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After competitive 23’ season, Livingstone College coaching staff is gearing up for CIAA title run in 2024



Salisbury, NC June 2, 2024 – In the realm of college football, the success of a team often hinges on the quality of coaching staff and the talented players they recruit. One such coach who has made a significant impact is Coach Mark Williams, the outstanding Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Livingstone College. Known for his expertise in developing defensive linemen and his exceptional recruiting prowess, Coach Williams has played a pivotal role in shaping the success of the Livingstone College football program. 

Coach Mark Williams

1. Background and Career Path: Coach Williams’ journey to becoming a renowned coach started with his passion for the sport. As a player, he excelled as a defensive lineman during his high school years, which provided him with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. After completing his playing career, Coach Williams transitioned smoothly into coaching at various levels before finding his niche at Livingstone College.

2. Development of Defensive Linemen: One of Coach Williams’ greatest assets is his ability to transform raw talent into formidable defensive linemen. Through his meticulous attention to technique and his commitment to player development, he has consistently produced top-tier players who excel on the field. Under his guidance, Livingstone College’s defensive line has become known for their tenacity, strength, and disciplined play.

3. Strategic Recruiting: As the Recruiting Coordinator, Coach Williams has played a crucial role in bringing in talented athletes to Livingstone College. His extensive network and knowledge of the recruiting landscape have allowed the program to attract exceptional prospects. Coach Williams understands the importance of recruiting not just talented athletes but individuals who align with the values and culture of the team, ensuring a cohesive and successful unit. Since arriving at Livingstone College, Coach Williams has produced 4 All Conference players and 1 National All American, as well as an underrated defensive back who transferred to a power 5 university after just one season at Livingstone College.

4. Mentorship and Leadership: Coach Williams is not only a skilled coach but also a mentor and leader for his players. He fosters an environment of growth, instilling discipline and determination in his athletes. His dedication to their overall development, both on and off the field, has earned him the respect and admiration of the players under his tutelage.

5. Impact on the Livingstone College Football Program: Coach Williams’ contributions to the Livingstone College football program are immeasurable. His expertise in coaching defensive linemen and his exceptional recruiting abilities have elevated the team’s performance and reputation. The program has seen increased success in recent years, with the defensive line becoming a formidable force in the conference and attracting talented recruits from across the country.

Coach Michael Austin

Coach Austin Coach Michael Austin has been a driving force behind the success of Livingstone College’s turnover-hungry defense. As the defensive coordinator, Coach Austin has instilled a tenacious and aggressive mindset in his players, emphasizing the importance of creating turnovers and making game-changing plays. Under Coach Austin’s guidance, the Livingstone College defense has become known for its ability to force turnovers and capitalize on opponent’s mistakes. This disruptive style of play has been instrumental in the team’s success, often providing a spark and momentum shift during crucial moments in games. Leading the charge for the defense is Jaden Echols, a two-time All-Conference linebacker. Echols’ exceptional skills and leadership have been instrumental in the team’s defensive success. With his speed, instincts, and relentless pursuit of the ball, Echols has consistently made impactful plays, whether it’s interceptions, forced fumbles, or key tackles. Coach Austin’s coaching philosophy revolves around creating a disciplined and aggressive defense. He emphasizes the importance of proper technique, sound fundamentals, and relentless effort in order to create turnovers. Through film study, practice drills, and game planning, Coach Austin ensures that his defense is well-prepared to exploit weaknesses in the opposing team’s offense.

The success of Coach Austin’s turnover-hungry defense has not gone unnoticed. Opposing offenses have struggled to find success against Livingstone College, often falling victim to forced turnovers and costly mistakes. This has given the team a significant advantage, allowing the offense to capitalize on short fields and swing the momentum in their favor. Coach Austin’s ability to develop a turnover-focused defense and cultivate the talents of players like Jaden Echols showcases his coaching prowess. His attention to detail, strategic approach, and ability to motivate his players have made him highly regarded in the coaching community. The impact of Coach Michael Austin and his turnover-hungry defense led by Jaden Echols has been instrumental in the success of Livingstone College’s football program. Their ability to create turnovers and make game-changing plays has elevated the team’s performance and helped secure victories.

In conclusion, Coach Michael Austin’s turnover-hungry defense at Livingstone College, led by two-time All-Conference linebacker Jaden Echols, has become a formidable unit. Through Coach Austin’s expertise and leadership, the defense has developed a reputation for its ability to force turnovers.

Marcel Caver, Wide Receivers Coach

Coach Marcel Caver has been an integral part of the success of Livingstone College’s explosive wide receiver core, led by the talented Devontay Deloatch. Caver’s coaching expertise and his ability to develop and refine the skills of his players have significantly contributed to the team’s overall performance. Coach Marcel Caver brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as the Wide Receiver Coach at Livingstone College. With a deep understanding of the intricacies of the position, Caver is well-versed in teaching his players the fundamentals of route running, catching technique, and overall game strategy. His dedication to player development and his commitment to excellence have made him highly regarded in the coaching community. Under Coach Caver’s guidance, Livingstone College’s wide receiver core has flourished. One standout player who has benefited greatly from Caver’s coaching is Devontay Deloatch. Deloatch has emerged as a dynamic playmaker for the team, showcasing exceptional speed, agility, and hands. Coach Caver’s coaching philosophy revolves around pushing his players to reach their maximum potential. He emphasizes the importance of attention to detail, discipline, and hard work in order to excel on the field. Through personalized training sessions, film analysis, and constructive feedback, Caver ensures that each receiver under his tutelage has the tools necessary to succeed. The explosive wide receiver core at Livingstone College, led by Devontay Deloatch, has become a force to be reckoned with. Deloatch’s ability to create separation from defenders, make difficult catches, and turn short gains into big plays has made him a standout performer. His success can be attributed, at least in part, to the exceptional coaching and mentorship provided by Coach Caver. The impact of Coach Caver and his explosive wide receiver core led by Devontay Deloatch has not gone unnoticed. Their performances have garnered attention from rivals and fans alike, raising the profile of Livingstone College’s football program. Coach Caver’s ability to develop top-tier talent and produce outstanding results on the field is a testament to his expertise and dedication.

Coach Caver has been instrumental in the success of Livingstone College’s explosive wide receiver core. Through his coaching prowess, he has helped players like recently transferred Matthew Henry, Devontay “Tay” Deloatch and Angel Carrillo reach their full potential and become key contributors to the team’s success. Coach Caver’s dedication to player development and his unwavering commitment to excellence make him a valuable asset to the program.

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FRISCO, TEXAS — Bowl Season announced on December 21st that the East-West Shrine Bowl, the nation’s oldest college all-star football game, has been named the first and only all-star game member of Bowl Season. Through this partnership, the East-West Shrine Bowl officially joins 43 other college football bowl games as a member of Bowl Season. Along with being the first all-star game as a member of Bowl Season, the East-West Shrine Bowl becomes Bowl Season’s second oldest game next to the historic Rose Bowl Game.

“We are truly excited to officially add the East-West Shrine Bowl to the Bowl Season lineup where it has always belonged,” said Nick Carparelli, Executive Director of Bowl Season. “Bowl Season is an annual celebration of college football, and I can’t think of a better way to cap it off each year than by watching the sports best players wear their school’s helmets one more time.”

“We are proud to join alongside the nation’s most iconic college football bowl games as an official member of Bowl Season,” said Bob Roller, Vice President of Sports for Shriners Children’s. “The life-changing impact of our East-West Shrine Bowl and our international healthcare system will now be officially celebrated from coast to coast throughout Bowl Season.”

Legendary College All-Star Game

Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Bowl has benefited Shriners Children’s and its mission to provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

The East-West Shrine Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best college football players in the world to showcase their talents as top NFL Draft prospects in front of all 32 NFL teams’ scouts and executives. Many of professional football’s most recognized and decorated players, including legends Tom Brady, Walter Payton, John Elway and current rising stars Brock Purdy, Zay Flowers and Isiah Pacheco all played in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Celebrating 99 Years in 2024

The 99th annual East-West Shrine Bowl will kickoff Thursday, February 1, 2024 in Frisco, Texas, at Ford Center at The Star, the worldwide headquarters and training facility for the Dallas Cowboys. The game will be nationally televised in primetime on NFL Network. Proceeds from the game will fully benefit the mission of Shriners Children’s.

About Bowl Season

Bowl Season is one of the greatest and longest running traditions in American sports, taking place in late December and running through early February, and has been college football’s post-season for over 100 years. It promotes the grand tradition of the bowl system and its endearing value to student-athletes, highlighting the broader university and college communities, including spirit squads, marching bands, athletic staff and fans. Bowl Season spotlights the distinctiveness of each of the bowl games along with their histories and traditions and their proud communities – embracing and honoring the bowl experience for present and future generations.

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