MIAMI — Justin Gordon is the latest addition to the coaching staff of the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M football program.
Gordon, previously running backs and special teams coach at Oklahoma Baptist University, replaces Gerald Howse.
The Norse staff was familiar with what Gordon brings to the table.
“Coach Crissup (defensive coordinator Zach Crissup) had coached him in the past and Coach Rice (offensive coordinator Andrew Rice) had worked with him in the past, so there is a lot of familiarity,” Norse head coach Zach Allen said. “We are excited to have him on our staff.”
Prior to joining the OBU staff, Gordon had worked with Rice at Bartlesville High School.
Gordon officially starts next week.
Gordon, who had prepped at Tulsa Washington, played football and baseball at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College then finished up at Belhaven University, located in Jackson, Mississippi.
“We had talked with him about other openings in the last six months and just hadn’t been able to make things work for one reason or another,” Allen said. “This particular time, the timing worked and the opportunity fit. We were able to make it happen. It will be as smooth of a transition in July as can be.”
Howse accepted a position as running backs coach at Division I Northwest Louisiana State.
“It gives him the opportunity to go to an offense that he knows,” Allen said. “Coaching running backs is his passion. It gives him a chance to go get the rest of his master’s degree paid for.
“It’s hard to turn down.”
Howse was a member of the Norse staff for two years, coaching running backs and tight ends.
He was a two-time All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference running back for NEO, where he played from 2010-2012.
Howse helped the Golden Norsemen win the SWJCFC title in 2012.
“He was great because of the energy he brought every day and the intelligence he brought to both sides of the ball,” Allen said. “His experience and the way he connected with kids was an asset.”
Brad Laird begins his first season as the Demons head coach.
Brad Smiley, who spent 11 seasons as head coach at SWJCFC rival Trinity Valley Community College, was added to Laird’s staff as offensive coordinator.