HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson announced the hiring of Erik Losey, Friday, as an assistant coach to oversee the offensive line.
Losey comes to Southern Miss after spending the last three seasons as offensive line coach at ETSU, helping to resurrect a program which he played for before it was dropped following his second season with the program in 2003. The Buccaneers, which restarted football for the 2015 campaign, improved their victory total from year one to the second year by three victories and ended the season by defeating NCAA Playoff team, Samford, in its final game of the campaign. One of his players, Ben Blackmon, earned All-Southern Conference honors.
“I am looking forward to coming into a system that was built on toughness,” said Losey about accepting the job at Southern Miss. “If you ever look back into the program’s history, everything was built off of toughness. That is something that we will have a big emphasis on in our (meeting) room. We are going to play fast and we are going to be physical and that is what we are going to be known for. We are going to do our best to make those on previous Southern Miss teams proud with the way that we go out and play the game.”
Prior to ETSU, Losey worked for Hopson for one season at Alcorn State as offensive line coach and helped the offense finish first in the least sacks allowed, second in total offense and third in rushing yards in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He coached one All-American that season with the Braves as well as a total of three all-league performers.
The 2012 season saw Losey coaching first the tight ends and then the running backs at Campbell University, where he tutored a freshman running back to All-Pioneer League honors. In 2011, he coached at Webber International, overseeing the offensive lineman while directing the team’s run game. He had two lineman that year nominated for All-American honors.
During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Losey served as the offensive line quality control coach at Florida State. As a member of the FSU staff, Losey aided assistant coach Rick Trickett and served under coaches Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher. During his two seasons there, the Seminoles collected two bowl victories – winning the 2010 Gator Bowl and the 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
The Hixson, Tenn., native started his coaching career as the offensive graduate assistant at WKU during the Hilltoppers transition from FCS to FBS status, working there for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. “We are certainly glad to have Erik back on staff with us,” said Hopson. “He is an extremely hard worker who is an excellent recruiter and an all-around great coach. I am glad he is a Golden Eagle.”
Losey also enjoyed a standout collegiate playing career at both ETSU and at WKU, where he played his final two seasons, starting all 47 games of his career.
As a freshman at ETSU, he was a nominee for the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. Following the 2003 campaign in which ETSU dropped their program, Losey transferred to WKU where he was selected to the All-Gateway Conference second team and a first-team newcomer selection in 2004. As a senior, Losey earned first-team American Football Coaches Association All-America honors and named a third-team selection by the Associated Press.
In addition to his All-America accolades, Losey garnered All-Gateway Conference first-team honors, while also winning national Lineman of the Week honors for his play against Auburn, while collecting the league’s weekly award twice.
Losey received his undergraduate degree from WKU with a double major in History and Social Studies in 2006.
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