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Larry Fedora
Larry  Fedora

Head Coach


From Walk-On To Pro Athlete

David Cohen | Content Writer


Post Game Notes

Southern Miss 24, Nevada 17


Post Game Quotes

Southern Miss 24, Nevada 17


Golden Eagles Soar Past Nevada in Hawai'i Bowl, 24-17

Austin Davis threw two touchdowns, including a 4-yarder late in the game.


Ellis Johnson Named Head Football Coach at Southern Miss

Johnson becomes the 19th head football coach in Southern Miss history.


Week 14


Football Video Board: Pre-Game


Week 13


Featuring Head Coach Larry Fedora


Week 12


Golden Eagles Soar Past Nevada in Hawai'i Bowl, 24-17

Austin Davis threw two touchdowns, including a 4-yarder late in the game.


Southern Miss Captures C-USA Championship Over Houston, 49-28

The Golden Eagles capture their fifth C-USA football championship.


Southern Miss Captures C-USA Championship Over Houston, 49-28

The Golden Eagles capture their fifth C-USA football championship.


Eagles Secure East Title With 44-7 Win Over Tigers

Golden Eagles grab their first C-USA Eastern Division title since 2006.


No. 25 Southern Miss Survives UCF, 30-29

Danny Hrapmann kicked five field goals to secure the Eagles' victory.

When Larry Fedora accepted the job to become the 18th head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, he promised that his football team would "attack" in all phases of the game.

That is exactly what the Golden Eagles have done during his three seasons as the program's mentor.

In his first year in Hattiesburg, Fedora's squad broke 36 school records on the way to ending the season with a five-game winning streak to reach a bowl game. The Golden Eagles extended that streak in 2009 to eight games - the longest consecutive winning streak for the program since the 1958-59 seasons - and in the process through the course of the season kept several program streaks intact during the season and now into the 2010 season including:

• 17th straight current winning season, which trails only Florida, Florida State and Virginia Tech • ninth straight bowl appearance • at least seven wins in 14 of the past 15 seasons • appearing in the 13th bowl game in the last 14 seasons

The Fedora era has drawn record crowds. The 2009 opener against Alcorn State set a stadium record for attendance with 36,232 and the overall mark for the year was 184,178. The Golden Eagles averaged over 30,000 fans for the second straight year with 30,696 in 2009 and broke their own record of 30,079 set in 2008. In 2010, the Golden Eagles averaged 29,400.

The Golden Eagles have become an offensive juggernaut during Fedora's tenure and again did not disappoint in 2010. In 2008, one of the school records they established was most total offensive yards with 5,636. They came close to breaking that record again in 2009 with 5,413 yards of total offense. In 2010, the team is on the cusp of breaking the school record, gaining 5,498 during the regular season.

The Golden Eagles finished 31st in the nation in total offense in 2009, after finishing No. 20 the year before - the highest finish for the Golden Eagles since becoming a member of the FBS.

Southern Miss, known for its defense over the years, has seen a return to the "Nasty Bunch" style of days gone by. The "Nasty Bunch" defense was given to those Golden Eagle defenses back in the late-70s and early 1980s for its stingy style and given the name by then former defensive coordinator and later head coach, Jim Carmody. The Golden Eagles have forced turnovers in 35 of 38 games during the Fedora era and two or more in 26 contests. That turnover margin helped the Golden Eagles rank No. 10 in turnover margin nationally for the second consecutive year in 2009.

In 2010, the Golden Eagles had 20 players be cited by Conference USA for their play, including first team performers Cameron Zipp, Johdrick Morris and Danny Hrapmann.

The successes for Fedora for his program have not been limited to just the field. The school was one of 39 FBS institutions in 2009 recognized for its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) by the American Football Coaches Association. The Golden Eagles achieved a rate of better than 90 percent to go along with Notre Dame and Miami - both at 100 percent - as well as Alabama, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Navy, Northwestern, Penn State and Rice.

The Southern Miss job has been Fedora's first head coaching assignment after excelling on the collegiate ranks as an assistant.

Fedora came to Southern Miss after spending the three previous seasons as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State where the Cowboys have been in the top 10 in rushing yards per game and in the top 20 in total offense per game in each of the last two seasons.

During Fedora's three-year tenure at OSU, the Cowboys raised their rushing, passing and total offensive yards each year that he was there. In 2006, the Cowboys were one of just two teams - the other being Boise State - to average over 200 yards both rushing and passing.

The OSU offense averaged over 30 points per contest over his final two seasons as well. The Cowboys made the biggest improvement in the country in scoring following his second season of running the offense, jumping from 96th nationally in 2005 to seventh in 2006.

Prior to his stint at Oklahoma State, Fedora spent three seasons at Florida where he served in the role of run game coordinator in 2002, perimeter game coordinator in 2003 and offensive coordinator in 2004. He also coached the running backs and receivers during those three seasons.

In 2004, Fedora's Gators ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in six different categories including passing offense (271.1), total offense (426.9), 3rd-down conversion percentage (47.8), touchdown passes (29), pass attempts (407) and pass completions (243).

Before going to Florida, Fedora was the offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee from 1999-2001. In three seasons at MTSU, Fedora's offense averaged 424 yards of total offense, 181 rushing yards and 31 points per game. With Fedora as their offensive coordinator, the Blue Raiders broke 43 school records over three seasons.

Fedora began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1986) at Austin College. He then served as an assistant coach at Garland (Texas) High School from 1987-90. Fedora then got back into the collegiate ranks in 1991, serving as the tight ends, wide receivers and running backs coach at Baylor, where he stayed until 1996. He then spent two seasons (1997-98) at Air Force coaching the passing game and wide receivers.

As a player, Fedora was a wide receiver at Austin College (1981-84). He helped lead the Kangaroos to the NAIA championship in 1981. He earned academic All-American honors in 1983, and honorable mention All-American in both 1983 and 1984.

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