Darion Howard's Work Ethic is Essential to His Success
Six Coaches Commented on Various Camps
Brian Wright, Marvin Sanders Named Offensive, Defensive Coordinators
Email: Jovan DeWitt
2013 - Florida Atlantic University (Defensive Coordinator)
2012 - Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/LBs/DC)
2009-11 - University of Northern Iowa (Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator/LBs
2006-08-St. Norbet College (Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
2004-05 - Northern Michigan University (Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
2003 - Fairmont State College (Assistant Coach/Offensive/Special Teams)
2002 - Ft. Scott Community College (Assistant Coach)
2000-01 - Northern Michigan University (Graduate Assistant/RB/Academic Coordinator)
1997 - Northern Michigan University (Student Assistant Coach/Defensive Line)
1993-96 - Northern Michigan University - Two-time All-American and 1996 Defensive Player of the Year.
Bowl/Post-Season Games as a Coach
2011 - FCS Quarter Finalist
2010 - FCS Play-offs
Broward, Collier and Lee Counties
The Dewitt File
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Education: 1999, B.S. physics and mathematics, Northern Michigan
Marital Status: Wife, Lisa
Children: Maya (9), Jovan, Jr. (6)
Jovan Dewitt came to FAU in January of 2012 with the responsibility of the linebackers. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator in October of 2013. The veteran coach was afforded the luxury of nucleus to build up with three players who were the team's top-three tacklers returning from 2011. This corps proved significant as the defense shifted back to a 4-3 base defense and eventually employed a dime package to defense the league's spread offenses. David Hinds led the Owls in 2011 with 110 tackles. He returned for his senior season with the burden of leadership and assisting the coaches with a team culture change despite the fact he wouldn't be with the program to reap the rewards. Hinds started every game and was a more complete player despite fewer tackles. Hinds recorded five double-digit tackle performances as well as his single-season high two forced fumbles and his first two fumble recoveries. While Hind's junior campaign was virtually a one man show, including the development of true freshman Andrae Kirk, it was that duo which ended the season playing their best football. Their efforts were supported by transfer Adarius Glanton who joined the team in August and made an immediate impact, especially after Randell Johnson's preseason was slowed with injury. Glanton was hot coming out of the box with an interception at Georgia, four games with double-digit tackles, including 11 at Alabama. Kirk began the year by taking advantage of every opportunity and ended it with 11 tackles his final game, including two for a loss and all-conference honorable mention honors as well as a third team all-conference selection by Phil Steele's Magazine. The trio was two - three and four among team tackle leaders and combined for nearly 30% of the team's tackles. Linebackers accounted for three of the team's eight interceptions (Glanton 2, Freedom Whitfield 1) and were critical in the Owls No. 27 national rank in pass defense. FAU also improved 20 spot in scoring defense. Dewitt also worked with the special teams which saw a 35 spot jump in Kick returns and a 24 spot improvement in punt returns.
At Northern Iowa
Dewitt had the opportunity to work with outstanding linebackers and teams. UNI posted a 24-11 record from 2009-11. UNI was ranked No. 18 in 2009-10 and moved to No. 6 nationally in 2011. In 2011 he coached LJ Fort who was named a six-time All-American and was the runner up in the Buck Buchanan Award. Fort was named the defensive player of the year and the Sporting News Player of the Year, College Sports Magazine Player of the Year and earned Player of the Week several times after he finished among the national leaders (all-divisions) in total tackles (186) and No. 2 among FCS teams. In 2009 Elijah Hodge earned the newcomer of the year award while Josh Mahony was a semifinalist for the Walt Byars award signifying academic excellence (award winner was Tim Tebow).
At St. Norbert
Defensive coordinator on a staff that saw Breadan O'Mally earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006. Team finished 10-1 and ranked No. 23 nationally at the NCAA Division III level. In 2007 the squad finished 10-1 and were ranked 10-1 behind the efforts of Jay Arndt who was the Defensive Player of the Year. The following year 2008, St. Norbert finished 7-3.
At Northern Michigan
He began his coaching career as a student assistant defensive line coach at NMU in 1997. As G.A. at NMU in 2000-01 he coached the running backs and was the academic coordinator.
At Ft. Scott Community College
Served as the Assistant Coach at Ft. Scott Community College in Kansas.
At Fairmont State
Named the offensive, special teams and academic coordinator at Fairmont State College in West Virginia
Collegiate Playing Career
Dewitt was a four-time letter winner at NMU from 1993-96. He was a two-time All-MIFC selection as he was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Dewitt was a two-time All-American.
Professional Playing Career
He was invited to the New Orleans Saints camp in the summer of 1997 and played three years in the Arena Football League with the Iowa Barnstormers (1997), the Orlando Predators (1998) and the Fargo Freeze (1999) in the AFL II.