A native of Shelby, N.C., Odums began his coaching career returning to his high school alma mater, Crest High School, where he turned in a stellar playing career for the Eagles of North Carolina Central University in Durham. As a three-year starter, he became an AII-CIAA selection his senior year, and also served as a team captain. Following his playing career, he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1997.
Odums joined the Jaguars defensive staff after three seasons in various positions at Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference traditional power, North Carolina A& T. Prior to his arrival in Baton Rouge, Odums most recently served as the Aggies Defensive Coordinator in 2010 after having served as the schools defensive line coach and special team's coordinator in the previous two seasons.
In the history of Southern University Football, only two coaches have conquered such feats as winning the SWAC West Title, SWAC Championship and being named SWAC Coach of the Year in their first full season as head coach. Current Head Football Coach Dawson Odums holds that unique distinction as he looks to take the program to even higher heights as he embarks on his six season at Southern University here on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in 2017.
At his time at Southern University Coach Odums compiled a Conference record of (34-10), an Overall record of (38-12) without major Division 1 schools and also a record of (38-18) with major Division 1 Schools. Coach Odums has also coach 19 1st Team All-Conference players, 12 2nd Team All-Conference players, and 4 All American players which are Lee Doss, Dray Joseph, Willie Quinn, and Lenard Tillery. Also at his tenure at Southern University Coach Odums has been blessed to send 6 players to the NFL/CFL which are Rashaun Allen (Houston Texans), Arthur Miley (Miami Dolphins), Mike Jones and Willie Quinn (Hamilton Tiger-Cats), Lenard Tillery (Los Angeles Rams) and Danny Johnson (Washington Redskins).
With over 18 years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach Odums lacks no motivation for the 2017 season as he looks to continue the winning ways Southern accumulated in his 4th season by instilling the core values of a Jaguar (Commitment, Discipline, Effort, Toughness & Pride) on a daily basis in all facets of the program.
Coach Odums has been married to his beautiful wife Audrey for 19 years, and reside in Zachary with their two daughters, Jasmine and Jaiden.
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