Posted: Jan 26, 2013 3:38 PM
Rod West, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant football coach at Texas A&M-Commerce, has been hired as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Morehead State.
"We are excited about adding Rod to the Morehead State family," Head Coach Rob Tenyer said. "He is an up-and-coming coach with lots of positive traits. Rod came to his interview with a specific plan on how to make our defense better -- and that was great to see. I think he will be very good for our program from a technique standpoint."
West worked with defensive backs and punt returners at the Division II school in Texas. Under his watch in 2012, the Lions ranked first in the Lone Star Conference in passing yards allowed and second in opponent first downs and red zone defense.
West had brief stints as the defensive backs coach at Division II schools Morehouse (Ga.) and Delta State (Miss.). He worked at Morehouse during the spring semester of 2011 and was as a graduate assistant at Delta State during the 2010 campaign.
Delta State won the Gulf South Conference in 2010 and advanced to the D-II National Championship game. West worked with a Third-Team All-American and two all-conference selections. He also assisted in the areas of recruiting and academics.
West began his coaching career in 2009 at NAIA school Kentucky Christian, where he worked with defensive backs and assisted with academics. The Knights, who are just 40 miles from Morehead, ranked second nationally in passing yards allowed.
West earned four letters in football from 2005-08 and was a two-year starter at Southwestern Athletic Conference member Alabama State. He was a member of the Dean's List his final three years and graduated with academic honors (cum laude).
"Rod is a tremendous person with great character," Tenyer added. "He is organized and really pays attention to detail. Rod was a high quality student-athlete at Alabama State. He not only earned four letters athletically, but he graduated with honors academically. He will push our young to make them better, on and off the football field."
A native of Selma, Ala., West earned a bachelor's degree in English from ASU in 2009. He resides with his fiancee, Marcie Hampton, and five-month-old daughter, Maya.