head coach, fullbacks/linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Soul in 2008, which won the Arena Football League title.
He is also a familiar name in Florida, having played four years at the University of Florida (1987-90), leading the Gators in tackles in 1990 as well as being named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 1987.
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