April 4, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar assistant coach Craig McGallion has been named defensive coordinator announced head coach Ray Woodard Friday morning. McGallion takes over for Bill Bradley who retired after spending the previous two seasons as the Cardinals defensive coordinator.
"Craig has a great defensive background and knowledge of the game," said Woodard. "In addition to that, Craig has been around for several years now and has worked very closely with Bill. He was key in helping Bill implement a lot of the things we do here now. There is also the added benefit of keeping that continuity with the players, which is something we were looking to do as we began looking for a new defensive coordinator."
McGallion takes the reins of the Lamar defense that has led the Southland in slowing down an opponent's pass attack each of the past two seasons. Last season, Lamar was the only team in the Southland Conference to hold opponents under 200 passing yards per contest.
Over the course of the past three seasons, McGallion has produced some of the Southland's top talent. During that stretch, McGallion has coached four players who have gone on to receive All-SLC recognition. Asim Hicks and Darby Jackson got the tradition started in 2011, followed by Jermaine Longino last season. A member of the team who helped resurrect the program, James Washington carried that torch in 2013. A four-year letterwinner, Washington started 11 games and recorded 61 tackles as a senior. Washington was named All-Southland Conference by the league's head coaches and by CollegeSportsMadness.com
"I really like Craig's approach to the game, and to life," said Woodard. "Craig has a very positive personality, and is a hard worker. That, to go along with the fact that Craig has the knowledge needed to be a successful person, makes him a perfect fit for this program. I believe this is a great move for our program, and this university."
Son of the Silsbee coaching legend, the late Stud McGallion, Craig came to Lamar after a successful career in the high school ranks. Prior to a 10-year stint working for his brother, Bobby, at Silsbee, McGallion spent three seasons as the head coach at Barbers Hill following two seasons at Woodville.
During his time in the high school ranks, McGallion has helped produce future NFL standouts. During his time at Cy-Fair and Cy-Creek, McGallion coached future NFL Pro Bowl selection Sam Adams, and Shane Rink would go on to star at Texas.
The Cardinals kick off the 2014 schedule Saturday, Aug. 30th, when they host Grambling State. The game against the Tigers will be one of four home games in the first five weeks of the season for Lamar.