The present head coach of SMU Soccer, Sonny Dykes, prepares for the incoming season with a brand new defensive position coach and a promoted assistant coach in control of cornerbacks.
Chidera Uzo-Diribe would be the new defensive position coach and brings a few years of expertise into the defensive position coach position. He started his skilled soccer profession as a four-year letterman at Colorado with a number of accolades together with tying for sixth in sacks (20), tying for seventeenth in TFLs (31), and acquiring second in pressured fumbles (10).
Uzo-Diribe went on to rank second nationally with probably the most pressured fumbles (5), get on the watch record of two awards: the Ted Hendricks Award and the Bednarik Award, and change into a free agent in 2015 with the New Orleans Saints.
As Uzo-Diribe dove into teaching, he grew to become a Invoice Walsh NFL Range Teaching Fellow with the San Francisco 49ers and named to 247Sports’ most up-to-date 30-Below-30 record together with present SMU working backs coach Ra’Shaad Samples.
He spent two seasons as an outdoor linebackers coach in Kansas, and three seasons as a graduate assistant teaching the defensive position and outdoors linebackers in Colorado.
Stefan McClure is not any stranger to the SMU Mustangs staff and will likely be shifting up from his earlier defensive graduate assistant place to assistant coach in control of cornerbacks.
McClure will likely be bringing expertise from his time with the Indianapolis Colts (2016) and the Washington Soccer Workforce (2017).
Earlier than the NFL, McClure was a three-year starter at Cal State who served because the staff captain for 3 seasons- the one participant in Cal’s historical past to take action.
McClure was a Wuerffel Trophy Watch Record member, an Allstate AFCA Good Works Workforce nominee, and awarded honorable point out All-Pac-12 accolades. He additionally gained two awards: the Joe Roth Award and the Frank Storment Award/
McClure has already helped the Mustangs enhance together with his current mentorship of Brandon Crossley who’s ranked eighth in interceptions with 4. Crossley was later chosen to be aside of the 2021 NFL Mix and NFLPA Bowl.
Different SMU defensive gamers ranked within the American League final yr embody season starter, Brandon Stephens, who completed second within the league with 12 cross breakups, and Ar’mani Johnson who completed third within the convention with 11 PBUs.
SMU Mustangs may have their 2021 season dwelling opener on Sept. 4 vs. Abilene Christian College.
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