Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line
Osita Alaribe (Ala - Ree - Bay) enters his first season as defensive coordinator at Alabama State.
Prior to coming to Alabama State, Alaribe spent eight years at Tennessee State. While at TSU, Alaribe was the Defensive Line Coach (2009-16), Recruiting Coordinator (2010-14) and Co-Defensive Coordinator (2011-14). He spent the 2015-16 season as the Defensive Coordinator for the Tigers.
The 2013 season proved to be one of the best defensive years in TSU history. The Tigers defense ranked first in the country in Total Defense for eight straight weeks, finally finishing at sixth in the nation. In Scoring Defense they finished 7th in the nation and in Opponents 3rd Down Conversions the Tigers ranked third in the nation. The Tigers stout defense was ranked tops in every major defensive category in the OVC which helped produce a 10-4 record and first playoff appearance since 1999.
The defense was led by junior defensive end Anthony Bass that was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year, FCS All-American and 1st Team All-OVC. Bass finished with 10 sacks and 14.5 TFL’s. Another defensive lineman that was mentored by Alaribe was three time All-OVC senior defensive end Antonio Harper who finished with 7 sacks and 13 TFL’s. The defense finished with (37) total sacks for the season which ranks 21st in the nation and (111) tackles for loss with ranked fifth in the nation.
In 2012, Alaribe helped develop a Tigers defense that ranked first in Total Defense only giving up 361.6 yards per game and ranked second in Scoring Defense allowing 22.8 points per game. Alaribe also was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Internship with the Oakland Raiders for their 2012 fall training camp.
In 2011, Alaribe helped develop a Tigers defense that only allowed 150.6 rushing yards per game and was ranked second in conference. The Tigers were also ranked 22nd in the nation and first in the OVC in total sacks.
As recruiting coordinator, Alaribe has helped produce the No. 1 2013 and 2012 recruiting classes and the No. 3 2011 class among FCS HBCU’s according to Boxtorow’s annual rankings.
Alaribe arrived at TSU after a three-year term as the defensive line and outside linebackers coach with Ouachita Baptist University.
While at OBU, Alaribe tutored two all-conference players and was part of a team that had its first winning season in 25 years.
Before OBU, Alaribe spent two seasons as defensive line coach at Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C. help winning the Eastern North Carolina Division Championship leading to the North Carolina 3AA State Championship.
The Raleigh, N.C. native played collegiately at North Carolina A&T State University as a defensive lineman and was a team captain. He helped lead the Aggies to two MEAC Championship titles (1999 and 2003) and one HBCU National Championship (1999).
Alaribe earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication from NCA&T in 2004 before receiving his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Henderson State in 2008.
He and his wife, Uzo, have one daughter, Ogechi and reside in Montgomery, Ala.
Mark Orlando begins his third season on the Hornet coaching staff after spending four seasons at SWAC member Prairie View A&M.
This is Orlando's second stint with head football coach Brian Jenkins, as Orlando served in the same capacity at Bethune-Cookman in 2010 in helping the Wildcats to the MEAC title.
In ASU’s first season under the guidance of Orlando, the Hornets offense averaged 25.5 points per game, sixth in the SWAC. The Hornets were also sixth in total offense averaging 373.5 yards per game.
The Hornets showed a balanced attack as it finished with 2,104 yards passing and 2,005 yards rushing.
During his second year, the Hornets offense averaged 25.4 points per game and 386.3 total yards of offense. Alabama State totaled 2,245 yards on the ground and 1,824 in the air.
Orlando spent two stints as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Southern (1993-2001, 2004-09), helping the Jaguars win four SWAC titles and four HBCU national championships. In between Southern stints, Orlando spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Texas Southern (2002-03).
Orlando, who played quarterback at Florida State, began his coaching career at Lincoln High in Tallahassee (1976-77). He moved into collegiate coaching at Florida A&M (1978-83), winning the inaugural Division I-AA National Championship in his first season.
During his tenure at Tennessee State (1984-90), Orlando was running backs coach for the Tigers and was promoted to offensive coordinator in his final season. Orlando then spent two seasons at Winston-Salem State (1991-92).
Grady Brown returns to the sidelines at Alabama State and enters his first year as secondary coach.
Prior to returning to Alabama State, Brown spent the past four years at the University of South Carolina where he was the secondary coach.
Before his arrival in Columbia, Brown spent the previous two seasons as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles' cornerbacks coach. During the 2011 campaign, Southern Miss was No. 7 nationally in pass efficiency defense (108.47 rating) and set an NCAA record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with eight.
Brown came to Southern Miss after spending the previous year and a half working in the strength & conditioning area and assisting as a defensive intern at LSU.
Brown went to LSU after working a season at Texas Southern where he was the safeties coach and also the community outreach liaison. His arrival to TSU came after a six-year stint as the secondary coach at Alabama State.
Brown began his coaching career in 2000 at his alma mater, Alabama A&M, before being promoted to the rank of a full-time assistant coach for the 2001 campaign.
After completing his high school career at Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Ala., Brown played defensive back for Alabama A&M from 1995 through 1998. After his senior season, he played one season with the Tennessee Valley Vipers in the Arena Football League.
Brown graduated from Alabama A&M with a degree in mathematics education in 2000. He is married to Rashidah Brown.
Amp Campbell enters his second season at Alabama State in charge of the cornerbacks.
Campbell brings an impressive resume to the Hornets program that spans 15 years.
He spent the three previous seasons (2013-15) as the cornerbacks coach at Kent State which followed three years at Western Michigan (2010-12). He coached both the secondary and corners at WMU.
In 2010, Campbell’s first year at Western Michigan, the Broncos had a pair of defensive backs rank in a tie for 15th in the country in interceptions. Mario Armstrong and Lewis Toler had five apiece. Toler, who was named Freshman All-America by Rivals.com, ranked second in the MAC with five interceptions, also had three fumble recoveries.
Prior to his time at Western Michigan, Campbell was an assistant at Lane College (2008-09) in Jackson, Tenn., where he served as the defensive backs coach and assisted with special teams. From 2007-08, he was an assistant at Riverview High School in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla.
Campbell resigned from his position of defensive backs coach at Ferris State in February of 2005 to help take care of his mother who had suffered a stroke. Prior to his stint at Ferris State, he was an assistant at Urbana University in Ohio from June of 2002 to March of 2004. At Urbana, he also served as an admissions counselor and multicultural student specialist.
A standout defensive back at Michigan State University, Campbell suffered a cervic-spinal injury against Oregon just two games into the 1998 season. He had started all but one game for the Spartans from 1996 until his injury in 1998.
Miraculously, Campbell battled back from injury to play in the 1999 season, earning All-American and All-Big Ten honors. He capped off his remarkable career in the Citrus Bowl. During his collegiate career, he recorded 104 total tackles, five interceptions, three sacks, and 15 TFLs.
He and his wife Shirley are the parents of Onykea, Kiera, Kiarra, Anthony and twins Jordan and Jaden.
LeAndre Creamer enters his second year at Alabama State where he will serve as the defensive line coach.
Prior to Alabama State, Creamer served as the defensive line coach in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) at Morgan State. He coached the defensive backs for the Bears during his first season as his secondary accounted for 11 of the team’s 15 interceptions (third in the MEAC; T-25th in FCS), the highest total by a Bears’ team since 2008 (19- MSU record). They also ranked sixth in the MEAC in pass defense.
While at Morgan State, DeShaun Summers ranked third in the MEAC in passes defended (11) and was eighth in interceptions with three. He also coached senior standout cornerback Joe Rankin who also finished with three picks, and completed his Bear career ranked No. 2 in school history with 13 career interceptions – two shy of matching the record posted by Joe Fowlkes (15).
Before joining the Morgan State staff, Creamer spent four years (2007-2010) at Howard where he was the defensive coordinator under head coach Carey Bailey. During his final season, the Bison ranked as high as second in rush defense (117.5) and fourth in sacks (23). All-American linebacker Keith Pough, who collected 100 tackles and led the league with 10.5 during the 2010 season, anchored Creamer’s defensive unit.
Creamer also served three years at Delaware State where he was defensive backs coach from 2003 to 2005.
The 2005 Hornets were tops in the MEAC, and third among all FCS teams in pass efficiency defense (95.09) and sacks (3.36 ppg.). During his last season, Delaware State also ranked fourth in FCS in tackles for loss (8.27 ppg.), fifth in total defense (269.6 ypg.) and ninth in passing defense (154.7 ypg.).
Senior linebacker Sam Smith led Creamer’s 2005 defense. Smith was a Sheridan Broadcast Network (Black College) First Team All-America, SportsNetwork Third Team All-America and All-MEAC First Team selection. Additionally, he was a free agent signee with the New England Patriots.
Delaware State cornerback Blake Saunders was named to the 2005 All-MEAC First Team and went on to play for the Arena League’s Georgia Wildcats, while linebacker Kenny Kern signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.
During Cream’s 2003 stint with the Hornets, strong safety Tyrone Greenwood was tops in the FCS in forced fumbles, while free safety Jemel Trott was the FCS Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes, returning one for a touchdown (vs. Florida A&M).
From 1999-2002, Creamer was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Tennessee State University. In 1999, the 11-1 Tigers were the Ohio Valley Conference champions and tops in the final FCS regular season poll. While at Tennessee State, Creamer developed two All-America and five All-OVC First Team defensive backs. Four of his TSU players went on to sign professional contracts.
Creamer has also served as defensive backs coach at Southern Utah University (1998-99), SUNY-Buffalo (1994-95) and Morgan State (1991-92). He was the running backs coach at SUNY-Buffalo in 1993.
In addition, he was the head football coach at Wilmington (Del.) High School from 1997 to 1998, and defensive coordinator at Edwin Gould Academy in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. from 1995 to 1996.
As a player at Tennessee, Creamer was a four-year starter at defensive back, earning freshman All-America honors in 1984. He helped lead the Volunteers to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Sugar Bowl championships in 1985. Tennessee also won the Liberty Bowl (1986) and Peach Bowl (1987) contests, and appeared in the Sun Bowl (1984) during his playing days.
Off the field at Tennessee, Creamer was a Dean’s List student and a member of the Senior Class Peer Advisory Council.
Creamer was a star football and track & field athlete at Northwestern High School in Baltimore, Md.
He has two children, a daughter Nasia and a son, Neiko
Trey Dunbar begins his first year as the quarterbacks coach at Alabama State University.
Prior to coming to Alabama State, Dunbar spent three seasons as the assistant director of operations at Troy University. He was responsible for Troy’s on-campus recruiting efforts and served as the director of player personnel during the 2015 season.
In 2014, Dunbar served as an offensive analyst and the three prior seasons as a graduate assistant on the defensive staff. Dunbar began as an intern in the strength and conditioning program during the 2010 season.
A native of Opp, Ala., Dunbar played baseball and football at Opp High School before attending the University of Alabama where he received a degree in exercise and sport science in 2010. He was on the staff for Alabama’s 2009 BCS National Championship Team.
James Joseph is in his third year at the helm as running backs coach.
Prior to coming to Alabama State, Joseph spent five years in the same capacity at Samford (2010-14), Memphis (2007-09) and Troy (2004-06), while also serving as a walk-on coordinator for the Trojans.
Last season, Joseph's running backs amassed 2,425 total yards, and averaged 220.5 yards a game. Also, the runnng backs found the end zone 27 times.
Joseph’s running crew rushed for 2,005 yards averaging 4.4 yards per rush. The team’s 24 rushing touchdowns were the fourth most in the conference as the team averaged 182.3 yards per game rushing.
Prior to getting into college coaching, Joseph coached at Auburn High. Joseph served as assistant head football coach and special teams' coordinator. He was also head junior varsity baseball coach and assistant varsity basketball coach at Auburn High.
A former gridiron standout for the Tigers, Joseph went on to play five seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles (1991-94) and Cincinnati Bengals (1995). As a rookie, he led the Eagles in rushing, and one year later lead the team in special teams tackles.
He is married to Merry Beth Joseph and they are the parents of Jamey, Jeremy and Jonathan.
Chad Lucas, an Alabama State alum and former NFL receiver, has returned to the program to serve as the team’s skill development coordinator.
Lucas comes to ASU after serving the 2015 season as the passing game coordinator and assistant coach at Robert Lee High School here in Montgomery.
Lucas spent a season (2014) at Huntingdon College coaching the running backs. He was one of seven former NFL players to receive the NFLPA Coaching Internship which he used at Huntingdon.
Before his work with Huntingdon, Lucas was at Robert Lee High School (2012-14) for his first term with the team, this time serving as Lee’s offensive coordinator.
In 2004 and 2005 Lucas worked with the Hornets coaching the team’s wide receivers. He was a member of the coaching staff helping lead ASU to the 2004 SWAC Championship.
From 2004-2011, he spent time as a professional receiver in the National Football League, NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League, the United Football League and Arena Football League. As a member of the Amsterdam Admirals in 2006, Lucas led NFL Europe in touchdown receptions and was named first-team All-NFL Europe.
He is a native of Tuskegee and began his collegiate career at Troy University before finishing at Alabama State.
During his senior campaign with the Hornets he caught 46 passes for 794 yards and five touchdowns.
Following his professional career, Lucas returned to ASU where finished his degree in marketing, receiving his Bachelor of Science in 2013.
He lives in Montgomery and has a daughter, Londyn.
Prince Pearson begins his third season after spending 11 seasons at Prairie View A&M (2004-14) as offensive line/tight ends coach and run game coordinator.
Pearson’s offensive line helped the Hornets score an average of 25.5 points per game during his first year at ASU. The offensive line helped open holes enough for ASU to rush for 2,005 yards per game and throw for over 2,100 yards per game.
In his second season, Pearson's offensive line guided the Hornets to score an average of 25.4 points per game.
His last season at PVAMU, the Orlando-Pearson connection helped the Panthers rank second in the SWAC in both scoring (36.6 points per game) and total offense (460.3 yards per game).
He spent four seasons as offensive line coach at PV rival Texas Southern (2000-03) after working as head coach at Hallandale (Fla.) High School. Pearson entered collegiate coaching as defensive line coach at College of the Holy Cross (1997-98). Pearson, a product of the University of Minnesota, begin his coaching career at Boyd Anderson (Fla.) High as offensive coordinator (1993-96).