NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin head football coach Clint Conque today announced the final two additions to the Lumberjack coaching staff. Demo Odems has been hired to work with the SFA wide receivers with Chris Van Horn taking over responsibility of the 'Jack defensive tackles.
"I'm very pleased with the addition of these two men to complete our veteran staff," Conque said. "The entire staff is all men of high character, great teachers and are proven professionals at the FCS level. All of them come from quality institutions and chose to come to Nacogdoches to build something special, beginning in 2014."
Conque stated from the get-go he wanted to surround himself with coaches who had experience with some of the top programs in the country as the SFA. With the addition of Odems and Van Horn, the Lumberjacks coaching staff has pulled successful coaches from Central Arkansas, Montana State and New Hampshire, three of the top FCS programs in the nation with multiple playoff appearances.
In addition, Conque announced that Dan Eason, SFA's Director of Strength and Conditioning, will remain a key member of the football staff. Now in his 14th season in Nacogdoches, Eason has been a constant fixture for the 'Jack football program with offseason workouts already underway leading into spring workouts.
"Eason brings a wealth of knowledge, and in the short time we've worked together, I already have a great deal of respect for him," said Conque. "We have not only begun work to enhance the physical aspect of our players, but he also helped tremendously to assist with their mental toughness and nutritional aspect and he will be a huge asset moving forward."
Conque and his staff remain active on the recruiting trail, leading up to 2014 Signing Day on Wednesday, February 5th. A luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. in the Champion's Room at the SFA Fieldhouse, followed by the Signing Day press conference at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 as fans can contact the SFA Athletic Department at (936) 468-3502.
Demo Odems • Wide Receivers
Demo Odems comes to Nacogdoches after spending the past two seasons at Montana State University, working with the Bobcats' running backs as MSU advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2012. Odems also has a great deal of knowledge of the Texas high school scene, serving as the head coach at Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Austin for four seasons, helping lead his alma mater to the district title in 2011, its first since 1995.
Prior to returning to Austin, Odems spent one season each at Arkansas-Monticello and Wisconsin after serving as the offensive coordinator at Lancaster High School from 2001-04. The Austin native began his coaching career at his alma mater of Lyndon B. Johnson High School, following a standout career as a receiver at Iowa, earning his degree in 1996. He played indoor football professionally following his collegiate career, being named the Ironman of Arena Bowl XV competing for Grand Rapids in 2001.
Chris Van Horn • Defensive Tackles
Chris Van Horn joins the SFA staff after spending the past three seasons at the University of New Hampshire where he took over the responsibility of the Wildcat defensive tackles. During his time at UNH, the Wildcats captured the 2011 CAA title and continued their streak of 10-straight NCAA postseason appearances, advancing to the FCS semifinals in 2013.
Prior to his time in Durham, Van Horn spent three seasons at the University of North Carolina, working under head coach Butch Davis as the Tar Heels made three-straight bowl appearances during that span. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Van Horn was a first-team All-American at defensive end for St. Francis University, holding the school's all-time record for sacks in a season and career, and spent three seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater from 2005-07.