NCAA Football: UCA Adds Assistant Coach

by Contributing Writer  on Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2009 12:45 pm  

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CONWAY — Dan Augustine has joined the University of Central Arkansas football coaching staff as defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator, according to UCA head coach Clint Conque.

Augustine, who comes to UCA from Jacksonville State University, replaces Brian Early, who left the staff earlier this month. Augustine served three seasons on the Jacksonville State staff of head coach Jack Crowe. The Gamecocks have had one of the top defenses in the Ohio Valley Conference for the past three seasons.

Augustine, who went to school at Stephen F. Austin High School in El Paso, Texas, spent the 2005 season at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., where he coached wide receivers. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Monroe. Augustine coached linebackers at Missouri Western in 2003 for a team that won a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Association championship.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to hire someone of Dan's abilities and experience this late in the summer,' said Conque, beginning his 10th season at UCA. "Dan has coached some outstanding players during his time at Jacksonville State and brings a wealth of knowledge to our defensive staff, in the kicking game and recruiting."

Augustine was a linebacker for four years at Baylor University and received his degree in marketing from Baylor in 1999. After nearly two years working for Dell Computer, Inc., he began his coaching career at Round Rock (Texas) High School. From there, he moved to Manassas, Virginia and was the defensive coordinator and head softball coach at Osbourn High School.

Early, who came to UCA in the summer of 2004, left to join the Fayetteville High School coaching staff.

"I want to thank Brian for his contributions to the program over the last five years,' said Conque. "He was a part of two championships during his time here and we wish him all the best.'

The Bears, 10-2 a year ago, open the 2009 season against the University of Hawaii in Honolulu on Sept. 4.



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