Head football coach Brian Mayper completed his eight-man staff with the additions of assistants Dwight Dabney and Derrick Pickens.
Dabney, a former Ranger College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University athlete, will work primarily with wide receivers this fall. Dabney has coached high-school level football in Dallas ISD, most recently at Carter High after a seven-year stint as Co-Offensive Coordinator at Conrad High School.
Pickens, a former defensive lineman at Kilgore College and at The University of Iowa, will coach outside linebackers this fall. The 1999 NJCAA first-team All-American earned Southwest Junior College Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors at Kilgore. The SWJCFC leader in sacks and tackles for losses also led the Rangers to a No. 2 overall ranking in total defense.
Pickens, elected an Iowa captain, earned All-Big Ten defensive tackle honors and was named the Alamo Bowl’s Defensive MVP after a 19-16 win over Texas Tech in 2001.
Pickens played the 2002 season with the Oakland Raiders, and played with the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush (2003-06).
Mayper’s complete staff includes offensive coordinator Cody Crill, running backs-tight ends coach Josh Moore, defensive coordinator Scott Joseph, defensive line coach Rudy Griffin, defensive backs coach Patrick Resby