Monarchs Stay Local With Latest Addition To Football Staff

November 28, 2007
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 28, 2007

Norfolk, Va. - Old Dominion University head football coach Bobby Wilder announced today the addition of Dealton Cotton to his coaching staff where he'll serve as the defensive line coach.

"It was an honor and a privilege to work in the Norfolk Public School System, but I was ready for a new challenge" said Cotton. "My ultimate goal here at Old Dominion is to aim high and be the best defensive line coach I can be, not only in the CAA, but in the entire country. Hopefully hard work and dedication to the program will help me attain that goal."

A native of Norfolk, Cotton spent the past 13 years coaching high school football, including the last five as a head coach. He most recently coached the Commodores of Maury High School to a four-year mark of 30-15, earning District Coach of the Year and NFL State Coach of the Year honors in 2005 after posting a mark of 10-2.

Cotton's first head coaching stint came at Hertford County High School in North Carolina where he earned another District Coach of the Year distinction in 2003 after taking the Bears from 5-5 the previous season to a mark of 10-2.

Cotton holds three degrees from East Carolina University including a bachelor's in criminal justice and a bachelor's and master's degree in social work. A four-year letterman at nose guard for the Pirates' football team, Cotton helped guide ECU to appearances in the 1992 Peach Bowl and the 1994 Liberty Bowl.

"I'm excited with the addition of Dealton to our staff and the Old Dominion family," added Wilder. "He brings 13 years of high school coaching experience in here in Norfolk and in North Carolina. He's been a head coach the past six years, twice being named Coach of the Year. Dealton was an outstanding defensive lineman at East Carolina and he'll be a tremendous mentor to our defensive linemen here at Old Dominion."

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