Daly Field at Frank R. Campbell Stadium
Daly Field at Frank R. Campbell Stadium, located on Averett University's North Campus, is a multi-purpose outdoor athletic facility that is home to the Averett football, men's soccer and women's soccer teams, and the future home of men's and women's lacrosse. Read More
Cleive Adams was hired as Averett Universitys football head coach in January 2014. Adams became the third head coach of Averetts football program, which began play in 2000. He took over a program that has produced one conference championship, several All-Americans and other numerous individual accolades. Adams also entered the program during an exciting time as Averett begin play in 2014 on its new turf field, Daly Field, which was installed along with lights as Phase 1 of its planned $6.5 million sports complex that is home to Averetts football and soccer programs. Phase 2 of the project, which includes a three-story press box and permanent bleacher seating at the newly named Frank R. Campbell Stadium, will debut for the 2016 season.
In his first season at the helm of the Averett football program, the Cougars finished 2-8 – a record that wasnt indicative of the teams development throughout the season. Two Cougars received USA South All-Conference honors and one was named the Roanoke Times All-State Team. One Cougar was selected to play in the D3 Senior Classic following the season. In his second season, the Cougars went 2-7 while producing four USA South All-Conference selections, three All-State selections by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) and two voted to the Roanoke Times All-State Team.
In the classroom, Adams program has produced three Academic All-District peformers and numerous USA South Academic All-Conference selections.
Assistant Head Coach/Football Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Patrick Henry serves as Averetts assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach.
Henry originally joined the Averett program in February 2012 as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also served as a wide receivers coach during the spring of 2014 before taking over the recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach duties in 2014. Henry was named the assistant head coach in 2015.
Henry previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Division I Ball State University, where he coached on offense for two years. Prior to that, he was the wide receivers coach at the University of Dayton from 2007-10. Henry also coached at Clarion University as a graduate assistant from 2005-06.
Football Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Shannon Johnson has served as Averetts offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since February 2014.
Under the guidance of Johnson, Averetts offense thrived in 2015 as the Cougars set many single-season program records on offense, including most yards of total offense per game, most passing yards per game and highest passing efficiency. Averett also finished with its second-highest single-season totals in total offense and passing yards – both of which would have easily been program records had the Cougars not had a game canceled during the season. Individually, Johnsons coaching helped one quarterback set the programs single-season mark for passing yards (2,047) and total offense (2,257) despite only playing nine games in 2015.
Prior to Averett, Johnson served as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry College for five years. At Emory & Henry, Johnson was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Under his tutelage, the Wasps passed for 255 yards per game with a completion percentage of 66 percent and 21 touchdowns for the season.
Football Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
Treiston Burnette joined the Averett University football coaching staff as defensive coordinator in February 2016.
Burnette came to Averett from Guilford College, where he coached for five seasons. During his final two seasons at Guilford, he served as the co-defensive coordinator for the Quakers, who went 17-3 during that span.
Burnette began his coaching career at Guilford in 2011 by assisting with the defensive backs. In 2012, he coached the linebackers before becoming the defensive backs coach in 2013. He continued as the defensive backs coach while also serving as the co-defensive coordinator for the Quakers.
Football Linebackers Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
David Clark joined the Averett University football staff as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator in the spring of 2016.
Clark came to Averett from Guilford College, where he coached for four seasons. During his final three seasons with the Quakers, he was the linebackers coach and helped produce five all-conference linebackers, including one all-region selection.
Prior being named Guilfords linebackers coach, Clark coached the Quakers running backs for one season. He also gained valuable experience as a student-assistant with the Guilford football program from August 2009 through November 2011.
Football Offensive Line Coach
Patrick Bolen is Averetts offensive line coach after working with the offensive line and tight ends in 2013. Previously, he served as as a linebackers coach and defensive assistant coach for Averett since 2011. Before rejoining the program, he coached the Cougars offensive line from 2006-09. During the 2011 season, he helped coach the defensive line. Bowlen has also helped coach long snappers and various special teams positions with Averett.
Before joining Averetts football staff, Bolen was a linbackers coach at Christiansburg High School from 2003-06.
Bolen graduated from Averett in 2008 with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He completed his masters in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2011.
Football Tight Ends Coach
Brad Lopez joined the Averett football coaching staff prior to the 2012 season as an offensive assistant coach. After coaching running backs for four seasons, Lopez is coaching tight ends in 2016.
Before coming to Averett, Brad had coached high school football for the past 23 years. Most recently, for nine seasons, he had been at nearby George Washington High School. While there, he served as the assistant head coach and the passing game coordinator.
For six years before coming to Danville, Brad was the head varsity football coach at Laurel Park High School in Martinsville, Va., where he led the Lancers to the regional playoffs in back to back seasons. Prior to his contribution at Laurel Park, he started his coaching career as the quarterback coach at Bassett High School. He later worked as the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator throughout his eight-year tenure at Bassett.
Football Specialists Coach
Al Smith has been with the Averett football team since the programs inception in 2000. He serves as the specialists coach and has produced several strong kickers during his time with the Cougars.
Smith coached former Averett standout Sean Sullivan into a professional football career in 2003. Sullivan played with the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the Arena2 Football League.
Smith attended Lees-McRae College, where he was the kicker for the Bobcats, from 1961-62. He then transferred to Averett and earned a bachelors of science degree.
Football Safeties Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coach
Brent Skipper joined the Averett football program in the summer of 2014 as an assistant coach after playing four seasons for the Cougars. He also serves as a strength and conditioning coach. After previously coaching rovers, Skipper is coaching safeties in 2016.
A native of Mount Dora, Florida, Skipper was a defensive back for Averett from 2010-2013. In 31 career games, Skipper totaled 82 tackles and returned one blocked punt for a touchdown. He also succeeded in the classroom, earning USA South Academic All-Conference honors multiple times.
Skipper is pursuing his masters degree in business adminsitration from Averett.
Football Wide Receivers Coach
Kirkland Brown joined the Averett football coaching staff as an assistant in July of 2015 after playing five seasons for the Cougars. Brown is coaching the wide receivers in 2016 after previously coaching tight ends.
In his five years at Averett, Brown picked up many awards both on and off the field. He exhibited great sportsmanship on the field, earning the 2015 Dr. Frank Campbell Sportsmanship Award at Averett along with being named to the USA South Conference All-Sportsmanship Team twice. Brown succeeded in the classroom as well, earning USA South Academic All-Conference honors five times. On the field, Brown threw for a combined total of 3,612 yards and 25 touchdowns at the quarterback position and was the team captain his junior and senior seasons.
A native of Lexington, North Carolina, Brown graduated from Averett in the spring of 2015 with a bachelors degree in sports management. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in education at Averett.
Football Defensive Line Coach
Ben Harris joined the Averett football program in July 2015 as an assistant coach working with the defensive line.
A native of Warrenton, Virginia, Harris played four seasons for Averett as a linebacker from 2011-2014. In his last two seasons, Harris posted 75 tackles and made two interceptions. Off the field, Harris earned a spot on the USA South Academic All-Conference Team.
Harris earned his bachelors degree in physicaly education from Averett in May 2015 and his pursuing a masters degree in special education from Averett.
Football Running Backs Coach
Harry John joined the Averett University football team in the summer of 2016 as an assistant coach after playing four seasons for the Cougars. He will serve as the running backs coach.
A native of Cary, North Carolina, John was an offensive lineman for Averett from 2009-12. He made 25 game appearances in his time as a Cougar. In 2012, he was a member of Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State Team and was also a 2012 selection to the USA South All-Conference Team.
During his time at Averett, John was a four-year member of the athletic training program, where he served as a student trainer. In 2013, John earned his Functional Movement Screening certification.