Coaching Staff

 

Osita Alaribe
Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line

Osita Alaribe is in his second season as the defensive coordinator at Alabama State after joining the staff last season.

Under Alaribe last season, the Hornets finished atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in both scoring defense and total defense. The Hornets allowed 18.0 points per game and allowed opposing teams 303.5 yards per game of total offense. The defense held opponents to just 155.64 yards through the air. They also forced 24 turnovers (13 fumbles and 11 interceptions), including returning two interceptions and a fumble for touchdowns. The Hornets also sacked the opposing team’s quarterback 21 times.

Alabama State had one player named all-conference, Ronnie Scott, at the conclusion of the season; while having a pair of players play in postseason contests.

Prior to coming to Alabama State, Alaribe spent eight years at Tennessee State. While at Tennessee State, Alaribe coached the defensive line (2009-16), was the 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 Tennessee State 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 helped produce the top-ranked 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes and the third-ranked 2011 class among FCS HBCU’s according to BOXTOROW’s annual rankings.

Alaribe arrived at Tennessee State after a three-year term as the defensive line and outside linebackers coach with Ouachita Baptist University.

While at Ouachita Baptist, Alaribe tutored two all-conference players and was part of a team that had its first winning season in 25 years.

Before Ouachita Baptist, 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 two daughter, Ogechi and Oluchi, and the family resides in Montgomery.

 

Mark Orlando
Offensive Coordinator


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).

 

Roderick Plummer
Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator


Roderick Plummer comes to Alabama State from Florida A&M University, where he served as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator for the Rattlers for one season. He will coach running backs and coordinate the special teams unit for Alabama State beginning in 2018.

During his time at Florida A&M, the Rattlers finished sixth in rushing offense at 136.2 yards per game. They ran for a total of 1,498 yards as a team during the 2017 season and Plummer coached Devin Bowers who finished sixth in the conference at 642 yards, averaging 58.4 yards per game. The Rattlers finished third in the conference in scoring last season (22.0 ppg) and fourth in total offense (344.6 ypg).

Plummer helped to improve the Florida A&M kick coverage team from last in the MEAC to first, and coached a pair of All-Conference selections at the school. He coached Chris Faddoul and Devin Bowers to the all-conference selections.

Prior to his stint at Florida A&M, Plummer served a three-year stint at Holy Cross where he served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

During his final two seasons, the Crusaders have led the Patriot League in punt returns (11.0 yards/return in 2015; 12.3 yards/return in 2016). In addition, return specialist Jake Wieczorek was named a third team All-American in 2016. Several other players Plummer has coached have been named All-Patriot League in the last two years, in linebackers Nick McBeath (2016) and Kyle Young (2015), punter Connor Fitzgerald (2015) and return specialist Kalif Raymond (2015).

Plummer joined the Crusaders after spending two seasons at the University of Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013. He was the running backs coach at UMass during both years, in addition to serving as special teams coordinator in 2012. Plummer played a key role for the Minutemen in helping the program transition to the Mid-American Conference and the football bowl subdivision. During his time at the school, he coached Michael Cox who was drafted by New York.

Prior to his time at UMass, Plummer was the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Yale from 2009-2011. At Yale, the kickoff return unit finished number one in the country. His other coaching stops include time at Cornell (2004-2006), Florida A&M (2008), Hampton (1997-1998), Idaho (2007), James Madison (1996), Kutztown (1994-1995 and 2002-2003), Michigan State (1999-2000) and Wayne State (2001). Plummer helped lead Hampton to back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in 1997 and 1998, and was on the staff of the Michigan State team which won the Citrus Bowl following the 1999 season. He also had National Football League coaching fellowships with Philadelphia, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Cleveland.

A number of Plummer’s former players have either been drafted or signed free agent contracts in the National Football League, including T.J. Conley (Idaho), Michael Cox (UMass), LeRoy Vann (Florida A&M), Bryan Walters (Cornell) and Kalif Raymond (Holy Cross).

A native of Oakland, Calif., Plummer is a 1993 graduate of Washington State University, where he was a four-year letterwinner and starting linebacker for the Cougars. In 2002, he was inducted into the St. Mary’s College High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

Amp Campbell
Cornerbacks


Amp Campbell enters his third season at Alabama State in charge of the cornerbacks, bringing an impressive resume to the Hornets program that spans 15 years.

Last season with Campbell assisting the defense, the Hornets finished atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in both scoring defense and total defense. The Hornets allowed 18.0 points per game and allowed opposing teams 303.5 yards per game of total offense. The defense held opponents to just 155.64 yards through the air. They also forced 24 turnovers (13 fumbles and 11 interceptions), including returning two interceptions and a fumble for touchdowns. The Hornets also sacked the opposing team’s quarterback 21 times.

Alabama State had one player named all-conference, Ronnie Scott, at the conclusion of the season

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
Linebackers


LeAndre Creamer enters his third year at Alabama State where he will coach linebackers.

Last season with Creamer assisting the defense, the Hornets finished atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in both scoring defense and total defense. The Hornets allowed 18.0 points per game and allowed opposing teams 303.5 yards per game of total offense. The defense held opponents to just 155.64 yards through the air. They also forced 24 turnovers (13 fumbles and 11 interceptions), including returning two interceptions and a fumble for touchdowns. The Hornets also sacked the opposing team’s quarterback 21 times.
 
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
Quarterbacks


Trey Dunbar begins his second year as the quarterbacks coach at Alabama State University, after being forced into calling plays during the second half of the season with Mark Orlando missing the season.

Offensively, Alabama State averaged 14 points per game and scored 20-plus points three times under Eley including a season-high 37 in the Turkey Day Classic against Edward Waters. The Hornets averaged 239.7 yards of total offense, with 142.7 of those coming on the ground.

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.

 

Justin Keown
Offensive Line


Justin Keown comes to Alabama State after serving two years as the tight ends and S-backs coach at Troy University. While serving in that role, he helped the team to back-to-back 10 wins seasons in 2016 and 2017 and assisted the Trojans to back-to-back bowl games (Dollar General Bowl in 2016 and New Orleans Bowl in 2017).
 
He also helped guide the Trojans to a victory over LSU, and helped Troy garner their first national ranking in school history. The team finished first in the nation in sacks allowed after being projected to finish into the top 10 nationally in that category. While at Troy he helped coach Tony Garcia – a two-time All-American and 85th overall pick in NFL Draft.
 
He will take responsibilities over for the offensive line for the Hornets.
 
Keown arrived at Troy after serving two years as an offensive line graduate assistant at South Carolina. While with the Gamecocks, the team finished with the highest postseason ranking in school history and finished fourth in the USA Today Coaches poll and AP poll (2014). Keown was part of a staff that helped South Carolina earn a berth in the Capital One Bowl (2014) and the line averaged giving up less than one sack per game. At South Carolina, he helped coach AJ Cann (three-time All-American and 67th pick in NFL Draft), Corey Robinson (240thh pick in NFL Draft) and Brandon Shell (All-American and 158th pick in NFL Draft).
 
Prior to his stints at the two schools, he assisted at his alma mater – Texas Tech – where helped the team to a bowl appearance in the Texas Bowl. The team rushed for over five yards per carry in the Texas Bowl, a game in which Keown was named the Interim Offensive Line coach. He helped coach two first team All-Big 12 players and a first team All-American. During his time at Texas Tech he helped coach LaAdrian Waddle (currently with the Detroit Lions) and Jace Amaro (the 49th pick in the NFL Draft).
 
Keown, who started 23 games at center for Texas Tech, received his Bachelor’s degree from the university in Exercise Sport Science with a minor in Health. He is also earned a Master’s degree in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University.

 

Chad Lucas
Wide Receivers


Chad Lucas, an Alabama State alum and former NFL receiver, enters his third season as an assistant coach for Alabama State and his second on the field after returning to the program as the team’s skill development coordinator. He will move to the outside receivers this season.

Last season, Alabama State averaged 14 points per game and scored 20-plus points three times under Eley including a season-high 37 in the Turkey Day Classic against Edward Waters. The Hornets averaged 239.7 yards of total offense, with 96.64 of those coming through the air.

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.

 

Travis Pearson
Safeties


Travis Pearson joins the Alabama State University staff after a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Alabama A&M University.

During his team with the Bulldogs, Pearson led a resurgence on the defensive side of the ball as the team was ranked as one of the best in the conference last season. He was the defensive coordinator for the University of South Alabama in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Prior to that, he served as the Jaguars’ linebackers coach in 2013

In the 2014 season, the Jaguar defense ranked among the leaders in the Sun Belt Conference throughout the season before ending fourth in both total yards (398.9 pg) and points (26.4 pg) allowed per game, also finishing tied for second with 21 takeaways and second in red zone defense.  Two members of his secondary earned all-league honors with Terrell Brigham named second-team all-SBC and Montell Garner an honorable mention selection, as six of USA’s 10 all-conference honorees came from Pearson’s unit.

In 2013, he led South Alabama’s inside linebackers while working with a defensive unit that ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in pass, total and scoring defense.  

Prior to joining South Alabama’s coaching staff, Pearson was the defensive coordinator at Colquitt County (Ga.) High helping the Packers to back-to-back semifinal appearances in the state AAAAA playoffs; the program posted an overall record of 21-7 during that span.  In the fall of 2012 Colquit County recorded 51 takeaways en route to an 10-4 finish, while in Pearson’s first year on the staff the unit forced 38 turnovers, returning eight of those for scores.

He was the head coach and athletic director at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Ala., during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, and also has been a head coach at Elmore County (Ala.) High (2002-04) — where he was selected the Metro 4A Coach of the Year by the Montgomery Advertiser after guiding the Panthers to a 12-1 mark and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs his final year — and Central Hayneville (Ala.) High (1998-99).  Pearson helped guide the latter to a berth in the state 4A playoffs his second season at the helm of the program.

He was an assistant at Elmore County High School for two years prior to becoming the Panthers’ head coach, and was the defensive coordinator for two seasons at Oxford (Ala.) High, where the Yellow Jackets made back-to-back state playoff appearances; after OHS qualified for postseason action at the 5A level in 2005, the school made the playoffs again the following fall in the 6A classification.  Pearson was selected to serve as a defensive coordinator in the 2004 Alabama North/South All-Star Game, and worked at football camps conducted by the staff at Auburn for five years.

Pearson served as director of football operations at Iowa State during the 2007 and 2008 seasons as well.

A 1997 graduate of Alabama State with a degree in physical education, he was a three-year letterwinner for the Hornets.  He would go on to play eight seasons in the Arena Football League for three teams, and was selected to the league’s 15th Anniversary Team in 2003.

Pearson and his wife Maria have three children: daughter Marissa, and sons Travis II and Trevor.

 

Jaquon Robinson
Inside Receivers

Jaquon Robinson comes to Alabama State from Dinwiddie High School, where he was the passing game coordinator the past two seasons. During that time he helped the team amass a 26-2 record.

He will serve as the inside receivers coach beginning in 2018 for Alabama State.
 
Prior to his stint at Dinwiddie, Robinson on staff at Troy University, where he served as a graduate assistant. Robinson served as an offensive analyst in his first season, then served as a graduate assistant for the Sun Belt Conference championship.
 
A native of Atlanta, Robinson was a two-year star for the Trojans at wide receiver. He finished his career with 48 catches for 616 yards and five touchdowns after transferring to the Trojans from the Air Force Academy.
 
A three-year letterwinner at Frederick Douglass High School, he was named his team’s offensive Player of the Year and was a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Robinson graduated from Troy with a degree in Psychology in 2013, and a Master’s in Sport Administration in May 2015. He and his wife, Jasmine, have one child – two-year old Journee.

 

Jon Harrelson
Quality Control / Offensive Line

Jon Harrelson comes to Alabama State from Huntingdon College where he served on the football staff. While at Huntingdon, Harrelson was an offensive intern where helped coach running backs and H-backs.
 
He was also responsible for running position meetings, breaking down film and recruiting in the southeast portion of the country (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Texas).
 
During his time at Huntingdon, he helped produce a pair of first team all-conference players in 2017 – including an H-back who had no previous playing experience in college and a senior running back who finished with 997 rushing yards. He helped Huntingdon capture their third consecutive USA South Conference championship.
 
A two-time All-Academic selection while Huntingdon College in football, Harrelson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2017 in Political Science from the school.

 

Gary Howard
Quality Control / Defense

Gary Howard begins his second year as a quality control coach at Alabama State University, working with the defense,
 
Howard lettered in football at Alabama State after transferring to Montgomery from Phoenix Junior College. Howard played in nine games on the defensive line in 2016.
 
A native of Houston (Texas), Howard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications (public relations) from Alabama State, and has an associate’s degree in general studies.

 

Tarvaris Jackson
Quailty Control / Quarterbacks


Tarvaris Jackson returns to his alma mater after a 10-year career in the National Football League. He was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2006 NFL Draft, and played for the Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.
 
Jackson played for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks when the team won Super Bowl 48 during the 2013-2014 season. During his NFL career, Jackson accumulated 45 career touchdowns during is professional playing career.
 
Jackson started his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas, before transferring to Alabama State in 2003. During his collegiate career, Jackson completed 516 passes in 955 attempts for 7.397 yards. He also threw for 64 touchdowns in his collegiate career. While at Alabama State, Jackson was named team captain his senior season and was selected as an All-SWAC performer in 2005.
 
He also rushed for 11 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Jackson led Alabama State to the SWAC Championship game after winning the East Division in his time as a Hornet.
 
A Montgomery native and Sidney Lanier graduate, Jackson is married to Lakitta Jackson and the couple has three children – Tarvaris, Takyla and Tyson.
 
He received his Bachelors degree from Troy University in Psychology in 2014.

 

Sam Lazarus
Quality Control / Player Development

Sam Lazarus, a graduate of Alabama State, returns to his alma mater to assist with Player Development for the Hornets. Prior to coming on staff with football, Lazarus served last year as a Recruitment Specialist and District Recruiter for the Academic Affairs/Enrollment Management Office at Alabama State.
 
While there, he helped to analyze and provide insights into customer behavior throughout the student life cycle and/or in response to marking initiatives. He also assisted in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to new, continuous, transfer students.
 
Prior to his time in that office, he also served a one year coaching internship with the Alabama State basketball team where he assisted in player/team marketing . He also assisted in scouting and coordination of team practice, while also handling game day coverage.
 
A native of Nigeria, Lazarus received his Nautical Science Certificate from the Regional Martime University (Accra, Ghana). He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis on coaching in May 2017.

 

Bre'nard Williams
Quality Control / Linebackers

Bre’nard Williams comes to Alabama State after serving as the linebackers coach at Thomasville High School, where he coached three all-region linebackers and one All-State selection.
 
While at Thomasville, Williams helped Thomasville to their first playoff appearance in three seasons.
 
Prior to his stint at Thomasville, Williams served under defensive coordinator Derrick Williams at Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC). He uploaded, cut and imported data for all practices and games, and served as the co-video/recruiting coordinator. He also had pass game responsibilities during his time at Methodist.
 
Williams played his collegiate football at Clark Atlanta, receiving his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.