Early in December the news came down that the old man was returning to
I’ll admit I didn’t know what to think at first. Joe Bob had only been in the saddle for a year, he had some success recruiting but it’s no secret that our defensive line wasn’t a strength this year. After some brief chats with both recruits and players it was apparent that this was an area where we could likely improve with the change. Even some
Early in the process I had an inside track on a few names, Locklin was one of them. Interestingly his profile and the other two reported finalist were very similar. The bar was set around and the team was looking for an experienced coach and one that had shown the ability to coach players up. Another important factor was in balancing the staff a bit providing another “players coach” to the equation.
With the decision now set and Locklin on board, what do we know about him? What type of experience does he bring to the table? What successes has he had and how might this impact our product on the field down the road?
Full Story after the jump…
For starters a little background on Locklin is certainly in order. Locklin was born
Here is a quick rundown of Locklin’s coaching years to date.
1988 New Mexico Running backs Coach
1989-1994 Morehead State
1995-2000 Eastern Michigan Defensive Line Coach
2000-2008 Fresno State Defensive Line Coach
As you can see in 1988 Locklin began his coaching career at
While I wouldn’t call his time at
4 out of 10 of the most successful seasons in school history as far as Tackles for a Loss at
In addition 4 of the top 7 Sack Totals by an
Moving on to Locklin’s most recent experience we head out west to Fresno State and one of the strongest era’s in the school’s history. In his time with the school Locklin coached some of the most successful players and units in the schools history much like he did while at EMU.
In his first season at
In 2001 4 players from Locklin’s unit earned All
Further on down the line Locklin and his defensive line would help apply pressure for the number 4 ranked pass defense in the country during the 2004 season.
Much like his time at EMU Locklin’s teams would end up appearing all over the school record books. 6 of the 10 all time TFL’s in a season belong to teams Locklin coached. The 2003 team holds the school record with 90 in one year. As a team
Looking back maybe Locklin doesn’t have the resume that jumps of the page and maybe he hasn’t coached many huge names, but he has been very successful in producing some of the top talent and top results wherever he’s been. I recently spoke to a recruit who will be joining the defensive line next year and he is very excited at the prospect of playing for Locklin saying, “I like what he brings as far as developing players, he seems to be a coach that will have good relationships with his players and I think he’ll help out in recruiting.”
Those three thing right there sum it up for me. Joe Bob no doubt was a likeable guy and that was clear from everyone I spoke to. However, I don’t think many felt challenged and I don’t think they felt they were being developed the best they could. Obviously the results will have to speak for themselves on the field but I think