Pearl River Community College hired David Saunders as the school’s new head football coach in December.
Saunders, 57, was approved as the Wildcats’ 16th football coach by the PRCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
Saunders was an assistant coach for the Wildcats in the 2015 season, directing the team’s secondary and special teams.
A native of Douglasville, Ga., Saunders was a walk-on lineman at Auburn in the late 1970s under Doug Barfield. He earned a BS in education from Auburn in 1982.
He began his coaching career in 1982 as a teacher and coach at Andalusia (Ala.) High School, then moved to the college ranks in 1984 at Jacksonville State, where he coached wide receivers and defensive backs, and was also recruiting coordinator.
After five seasons at Jacksonville State, he spent three seasons at Georgia Southern as defensive line coach, then two seasons at Nicholls State, where he was defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Saunders spent one year at Baylor, then two seasons at Arkansas State, followed by a year at Tennessee before going to Ole Miss in 1998 for the first of three stints with the Rebels.
He spent four seasons in Oxford as assistant to the athletic director for recruiting and coordinator of high school and community college relations, then was hired as head coach at Millsaps, coaching the Majors for three seasons, compiling a 7-21 record from 2003-05.
Following his tenure at Millsaps, Saunders returned to Ole Miss in 2006 as linebackers coach. He later served the Rebels as administrative operations coordinator before going to Louisiana-Lafayette in 2011, where he coached cornerbacks for four seasons.
CLEO LEMON / OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Lemon, 36, comes to PRCC after one season as wide receivers coach at Findlay University in Ohio.
He is a native of Greenwood, Miss., and attended Greenwood High, where he played for his father, Cleo Lemon, Sr.
Lemon was a four-year starter at quarterback for Arkansas State from 1997-2000, passing for 7,309 yards and 48 touchdowns during his career there.
He went undrafted in the 2001 National Football League draft, but signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers in 2002, beginning a 10-year professional career that also saw him play for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and the Toronto Argonauts.
After several seasons as a back-up, Lemon got a chance to play for the Dolphins at the end of the 2006, and he started seven games in Miami in 2007, passing for 1,773 yards and six touchdowns.
His most extensive action came in 2010 with Toronto in the Canadian Football League, starting 17 games and passing for 3,433 yards and 15 TDs.
After his playing career was over, Lemon coached high school teams in Jacksonville, Fla., and helped operate youth camps in Mississippi, before hiring on at Findlay.
ZACH LOCHARD / DEFENSE-STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Lochard, 32, will serve in some capacity on defense – either linebackers or defensive line – and will conduct the Wildcats’ strength and conditioning program.
He is a native of Longmont, Colo., and played collegiately at Adams State (Colo.). He earned a BS is Sports and Exercise Science from Northern Colorado in 2008 and a Master’s in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State.
He began his coaching career while still an undergraduate at Northern Colorado, serving three years as wide receivers coach. In 2009, he moved on to Western State (Colo.), where he coached defensive backs, then tight ends in 2010. He was also assistant strength and conditioning coach both seasons at Western State.
In 2011, Lochard moved to Louisiana-Lafayette, where he served three seasons. He was offensive line coach, as well as strength and conditioning coach, in 2011, he moved to the defensive line in 2012 and was outside linebackers coach in 2013.
He spent the past two seasons (2014, 2015) as an assistant coach at Central Lafourche High School in Raceland, La., where he was in charge of linebackers.
Lochard and his wife, Christi, have a 1-year-old son, Landon.
TED EGGER / DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR-SECONDARY-SPECIAL TEAMS
Egger, 38, is a native of Hornell, N.Y., and attended Lock Haven (Pa.) University, where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in health and physical education. He obtained a masters from Adams State (Colo.) in human performance and education in 2002.
He started his coaching career as a student assistant in charge of the secondary while still an undergraduate at Lock Haven in 2000. He spent one season as defensive backs coach at Texas Lutheran and two years at Adams State, where he was in charge of the secondary, outside linebackers and was special teams coordinator.
He returned to Lock Haven in 2004 as secondary coach, then spent three seasons at Ferris State (Pa.) as secondary coach and special teams coordinator. He spent three seasons at Northwood (Mich.) coaching defensive backs and four seasons back at Adams State as defensive coordinator and special teams coach. His last season at Adams State, he was also assistant head coach.
In 2015, he served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Concordia (Minn.).
Egger and his wife, Sarah, have one son, T.J.
KELVIN BOLDEN / WIDE RECEIVERS
Bolden, 27, is a native of Ocean Springs, Miss., and played two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he was All-State wide receiver for both of his two seasons there, and an All-America as a sophomore in 2009.
He went on to star at Southern Miss, catching 104 passes for 1,393 yards and 13 touchdowns in his tow season as a Golden Eagle. He was a member of USM’s Conference USA championship team in 2011.
He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2012, but was released in training camp and later signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Bolden served as a volunteer assistant coach in the Ocean Springs School District in 2014 before coming to PRCC in 2015. He has an 8-year-old son, Kameron.
TERRENCE METCALF / OFFENSIVE LINE
Metcalf, 37, comes to PRCC after one season as defensive line coach at Oxford High.
Metcalf is a native of Clarksdale, Miss., and was a Parade All-America in 1997, following his senior season at Clarksdale High.
He signed with Ole Miss, and was a four-year starter for the Rebels as an offensive lineman for the Rebels from 1998-2001. He was a first-team All-SEC selection his junior and senior seasons, and was a second-team All-America in 1999 and a consensus first-team All-America in 2001.
Metcalf was selected in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears in the third round (93rd pick overall), and he played with the Bears from 2002-08.
He played 78 games in his pro career, starting 25, and he was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl team in 2006.
Metcalf was in private business before embarking on his coaching career. He served Oxford High as an offensive line coach on a volunteer basis before taking over the defensive line on a full-time basis in 2015.
He has an 18-year-old son, D.K., who will be a freshman wide receiver at Ole Miss after a stellar high school career at Oxford.
MATT MONACELLI / RUNNING BACKS
Monacelli, 24, is a native of Albion, N.Y., and played for Albion High. He played one season at Baldwin-Wallace College, then transferred to St. John Fisher College, where he played three seasons, graduating in 2015 with a degree in sports management.
During his career at St. John Fisher, Monacelli caught 25 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
He comes to PRCC after one season as wide receivers coach at Findlay, where he served with Wildcats offensive coordinator Cleo Lemon.
NATHAN WIGGINS / LINEBACKERS
Wiggins, 25, comes to PRCC from Adams State (Colo.), where he was a player and assistant coach.
Wiggins is a native of Littleton, Colo., where he played on two state championship teams as a defensive back at Columbine High. He played four seasons at Adams State as a linebacker, graduating in 2014.
Following his college career, he spent five months playing professionally in Germany for the Troisdorf Jets, where he helped the coaching staff.
After his stint overseas, he returned to Adams State as volunteer assistant in 2014 and was a graduate assistant in 2015 in charge of running backs.
Wiggins is engaged to be married to Mikaela Hoelsken, who was an NCAA Division II track and field All-America at Adams State.