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Six coaches join Co-Lin teams

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The cheer squad and football, baseball and golf teams at Co-Lin have added new coaches to their staffs.

Cory Boyd has joined the cheer squad as an assistant coach. Former lady Wolves basketball standout Alexus Holt has returned to the team’s coaching staff an assistant coach. Matt Gordon is joining the football coaching staff as defensive coordinator and Darius Buck will work with the team’s cornerbacks as a new assistant. Chase Stewart has joined the baseball Wolves as a pitching coach and Dejoné Lee will coach the college’s golfers.

Boyd is a graduate of Co-Lin, playing football for the Wolves in the 1999-2000 before becoming a cheerleader in 2000-2001. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a cheerleader from 2001-2004 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. He has over a decade of experience as a cheer coach, including most recently at Gym of Dreams in Brookhaven where he is the athletic director and head coach. Boyd has 150 regional and national elite competitive cheer titles to his credit as a coach as well as 12 high school state titles and a Top-15 finish at The World’s Championship Competition.

Holt, a native of Epps, Louisiana, played for the Lady Wolves from 2016-2018 as a two-year starter who averaged 12.9 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game. At Grambling State University, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. At Grambling, Holt was named a First Team All-SWAC performer and made the SWAC All-Tournament team while playing in all 30 games. She averaged 36.6 minutes per game and led the team in points per game at 17 while also averaging 5.3 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game. Holt also shot nearly 41 percent from the floor and 74.2 percent from the foul line and was named to the BOXTOROW All-American Team. She was also named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) All-Louisiana Second Team after her final season at Grambling.

Gordon comes to Co-Lin from Tyler (Texas) Junior College where he has been defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach since January 2017 after 12 years at Henderson State University with similar responsibilities. Gordon has coached 20 all-conference selections throughout his career, including three-time All-American Devon Hughes, who led the nation in passes defended for three straight seasons. He also spent the 2004 season coaching at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, as the defensive secondary coach and prior to that spent two season at Cisco (Texas) Junior College as linebackers coach, defensive line coach, and strength and conditioning coach.

The Charlottesville, Virginia, native graduated from Concord University and Tarleton State where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in sports management/physical education and a Master’s Degree in physical education. He played football at Concord, was an All-Conference linebacker, recorded 16 career sacks, and received an invitation to play in the college All-Star game. He also attended Fork Union Military Academy and graduated from Western Albermarle High School where he was a first team All-Conference football and lacrosse player. Gordon and his wife Josie are the parents of three children -- Micah, 8; Jadelyn, 5; and Bo, 18 months.

Buck comes to Co-Lin after spending a two-year stint at Clark Atlanta University as the defensive coordinator. He spent two years as an assistant coach at Albany State University where he coached cornerbacks and the punt return team from 2017-2019. Under his leadership, the punt return team finished third in the country in blocks in 2018, and the defense was ranked Top 15 against the pass in 2017. Buck also has experience at the University of South Alabama as a graduate assistant from 2015-2017 where he assisted with defensive backs as well as special teams.

Buck started his career coaching at Jones County Junior College where he spent two years (2013-2015) coaching nickel backs and assisting with special teams. He was also part of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) staff of the year in 2013 while at Jones. He is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi and played at Murray State University. Buck graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Exercise Science in 2012, and earned his Master’s Degree in Health Education from the University of South Alabama in 2017.

Lee comes to Co-Lin after finishing her playing career at Blue Mountain College this past May. She is a native of South Africa and graduated from Curro Bankenveld in Witbank, South Africa, in 2016. Lee then attended Blue Mountain from 2017-2022 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has experience as a golf instructor at Edwin Compton Golf Academy in Witbank and worked at the Bankenveld Golf Club. Lee is married to former Wolf Pack golfer Will Lee.

Stewart comes to Co-Lin after spending the last year as an assistant coach at Petal High School where he worked primarily with pitchers, outfielders, and strength and conditioning among other duties.

He spent two years at Clinton High School as the pitching coach and worked exclusively in developing a throwing program along with rehab protocols for the players. He was also assistant baseball coach and cross country head coach at Wayne County High School. A native of Laurel, Mississippi, and a 2010 graduate of West Jones where he played baseball, Stewart went to Jones County Junior College where he was a member of the 2011 National Runner-up baseball Bobcats. He finished his academic career at the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2015.

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