Jan. 30, 2001
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin head football coach Mike Santiago announced today the hiring of Kim Dameron as defensive coordinator for the Lumberjack football team. Dameron takes the Lumberjacks' defensive units following last season's 6-5 mark.
Dameron comes to SFA after having served in the same capacity last season at Eastern Illinois University. Dameron's defense last season at Eastern Illinois was ranked 27th in the nation overall and 26th in scoring defense. Eastern Illinois was also among the top ten in the nation in passing efficiency defense, finishing the season as the nation's ninth best. The Panthers qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs last season, wrapping up the year with an 8-4 record.
The 1983 University of Arkansas graduate takes over the Lumberjack defense after amassing a great deal of experience at many levels of college and professional football. As a defensive back and wide receiver for coach Lou Holtz at Arkansas, Dameron played in four bowl games with the Razorbacks. Dameron was a preseason All-Southwest Conference defensive back prior to the 1981 season. He then played for coach Pepper Rodgers with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL in 1984.
Dameron began his coaching career at Southwest Missouri State, spending five seasons as the defensive secondary coach. During that period, the Bears won two Gateway Conference titles and made two I-AA playoff appearances. Dameron has also made coaching stops at Nevada-Reno and Murray State where he worked for Houston Nutt.
In 1995, Dameron's defensive units at Murray State helped them to an 11-1 record and a number three national ranking in total defense. The Racers claimed the Ohio Valley Conference championship and an appearance in the I-AA playoffs.
From there, Dameron joined the staff of Rick Minter at Cincinnati, becoming the defensive coordinator in 1997. His 1997 Bearcat defense was ranked fifth nationally against the run and 33rd in the nation in total defense, helping the team to a Humanitarian Bowl appearance in Boise, Idaho.
Following his stay in Cincinnati, Dameron moved on to the Canadian Football League for the 1999 season. He coached the defensive secondary for the Toronto Argonauts for the `99 season, a season in which Toronto led the CFL in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, and was second in the league in rush defense.
Dameron will help recruit for the next week, then begin preparations for spring practice, which is set to begin March 19.