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« on: January 18, 2019, 04:01:52 pm »

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas Tech Head Football Coach Bo Atterberry has announced his defensive staff for the Wonder Boys football program.

Atterberry's former defensive coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma, Charles Burks, will join the Wonder Boys in the same capacity; Kurt Corbin, who has spent seven seasons on the Arkansas Tech staff has been retained as defensive line coach; and Brandon Smith, another former Atterberry assistant from Southeastern Oklahoma, will join the Wonder Boys as linebackers coach.

Burks joins the Arkansas Tech program after spending five years at Southeastern Oklahoma. His 2018 defense ranked second in the Great American Conference, surrendering just 251.2 yards and 15.4 points per game. The Savage Storm defense was the toughest pass defense in the league, giving up just 118.7 yards per game through the air. Six Southeastern players earned all-GAC selections his final year in Durant. In 2016, Burks mentored SE's first all-America selection since 2009 as Raheem Wilson picked up honors from both the AFCA and D2CCA after leading the nation in passes defended and finishing his career as the program's all-time leader in interceptions. His defense helped spur an immediate turnaround, as his first year as defensive coordinator the Savage Storm turned in a five-game improvement to finish at 7-5 and qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2004.

Prior to Durant, Burks spent the previous two seasons at West Texas A&M (2012) and Texas A&M-Commerce (2013), earning a Bill Walsh Minority Internship with the Detroit Lions in 2012, serving as a defensive intern. He started his full-time career at East Central, spending the 2011 season as the secondary coach and mentoring first-team all-America pick Dontea Smith. In his lone season in Ada, the Tigers had two first team defensive backs in the same season (Smith and Norris Wrenn), the first time in 27 years that the program had accomplished that feat.

Burks earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from East Central.

The veteran Corbin will enter his eighth season on the Arkansas Tech coaching staff, and brings over 18 years of coaching experience at the Division I and II levels. Corbin began his second stint in Russellville in the 2013 season, overseeing the defensive line in his first year before being elevated to co-Defensive Coordinator. In his current stint at Tech, Corbin has recruited five all-conference and four all-America performers, while helping the Wonder Boys reach the postseason twice. Corbin also worked with the punt team and in 2017, Arkansas Tech boasted the nation's top net punting unit. Four defensive linemen have earned all-Great American Conference honors under his tutelage.

Before returning to Tech, Corbin spent four seasons coaching the defensive line at Stephen F. Austin, where the Lumberjacks captured two conference titles and registered the most sacks of any Division I program over a three-year period. Corbin has also served on the staff as the linebackers coach at UT-Chattanooga after serving as the defensive coordinator at Northwestern State University, where NSU boasted the Southland Conference's top-ranked total defense. Corbin's first stint at Arkansas Tech came during the 2005 season, where he coached receivers, and prior to that Corbin started his full-time career at Arkansas-Monticello after serving as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State.

A member of the Wonder Boys' 1999 Gulf South Conference championship team, Corbin earned his bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech and his master's degree from Northwestern State.

Smith joins the Arkansas Tech program after spending the 2018 season as the linebackers coach at Southeastern Oklahoma. The Savage Storm defense was one of the top units in the nation during his tenure. Prior to his time in Durant, Smitih served as the defensive coordinator at East Texas Baptist University, where he served as the team's primary recruiting coordinator. Over his five-year tenure in Marshall, he served in a variety of roles, assisting as ETBU captured the American Southwest Conference championship in 2015.

Smith also had the opportunity to serve twice as a guest coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and twice took part in the NFL Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He started his collegiate coaching career at West Texas A&M as a graduate assistant after spending time in the high school ranks.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Midwestern State and his master's degree from West Texas A&M.

Additionally, Jason Boyles and Brandon Keaton will serve as defensive graduate assistants, with Boyles coaching the defensive line and Keaton coaching defensive backs.

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