Head Coach
David Dean

By any measure David Dean’s first season as head football coach at the University of West Georgia was a success. Dean arrived in Carrollton in January 2017, on the eve of signing day, and led the Wolves to nine victories and a return to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Were there up-and-downs, and some disappointments? Certainly, but from start to finish, Dean put his stamp on a veteran roster and veteran coaching staff. The result was a Wolves team back in the national picture in Division II football.

Dean was no stranger to the Carrollton campus when he returned to UWG last season. He brought with him a resume that would rival any coach in the nation. As an assistant or as a head coach, David Dean and his football teams are winners.

A former wide receiver at Georgia Tech, Dean got his introduction to the wars of Gulf South Conference football in 1988 when he began a four-year run on the staff at Valdosta State. In 1992 Dean moved to Carrollton for an eight-year run on the staff at West Georgia. That stint included the first winning season at the Division II level, the first NCAA D-II Playoff berth, and the program’s first two Gulf South Conference titles.

Dean departed UWG following the 1999 season, joining the staff of Chris Hatcher at Valdosta Sate. He spent seven seasons as the Blazers’ offensive coordinator, a run that included the 2004 NCAA Division II Championship.

In 2007 Dean ascended to the head coaching post at VSU. He had to assemble a coaching staff almost from the ground up as all but one fellow staff member moved on. The results were positive as Valdosta State posted a 13-1 record and won the program’s second national championship.

Five years later, Dean was back in the winner’s circle again. This time the Blazers lost twice in the regular season, but they were untouchable in the playoffs, averaging 42 points a game during a postseason march to a second national title.

That second national title with the Blazers put Dean in rare company. College football has been played in the state of Georgia since the 1890s, and during that time only three football coaches in this state have won multiple national titles. Erskine Russell won three FCS crowns at Georgia Southern, while Paul Johnson followed him in Statesboro with a pair of championships of his own. The other coach on that very exclusive list is David Dean.

Dean’s run as head coach at Valdosta State covered nine seasons. Beyond the two national crowns, his Blazer teams posted an impressive record of 79-27, including a mark of 42-19 in games played with the nation’s best Division II conference, the Gulf South. His teams advanced to the NCAA Playoffs six times, and Dean’s postseason head coaching record is 12-4.

The success of Dean’s Valdosta State program resulted in numerous individual plaudits. He captured American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year honors following both national titles. He was also named 2007 Coach of the Year by Schutt Sports, AFCA Regional Coach of the Year, and GSC Coach of the Year in 2010.

Beyond his individual success, Dean’s VSU players captured the highest of honors. His VSU teams had 18 Division II All-America selections, while 10 players signed National Football League contracts. Dean also coached three players who earned GSC Freshman of the Year honors, two league players of the year, and one national defensive player of the year.

Clearly, David Dean has been linked to success throughout his 30-year coaching career. At UWG or at UWG’s biggest rival, the results are irrefutable: David Dean is a winner. His teams win and his program flourishes.

Dean is a native of DeKalb County in the metro Atlanta area. He was born in Decatur, and enjoyed a stellar high school career for the Avondale Blue Devils. Dean arrived at Georgia Tech as a walk-on in 1982, but was awarded a scholarship the following season. He played wide receiver for the Jackets through the 1985 campaign.

Married to the former Stacie Stott, the Deans have three daughters: Caroline (21), Allison (19), and Natalie (13).

Wide Receivers
Chris Anderson

As a player for Valdosta State, Chris Anderson was among the most reliable receivers in the Gulf South Conference. Anderson this season will utilize his skills as West Georgia’s wide receivers coach.

A native of Brunswick, Anderson was part of coach David Deans’ 2012 national title team at VSU. He ended his career with the Blazers with 159 receptions for 1,457 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Anderson may have saved his best performances for games vs. UWG. His five-game totals vs. the Wolves include 22 receptions, 174 yards, and three touchdowns.

Defensive Line
Kynjee' Cotton

Head coach David Dean has announced the appointment of Kynjee' Cotton to his 2018 coaching staff. Cotton joins the UWG staff after spending the last two seasons at a quality control assistant at the University of North Carolina. Previously spent the 2015 season as the defensive line coach at Birmingham Southern. In 2014 he was a graduate assistant working with the defensive line at Alabama-Birmingham. Prior to his stint at UAB, Cotton was a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Alabama during the fall of 2013, working with football, baseball, and rowing. He also spent time as a strength and conditioning coach at Robert E. Lee High in Montgomery, Ala. Cotton holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Alabama State, where he was a standout on the field and in the classroom. He was a four-year letterman for the Hornets, earning Second Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors while serving as a team captain in 2011. Also, Cotton was a member of ASU’s Dean’s List from January 2011 through his graduation in 2013.

Defensive Line
Gray Curtis

A newcomer has come aboard to work with the UWG defensive line this fall. Gray Curtis will be part of the Wolves defensive staff this 2018-19 season.

Curtis comes to West Georgia following his undergraduate years at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a native of Spanish Fort, Ala., and prepped at Spanish Fort High, one of America’s most successful and premier high school football program.

Enrique Davis

A talented newcomer to the Wolves' staff will mentor the running backs in 2018. Enrique Davis was appointed in June by head coach David Dean to mentor the UWG backfield this season.

Davis comes to UWG following a season on the staff at Division II Morehouse. He also has seven years of experience coaching at the high school level in both Georgia and Florida.

As a player, Davis had a standout career at the University of Mississippi. He was SEC Newcomer of the Year in 2008, and was a major contributor to the Rebels winning a pair of Cotton Bowl Championships.

Prior to his Ole Miss days, Davis prepped at both A. Crawford Mosley High, and later at prestigious Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy. He was a Parade Magazine All-American as a high school senior, and was chosen for the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl. Also, following his time at Hargrave, he was rated the number one postgraduate prospect in America by both and

A native of Lynn Haven, Fla., Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Park & Recreational Management from the University of Mississippi. He remains very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other organizations, and was inducted into the Bay County (Fla.) Boys-and-Girls Club Hall of Fame.

When Coach Davis is not on the field or mentoring, he is spending time with his wife and children. He is married to Keia Davis and have five children; Omari, Elijah, Enrique Jr, Eniya and Emani.

Anthony Taylor

A talented, young coach with Valdosta State in his background joins the West Georgia staff for the 2018-19 season. Anthony Taylor joins the West Georgia staff this season as the Wolves cornerbacks’ coach.

A native of Warner Robins, Taylor comes to West Georgia following two seasons on the staff at Oklahoma Panhandle State. Previously, he served two seasons as a graduate assistant on Dean’s staff at Valdosta State. Prior to his Valdosta years, Taylor enjoyed an outstanding playing career at South Alabama.

Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
Dustin Landry

Head coach David Dean has announced a key addition to his UWG Wolves coaching staff. Dean has named veteran Dustin Landry as the Wolves’ new defensive coordinator for the 2018 season.

Landry brings an impressive resume to the UWG staff. He has served as defensive coordinator at four previous stops, including a season ago at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He previously held similar positions at FCS Western Carolina (2016), Holmes (Miss.) Community College (2015), and Navarro (Texas) Community College in 2012.

Landry began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater, Auburn, in 2007. He mentored in 2008 under Gene Chizik as a graduate assistant at Iowa State before returning to Auburn in 2009, and was on the defensive staff during Auburn's 2010 national championship run. Landry was also reunited with Chizik at North Carolina as a defensive quality control coach prior to taking the Holmes defensive coordinator job in 2015.

A native of Gulf Shores, Ala., Landry received his undergraduate degree in criminology from Auburn in 2006 and his master's degree in college administration from Auburn in 2009.

Offensive Line
Trey Caso

A veteran of the UWG program, Trey Caso is part of the 2018 West Georgia coaching staff. Caso will work the Wolves’ offensive line.

A native of Roswell, Caso came to West Georgia as a player in 2015. An injury forced him off the field, but he remained with the program as a student assistant while completing his undergraduate degree. A graduate of Blessed Trinity High School, Caso signed originally with Liberty as a high school senior.

Graham Craig

Head coach David Dean has announced the appointment of Graham Craig to his UWG staff for the upcoming season. Craig is West Georgia’s new quarterbacks coach.

Craig is no stranger to his new boss at UWG, A native of Birmingham, Ala., and product of nationally known power Hoover High School, Craig was a reserve quarterback on Dean’s 2012 NCAA Championship team at Valdosta State. He later completed his playing career at LaGrange.

On the coaching front, Craig has a varied background. He worked a season as a grad assistant at Arizona State, and he spent last season as an offensive analyst at Nevada. In April Craig became the director of football operations at Samford, and is now on the staff at UWG.

J.R. Dorman

Head coach David Dean has announced the appointment of James (J.R.) Dorman to his 2018 coaching staff. Dorman will serve as UWG’s linebacker coach and special teams coordinator. Dorman comes to UWG with impressive credentials. He was part of Dean’s 2015 staff on an NCAA Playoff team at Valdosta State. Prior to that he coached at Fairmont (W.V.) State, and spent five seasons working with linebackers, secondary, and special teams at Georgia Tech. Also, Dorman coached at Wittenberg and Dennison in Ohio, and began his professional career as an intern with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Dorman is a 2003 graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. While at South Carolina he served as a student assistant on the staff of former coach Lou Holtz.

Patrick Gamble

A former local prep standout, Patrick Gamble returns to his hometown for the 2018 season. A former Central Lion standout, Gamble joins the Wolves’ staff this fall and will work with the UWG linebackers.

Gamble comes to West Georgia following a strong career as a defensive tackle at Georgia Tech. His biggest season as a collegian came as a senior in 2016; 53 total tackles, 7.5 quarterback sacks, and 10 tackles for loss. Gamble signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets, and spent parts of the 2017 NFL season on the practice squads of both the Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.