TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2001
Football Names Shap Boyd Assistant Head Coach
June 12, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University defensive coordinator/secondary coach Shap Boyd has been promoted to assistant head coach, JU head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. Boyd has been with the Dolphin program since 1999.
"Shap has done a terrific job as our defensive coordinator," says Gilbert, who will lead the Dolphins into their first season in the Pioneer Football League this fall. "The players have a great deal of respect for him, and his promotion to assistant head coach is a direct result of his hard work, loyalty and dedication to the JU football program."
Under Boyd's direction, the Dolphin defense ranked 13th in the nation last season in turnovers gained with 32, while junior linebacker Tommy Swindell earned All-America honors after recording a school-record 103 tackles and leading the nation in fumbles gained with nine. As a team, JU also ranked third in the country with 20 fumbles gained and 25th nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Boyd served as JU's secondary coach in 1999 before being promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2000 season. His defensive backs picked off 13 passes in 1999 as the Dolphins finished the season ranked 12th nationally with a plus-1 turnover margin (31 takeaways). Prior to joining the Dolphin football program in 1999, Boyd spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando and more than 15 years in the collegiate coaching ranks.
JU opens the 2001 season at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. The home opener for the Dolphins against Davidson on Sept. 8 marks JU's first-ever game in the Pioneer Football League. Game time is set for 1 p.m.