Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers running back Stephen Houston (12) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Cam Burrows (16) with defensive back Vonn Bell (11) and safety C.J. Barnett (4) looking to help in the fourth quarter of the game at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes beat Indiana Hoosiers 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

James Madison hires Ohio State assistant as head football coach


James Madison University (JMU) recently announced the hiring of Everett Withers as its new head football coach. Withers served most recently as an assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the past two years with Ohio State University.

“Coach Withers impressed us greatly not only with his experience on the field, but also with his strong commitment to the student-athlete,” said Jonathan Alger, JMU president. “Coach Withers is dedicated to JMU’s educational mission and believes that his team’s success begins in the classroom.”

In 2012 with Withers as a co-defensive coordinator, Ohio State ranked second in the Big Ten with 14 interceptions and all four starting defensive backs earned All-Big Ten Conference recognition.

“Everett is a proven winner and has shown his ability to lead, having spent time as a head coach,” said Jeff Bourne, JMU director of athletics. “The entire committee was incredibly impressed when we met with him, and I have no doubt that he will be a great leader for our football program and mentor to our student-athletes for many years to come.”

Withers has 26 years of caching experience, including six years in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

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