TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
Football Adds Two Local Coaches To Staff
Feb. 11, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU has hired Byron McCall, former defensive coordinator at Terry Parker High School, as its new defensive line coach, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. McCall replaces Mike Spencer, who was named the defensive coordinator at Jackson High School. Gilbert also added Luther Price from Mandarin Middle School as a volunteer offensive assistant coach.
McCall spent last season coaching the linebackers and serving as defensive coordinator at Terry Parker. Prior to that, the former Mississippi State Bulldog spent a season as linebacker coach and director of football operations at Edward Waters College during the Tigers' first season of football after the reinstatement of the program in 2001.
"Byron's outstanding personality, exceptional work ethic and high level of intensity will be an excellent addition to our staff," says Gilbert, who is entering his sixth season as the Dolphins' coach this fall. "He has all the tools and prior coaching experience to help elevate our young defensive line, which returns in full, to the next level."
McCall started his coaching career as an administrative assistant under Jackie Sherrill at Mississippi State in 1999, when the Bulldogs finished 10-2 and led the nation in both total defense and rushing defense. After spending one season with the Bulldogs, McCall coached the linebackers and offensive line at South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss., where he also taught physics. McCall then moved to Jacksonville and began teaching math and science at Edward Waters in the summer of 2001.
As a player, McCall was a four-year letterman at Mississippi State (1990-95) as both a linebacker and fullback. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1995, then earned his Master's in secondary education from MSU in 2000. McCall spent three years working as an engineer before entering the teaching and coaching profession in 1998.
Price will work with the Dolphin offense with primary focus on the tight ends. He worked as receivers coach at Mandarin Middle School in 2001, as well as working with defensive backs. The former U.S. Marine began his coaching career as a player/coach with the Marine Corp in Cherry Point, N.C., from 1989-92.
The Dolphins open their sixth season of football - third as a member of the Pioneer Football League - on Sept. 6 at Lenoir-Rhyne College.