- Two thousand three has been a whirlwind year for David Warner,
the new wide receivers coach for the Southern Miss Golden Eagle
football team. Warner has moved to a new city, gotten married, purchased
a home, and on top of all that is now coaching a position he has
never coached before.
been very hectic," Warner said, adding: "I'm happy to
be here. It's a great situation. I'm really hoping this is a place
I can settle down and help continue to build on the tradition that's
already been established here."
Part of settling
down here for Warner was marrying the former Leigh Ann Hall last
June. Warner said that he and his new wife are a perfect fit not
only personally, but also professionally. Leigh Ann is currently
the director of athletic development for the Southern Miss Athletic
in Hattiesburg this past January to begin coaching the wide receivers,
a duty that Head Coach Jeff Bower had previously handled himself.
said that coaching a position his current boss has coached up until
now has not brought any added pressure.
head coaches are always evaluating you, no matter what position
you're coaching, and no matter what their background is," Warner
said. "I don't feel any extra pressure coaching a position
that Coach Bower's coached. He's sort of stayed back and let me
do it. At the same time, I've gone to him and will continue to go
to him for advice and for things he thinks I should be doing.
been real good about just handling the head coaching duties, and
letting me do my things, but at the same time, I'm always looking
for input from him."
receivers differs from some of the coaching tasks Warner has undertaken
in the past, which have included passing game coordinator and quarterbacks
coach at Houston, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at
Connecticut, and passing game and quarterbacks coach at Wyoming.
as the difference in coaching, you're dealing with more guys, and
a little bit different technique, as far as the finer points of
route running, blocking and releases."
that a combination of things drew him to Southern Miss.
the number one thing is that I was with the University of Houston,
so I was familiar with the conference and the tradition of Southern
Miss," he said. "That's the key word there-tradition,
the tradition of success that Coach Bower has established here.
I wanted very much to be involved in a program where you expect
to win. That sort of expectation level is something that was a big,
big factor for me.
Bower is a big part of that because he has been the leader of that
and has done such a great job."
factor for Warner was the presence at Southern Miss of new offensive
coordinator Rip Sherer, whom Warner has known for years.
what Southern Miss looks like from the opposite sideline, something
Warner got a taste of firsthand while coaching at Houston, Warner
said, "We saw them as one of the top schools in Conference
USA, and they showed it to us when we played them."
letterwinner at quarterback for Syracuse University from 1978-81,
Warner likes to jog, play golf and get out on the lake on his Waverunner
when he's not coaching. He has one daughter, Alexandria.