By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports activities Info
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Rico Council has put in so a great deal time donning the Big Blue of Tennessee State, slipping into the Purple and Gold of Tennessee Tech is possibly a very little little bit of culture shock.
“In my complete time in the conference, all I have ever worn is blue,” he mentioned with a smile. “Now I’m putting on purple and gold and striving to figure that out, so it is a small distinct.”
Even so, the former Ohio Valley Meeting Defensive Player of the Yr is all set to strike the discipline with the Golden Eagles as the newest football assistant coach, overseeing the outside the house linebackers and aiding with special teams.
“I am psyched about the possibility,” Council explained. “It is not generally to have a swift change like this or to stay in the same conference for a bit. It’s new, but it truly is common. I’m enjoying it so much.
“Other than the unique hues, it is really all the very same. These are great fellas, smart guys who appreciate soccer, so you can build that camaraderie with them. It’s just a new challenge. I are unable to wait around to get out there and attempt to get a championship with them.”
Head coach Dewayne Alexander sees a excellent benefit adding Council to the Golden Eagles.
“We’re psyched about what Coach Council delivers to the employees,” he explained. “When we have a complete-time situation, you can find often a ton of fascination. There were being about 150 candidates for the posture and we are often hunting for fellas that are heading to suit very well on our latest team, men who are romance builders, men who genuinely treatment about players and put them 1st, men who are powerful recruiters. Individuals are all important.
“You seem at Rico, he checked each box. Very first of all, he understands OVC football. He is a state of Tennessee man, initially from Chattanooga, a convention defensive participant of the 12 months and all-conference performer multiple occasions, so he was unquestionably a terrific player in the OVC. He coached at TSU in recent several years and has exclusive teams expertise as effectively as defensive knowledge as a participant and coach. He is just a great healthy in what we’re seeking for soccer-wise and recruiting-clever.”
He also has a wonderful rapport when it will come to recruiting – fulfilling a lesson he uncovered from his former head mentor, former TSU helmer Rod Reed.
“You have received to exhibit the youngsters how considerably you care,” Council claimed. “Mentor Reed often informed us that they never treatment how significantly you know right up until you present how much you care, so you have to construct interactions with the children and receive their trust to get the most out of them.”
Alexander said, “(Rico) does a wonderful job recruiting for the reason that he cares about the gamers. He is a accurate partnership builder. He has a whole lot of ties to Chattanooga the place he’s from, he has a ton of ties in the Metro Nashville location – and those are spots that are critical to us. He is heading to do a remarkable occupation for us and he arrived very suggested. I did not have to get to out — I experienced a great deal of individuals calling me to say how much of a excellent addition he would be to our personnel. They have some changeover going on there at TSU and it transpires in the coaching profession, so it designed a whole lot of sense to convey him appropriate below to sign up for our employees.
“When I to start with met with him, there was just one thing about him that stood out. It was a no-brainer. He required to be here. We wished him to be below, so we couldn’t be additional energized to insert him to our personnel.”
Alexander and Reed go again a extensive way, so with a person of the greatest votes of confidence coming from the former TSU head mentor, it certainly wasn’t shocking, but it spoke volumes.
“I think a ton of Rod,” Alexander explained. “The thing he claimed to me, ‘He’s like a son to me.’ That explained to me all I essential to know. They know each and every other very well and he just talked about how phenomenal of a particular person Rico is. When people are good people and fantastic human beings, they can make very good coaches or excellent fill-in-the-blank. They can do whatever, but it begins there. We could not be extra excited that he is a Golden Eagle.”
In Council’s senior campaign in 2011, he acquired the conference’s prime defensive honor as he recorded 87 tackles, which include 50 solo stops, 8 tackles for decline and 3.5 sacks, while also intercepting a move, breaking up five extra, forcing a fumble and recovering two. Council helped the Tigers to the Sergeant York Trophy in 2011, when ending his profession with 295 tackles – the fourth most in program history, led by his head coach Rod Reed with 406.
Council was a a few-time All-American and the Chattanooga native attained a few All-OVC selections – initially-group defense in 2011, 2nd-group defense in 2010 and all-newcomer in 2010. He is 10th in the TSU record books for single-match tackles with 15, an spectacular feat with the defensive talent that has handed via the program around the decades.
He was a 3-12 months workforce captain and was a member of the team’s leadership council.
Unnecessary to say, with an remarkable collegiate resume, Council is aware of what it usually takes to engage in at a high amount and can translate that to the gamers at this time on the field.
“Seriously, it truly is just about self-confidence,” Council reported. “Recognizing what you want to do breeds self-assurance. You give a dude the assurance to do the career, you can go a prolonged way with that.”
After completing his collegiate vocation, Council expended time in the Nationwide Football League as he was signed as an undrafted no cost agent by the Atlanta Falcons. Before the time was entire, the Tennessee Titans expressed desire and introduced him back to Nashville.
“He knows what it will take to be an elite player,” Alexander reported. “With his conference accolades and practical experience in the NFL with the Falcons and the Titans, it suggests a great deal. When he tells the players to do some thing, they know that he is aware of what it usually takes. If he is inquiring to use this approach or whatever it is, they understand. He’s played at a substantial amount and knows how to get there. All of the guys out listed here have dreams and aspirations to do that, owning anyone who’s been there and finished that helps. It merits a excellent offer of regard appropriate out of the gate and he is aware of what we are seeking to build our gamers up to be.”
Council started his coaching career on the prep degree as he spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Mt. Juliet Christian in 2014 and 2015. He returned to Tennessee Condition, joining Reed’s personnel as a defensive quality regulate mentor in 2016, then going up the ranks as a linebackers mentor and special groups coordinator from 2017 via the most the latest 2020-21 campaign.
He completed his diploma from TSU in liberal arts with a focus in psychology and prison justice.
Staying all around the OVC for a fairly good while, Council will come in organized. He is seen every single staff in the league previously and is aware just what they bring to the table.
“I’ve been coaching in the OVC now due to the fact 2016,” he said. “There is some matters that are however the identical, you can find normally some new wrinkles out there, but football’s soccer. It is really likely to be a grind and you might be heading to see something new each and every 7 days. It really is a excellent convention and you’ve got acquired to be well prepared for what they are all heading to throw at you.”
Alexander reported, “It truly is a huge profit simply because he understands this meeting. He’s going to be a large asset to Mentor (Chris) Grimes and Coach (Lamont) Seward. You won’t be able to have way too several guys with a unique groups qualifications for the reason that it’s a huge section of the recreation. He is already broke down film on this convention and is aware of what people like to do. Even in recruiting, he may be sporting a diverse shade shirt, but they know who he is. That implies a large amount. Not only are we incorporating powerful coaches to our staff members, we’re normally likely to include effective recruiters.
With an outstanding enhancement on protection in the spring campaign, Council will undoubtedly have loads of weapons to get the job done with alongside his fellow coaches.
“The greatest element is everyone received that further calendar year (from the COVID pandemic),” he reported. “These guys are going to be smarter and be ready for what we’re heading to want them to do. It actually should be a fantastic yr for them. Just hunting at them, I keep in mind a great deal of these fellas. They can fly all over and do some injury. I have not experienced a opportunity to go to the field with them still, but it is really likely to be a good deal below.”
Alexander included, “Protection was a huge location of advancement. We finished 2nd in the conference in overall defense and we have manufactured strides just about every year. Some of that has been staff driven, recruiting, switching in excess of systems, nomenclature, all of those items. There is been a great deal of transition on the defensive side in excess of the final five or six yrs. For the last three a long time, we’re ultimately receiving to a point in which it is really all being named the exact same point, we fully grasp it greater and there is a real perception of continuity.
“We’ve recruited to the design we want to enjoy and it allows us to do even more stuff. In any offensive or defensive program, you might be confined in undertaking what your gamers can do in that technique. Some of them are improved suited for a thing unique. Like I explained to Rico and our present recruits – it truly is usually a fantastic time to be a Golden Eagle, but this is the very best time for the reason that there has been a lot of transition and basis setting up. A lot of items have took place on the entrance finish of this application that we are now at the stage we are likely to get started observing a good deal of the fruits of our labor. The expertise level is definitely far better. Our men fully grasp our program much more and that’s heading to make it less complicated for him to changeover in to mentor.”
The Golden Eagle football team opens its time on September 2 as Tech travels to Birmingham to choose on Samford.
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