Chris Boone named Southern Miss defensive line coach
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson has announced that former Golden Eagle player and coach Chris Boone has joined his staff as the defensive line coach.
Boone returns to his alma mater (Class of 1997) following a three-year stint as the Murray State defensive coordinator and safeties coach. His 2016 team forced 23 turnovers, which ranked No. 25 in FCS. Two of his players that year finished third and No. 42 in the country for passes defended.
Prior to his time with the Racers, Boone spent time at Samford (2014), Northwestern State (2013) and Jacksonville State (2011-12). The Gamecocks won an OVC title during his tenure, and five of his players over the two years earned All-Conference honors. He was also the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Tennessee-Martin from 2006-10, helping the team to a playoff appearance and No. 13 national ranking his first season. Boone also had two All-American linebackers.
Other stops in Boone's tenure include East Central Community College (2004-05), Nicholls (2002-04), Arkansas-Monticello (2000-02), UAB (1999-00), Pearl River CC (1997-98), Wayne County HS (1998) and Southern Miss (1996-97). The Golden Eagles won the C-USA title each of those seasons.
Boone was also a two-year captain at Jones County JC from 1991-92. He joins recent hire and current cornerbacks coach Eddie Hicks (Class of 2010) as former players on the 2018 staff.
Southern Miss is home for the first two weeks of the 2018 season when it hosts Jackson State (Sept. 1) and ULM (Sept. 8). Season tickets are available by visiting SouthernMissTickets.com, calling 1-800-844-TICK, or stopping by the Pat Ferlise Center during normal business hours.