Partridge Assistant Staff Now at Seven
Brings Announced Assistant Coaching Staff to Five.
Darion Howard's Work Ethic is Essential to His Success
Six Coaches Commented on Various Camps
Brian Wright, Marvin Sanders Named Offensive, Defensive Coordinators
2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Defensive Coordinator/LBs)
2013 - Florida Atlantic University (Interim Defensive Coordinator/LBs)
2012-13 - Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/LBs)
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
The Dewitt File
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Education: 1999, B.S. physics and mathematics, Northern Michigan
Marital Status: Wife, Lisa
Children: Maya (10), Jovan, Jr. (7)
Jovan Dewitt came to FAU in January of 2012 with the responsibility of the linebackers. He returned in 2013 with a strong first team and the task of developing a second string. That plan quickly went askew with a season-ending loss of second teamer Freedom Whitfield and one week later being asked to assume the role of defensive coordinator after the mid-season dismissal of the previous coordinator. Dewitt was instrumental in the team's 4-0 season-ending win streak that resulted in the Owls being bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. He did so by simplifying the schemes which allowed the speedy Owls to play fast. He used his linebackers, two of which are back-to-back all-conference selections and more impressively the honors were bestowed by two different leagues. FAU accumulated 16 sacks in the closing weeks equaling the season total in the first eight games and surpassing the 12 sacks recorded in all of 2012. The 32 sacks on the season, a new FAU record nearly tripled the sack production from the previous season. The cumulative efforts of the Owls' defense saw FAU end the 2013 campaign ranked No. 11 nationally in total defense with corner D'Joun Smith earning a No. 3 spot in interceptions and a No. 2 spot in passes defended. As a team, the Owls ended 2013 No. 4 in pass efficiency defense, up 23 spots from a year ago. FAU concluded the year ranked in five top-25 defensive categories. In the first year of Conference USA play, the Owls ended the year ranked No. 1 in total defense and No. 3 in scoring defense.
In 2012, the veteran coach was afforded the luxury of nucleus to build upon with three players linebackers who were the team's top-three returning tacklers from 2011. This corps proved significant as the defense shifted back to a 4-3 base defense and eventually employed a dime package to defend 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 was signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins and remained with the squad until the regular-season opener. While the focus was on Hinds, sophomore Andrae Kirk developed into an all-conference selection by season's end. The duo of Hinds and Kirk teamed transfer Adarius Glanton, who joined the team in August and made an immediate impact. 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.
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