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Corey Batoon came to FAU in January of 2017 and will focus his attention on the Owls’ special teams, with the safeties, and also will serve as co-defensive coordinator.
At Ole Miss
Batoon joined the Owls after a four-year stint on the Ole Miss staff where he was promoted to assistant coach for safeties and special teams coordinator in January 2015.
In his first season coaching safeties, Batoon helped guide a Rebel defense that returned four interceptions for touchdowns, including two by All-American safety Trae Elston. The four pick-sixes tied a school record that dates back to 1938. In total, Ole Miss ranked second in the SEC with 15 interceptions and third with 23 turnovers throughout the 2015 season.
Elston earned First Team All-SEC honors, while fellow senior safety Mike Hilton was a Second Team All-SEC pick in 2015.
Ole Miss was also among the nation’s best in kick coverage, ranking among the top 32 in both punt return defense and kickoff return defense. The kicking game was especially strong in 2015, as sophomore Gary Wunderlich led all SEC kickers and ranked in the nation’s top 20 with 120 points on 19-of-25 field goals and a school-record 63-of-63 PATs.
A 20-year veteran in the college coaching ranks, Batoon served as Ole Miss’ assistant athletics director for recruiting operations in 2013 and 2014 after his first position with the Rebels, assistant AD for player development.
He has helped the Rebels land four straight top 15 signing classes, including the 2013 and 2016 hauls that ranked among the nation’s top five. He also contributed to the program advancing to four straight bowls, for the first time since 1997-2000.
At Arkansas State
Batoon arrived in Oxford after three seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas State, where he coached cornerbacks, safeties and special teams during his tenure. Serving under Head Coach Hugh Freeze in 2011, Batoon tutored cornerbacks Darryl Feemster and Darron Edwards to All-Sun Belt Conference honors, as A-State led the league in total defense (331.46 ypg) and scoring defense (20.77 ppg).
In 2010, Batoon coached First Team All-Sun Belt Conference safety M.D. Jennings, who recorded 84 tackles, three interceptions, four pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Jennings and Keclie McCray ranked second and third on the team in tackles, respectively, as the duo combined to post 163 tackles. Both Jennings and fellow safety Adrian Hills were named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week once in 2011, and the safety corps was responsible for seven of ASU’s 11 interceptions.
Batoon’s first season at ASU saw the Red Wolves’ secondary help lead the defense to a Sun Belt Conference No. 1 ranking in total defense and No. 2 ranking in passing defense.
At Northern Arizona
Prior to Arkansas State, Batoon spent the previous 11 seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Northern Arizona. He also spent time as the special teams coordinator during his NAU tenure.
Initial Coaching Experience
Batoon went to NAU after a year at Montana where he worked with the defensive line. Before that, he was special teams coordinator and secondary coach at Central Missouri State after two years at Saint Mary’s (Calif.) and a three-year stint at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles.
As a Collegiate Player
Batoon played at San Diego City Junior College and later at Long Beach State (1988-89). He graduated from LBSU with a degree in political science in 1991, later earning a master’s in health, physical education and recreation from Saint Mary’s in 1996.
Born: October 1, 1968
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Education: Long Beach State, B.S. Political Science ’91; Saint Mary's, Master’s Health and Physical
Education and Recreation ‘96
Family: Stacy (wife), Brandy and Summer (daughters)
2017 – Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach Safeties/Special Teams/Co-Defensive Coordinator)
2015-16 – Ole Miss (Assistant Coach/Safeties & Special Teams Coordinator)
2012-15 – Ole Miss (Assistant AD for Recruiting Operations/Defensive Assistant
2009-11 – Arkansas State (Assistant Coach/DB & Special Teams
1998-2008 – Northern Arizona (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach)
1997 – Montana (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line)
1996 – Central Missouri State (Assistant Coach/Secondary & Special Teams Coordinator)
1993-95 – Saint Mary’s (Calif) (Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator)
1991-92 – Pierce Junior College (Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs/Special Teams)