Dwayne Curry (DL)
Jackson State head football coach Tony Hughes has named former Mississippi State standout Dwayne Curry as the program’s defensive line coach. Curry comes to JSU after serving as the defensive line coach at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff for four seasons.
While at UAPB, Curry produced All-SWAC performer Demarcus Berry, who earned all-conference second team honors in 2015 and first team All-SWAC recognition in 2014.
Curry began his coaching career at Southside High School in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator from 1999-2001. During his tenure there, he coached both inside and outside linebackers and produced an all-conference performer.
In 2005, he was named co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Fla. In addition, he served as the assistant track and field coach. While at PHS, Curry produced a high school All-American and had three of his student-athletes to sign Division I National Letter of Intents.
Curry then moved on to the collegiate ranks, when he was named linebacker and assistant punt return coach at East Texas Baptist University (2006-07) in Marshall, Texas. He produced an all-conference linebacker. After two seasons at East Texas Baptist, Curry accepted the defensive line coach and assistant special teams coordinator position at East Mississippi Community College (2007-08) in Scooba, Miss.
In 2008, Curry left the junior college ranks when he was named the defensive line coach at Birmingham Southern (2008-09) in Birmingham, Ala. In 2009, he was named the defensive line coach at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. While at Hinds he produced an all-conference performer at defensive end.
Curry accepted the defensive coordinator/linebacker coach at Savannah State (2010-11) in Savannah, Ga. He was also the punt team coordinator. Curry then traveled to Garden City, Kan., where he was named the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Garden City Community College (2011-12). While at GCC, Curry helped produce the defensive player of the Year in the J. Hank Conference
After two seasons at GCC, Curry became the defensive line coach at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Ala. in 2012 the UWA Tigers won the Gulf South Championship and finished the season ranked No. 3 in all of Division II in total defense.
Curry was an outstanding linebacker for Mississippi State University from 1993-1996. During his time at Mississippi State he was a candidate for the Butkus award three times. He was also selected as an All-SEC linebacker three times as well as being selected to the All-SEC freshman team. He was a two-time Consensus All-American and an honorable mention All-American at linebacker one season. He is a 1997 MSU graduate with a degree in physical education and fitness management.
LaMarcus Hicks (Safeties)
Jackson State head football coach Tony Hughes has selected LaMarcus Hicks to serve as his safeties coach. Hicks comes to Jackson State after a two year stint with the University of North Texas, where he served as the cornerbacks coach.
In his first-season with the Mean Green Hicks led the cornerbacks into record-breaking territory in 2014.
North Texas had seven different defensive backs with an interception in 2014, which was a school record for most DB’s in a single season with at least one pick. Five of those seven were cornerbacks coached by Hicks. Two Mean Green cornerbacks had interceptions returned for touchdowns.
Cornerback James Jones was named to the C-USA second-team in 2014 as he was the second leading tackler and led the team with nine PBUs.
Hicks, a defensive back with Iowa State who played professionally with the Detroit Lions, worked at North Texas after spending a season at Concordia University as the defensive backs coach. Hicks played for McCarney at Iowa State for two seasons and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2005 while leading the conference in interceptions. He earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week twice that season.
Hicks spent 2011 and 2012 at Truman High School in Michigan as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. In his first season at Truman in 2011, he helped the Cougars improve 15 points per game in scoring defense. In 2012, Truman went 9-2 and won their second playoff game in school history while allowing only 11.2 points per game.
Hicks began coaching in 2010 at Rhodes College as wide receivers coach. Three players at the position were selected as All-SCAC.
Prior to coaching, Hicks played professionally for the Detroit Lions at defensive back. He spent two seasons with the Lions.
Hicks, native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, received his Bachelor’s degree from ISU in 2006.
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