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Latrell Scott was named the 17th head football coach in Norfolk State history on Dec. 16, 2014.
In his first year as NSU head coach, Scotts Spartans went 4-7 against a schedule including three Division I FBs teams. Linebacker Deon King became the first consensus first-team FCS All-American in school history and won the Buck Buchanan Award as the nations top defender at the FCS level. More important than wins and losses, Scott went about changing the culture of Spartan football in 2015, stressing accountability and discipline from his players on and off the field.
Scott came to NSU following an outstanding two-year run as head coach at Virginia State University. Scott directed the Trojans to a 19-4 record and two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Northern Division regular-season titles in his two seasons in Petersburg. The Trojans never lost to a CIAA team under Scotts direction, going a combined 15-0.
Director of Football Operations
Shawn Hunt is in his third year on the NSU football staff. After serving as a quality control assistant in 2015, Hunt now holds the position of director of operations. He handles many of the daily administrative tasks for the program.
Hunt came to NSU after serving as special teams coordinator at Thomas Dale High School in Richmond in 2014.
Hunt spent three years at Virginia State (2011-13), serving as the Trojans starting placekicker in ’12 and ’13. Hunt made 10 field goals and 51 extra points in his time at VSU, helping the Trojans win the CIAA Northern Division regular-season title in 2013.
William “B.T.” Sherman
Ass. Head Coach/ Running Backs
William “B.T.” Sherman is in his first year on the NSU football coaching staff. He serves as the Spartans’ running backs coach and assistant head coach.
Sherman joins NSU with eight years of previous collegiate coaching experience within the MEAC. Previously, he coached at Howard University for three seasons (2014-16). He finished his tenure in 2016 serving as associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Sherman was promoted to those positions after coaching the wide receivers for two years (2014-15).
Sherman helped lead Howard to the No. 2 ranking in the MEAC in rushing yards. The Bison improved six places in the MEAC statistical rankings in total offense from 2015 to 2016, averaging more than 100 yards per game better than the previous year. Howard had three offensive players earn All-MEAC honors in 2016, including a pair of first-team selections.
Dyrell Roberts, a native of Smithfield, Va., joins the NSU football staff this year to serve as wide receivers coach. He is also the Spartans’ recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator.
Roberts comes to NSU after serving as receivers coach at Division II Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., in 2016. During his stint with the Pumas, Roberts helped sophomore Tremel Glasper earn all-conference honors after Glasper caught 64 passes for 936 yards and six touchdowns. That included separate games of 17 receptions (a SJC record) and 218 receiving yards during the 2016 season.
Roberts joined the SJC coaching staff after spending the 2015 season at Division III Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. There, Roberts coordinated the team’s passing game, special teams units and strength and conditioning program in addition to serving as quarterbacks coach. As special teams coordinator, one of Roberts’ pupils, Lajay Kelly, led all of Division III with seven blocked kicks. In addition, quarterback Westley Hundley earned honorable mention All-Heartland Athletic Conference (HCAC) honors while leading the Quakers in both passing and rushing yards under Roberts’ tutelage.
Andrew Faison joined the Norfolk State football coaching staff in early 2016. He coaches the Spartans’ inside linebackers.
Faison joined the NSU staff after spending two seasons as associate head coach and linebackers coach at Delaware State.
Prior to his time at DSU, Faison spent 11 seasons as head coach at Virginia State (2002-12), where he compiled a 58-52 overall record. VSU posted five winning seasons under Faison’s leadership. His best season came in 2010, when he led the Trojans to an 8-3 overall record, the CIAA Northern Division title and a berth in the conference championship game. Four VSU players earned first-team All-CIAA honors in 2010, including the league’s Special Teams Player of the Year, Justin Parker. Faison garnered CIAA Coach of the Year honors that season, as well.
Defensive Line Coach
Zach Tenuta is in his first season on the Spartan football coaching staff. He coaches the defensive linemen.
Tenuta comes to NSU after serving in a similar capacity in 2016 at Chowan University, a member of the Division II CIAA. In his one year with the Hawks, Tenuta mentored two All-CIAA players.
Prior to Chowan, Tenuta spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Virginia (2014-15), working with the defensive ends. In 2015, Tenuta coached Trent Corney, who went on to be selected ninth overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the following year’s Canadian Football League Draft, and Mike Moore, a CFL import player who helped the Ottawa REDBLACKS win the 2016 Grey Cup championship.
Tight Ends Coach
Justin Williamson is in his first season as the tight ends coach at Norfolk State University.
Williamson comes to NSU after a stellar playing career at the University of Richmond, where he was a four-year letterwinner from 2011-14. Williamson played defensive end for the Spiders. As a senior in 2014, Williamson was a third-team All-CAA pick and team captain for a Richmond team that advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs. Williamson had 62 tackles and nine sacks that season. He also helped the Spiders win the CAA title in 2012.
Williamson, a native of Hampton, Va., was a two-way starter and all-region lineman at Phoebus High School, which won three state championships during his prep career.
Defensive Backs Coach
Cordell Taylor joined the Norfolk State University football staff in 2017 as defensive backs coach.
Before coming to NSU, Taylor served as the secondary coach at Savannah State University for three seasons. He also served two stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Hampton University. In 2013, he was the Pirates secondary coach, and in 2009, he coached the cornerbacks. During the 2013 season, the Pirates ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense and were 12th in passing yards allowed.
Taylor’s coaching career started when he served as an intern with the NFL Europe’s Berlin Thunder in 2007. He worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an intern in the scouting department in 2008. He also spent one season at Georgia State University as an intern during the 2010 season, working with the defensive backs.
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Matt Dawson, a 15-year coaching veteran, is in his first season as defensive coordinator on the NSU football coaching staff. He also works with the NSU safeties.
Dawson spent the 2016 season as defensive line coach at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts. He also worked with the special teams units of the Minutemen.
Prior to going to UMass, Dawson spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as linebackers coach at Rhode Island. In 2015, Dawson oversaw one of the Rams’ stronger units. Linebacker Adam Parker earned All-CAA second-team honors after finishing second on the team in tackles. In his first season, Dawson’s coached All-CAA first-team selection Andrew Bose, who led the league with 125 tackles. Bose and Parker were the team’s top two tacklers, as Parker had 102 stops. After the season, Bose signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.
Assistant AD/Strength and Conditioning
Chris Neff enters his second year, and his first full academic season, as NSU’s assistant athletics director for strength and conditioning in 2015-16. In that capacity, he oversees and implements the strength and conditioning programs for all 15 of the Spartans’ athletics programs.
Before coming to NSU, Neff served as the strength and conditioning coach in the fall of 2014 at Virginia State University. Neff worked closely with the Trojans’ football team, which won the 2014 CIAA championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Neff began his career by working with young student-athletes at Elkin Sports Performance in Richmond, Va. He worked with athletes ranging from 7 years old to college and professional athletes. During his tenure at Elkin Sports Performance, Neff also volunteered with the strength and conditioning department at the University of Richmond, working primarily with the football, baseball and women’s lacrosse teams.