The additions of Mitchell Pate and Dominique Bowman complete the defensive coaching staff for the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team, announced recently by sixth-year head coach Hud Jackson.
Pate joined the Weevils during the winter as the program’s new defensive coordinator. He comes to Monticello with over six years of collegiate coaching experience and four years of coaching in the high school ranks.
Most recently, Pate served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi during the 2015 season. He began his coaching career at the prep level as the linebackers and strength coach at Gateway High School in Fort Myers, Florida. He has also coached at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi as the defensive coordinator.
At the college level, Pate has made stops at Mississippi College, Southern Mississippi and Coffeyville Community College.
At MC, he was the defensive line and outside linebackers coach, while also serving as the team’s head strength and conditioning coordinator. During his tenure with the Choctaws, he coached five all-conference and all-region honorees.
After his stint at Forest Hill High School, Pate rejoined the college ranks a defensive assistant at Southern Miss, coaching defensive ends, linebackers and special teams.
Pate then moved on to Coffeyville Community College as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, where he led the top-ranked defense in the nation.
Pate and his wife, Beth, have a two-year-old daughter named Caroline. He has a pair of degrees from Mississippi College, a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in higher education administration.
Bowman is UAM’s new defensive backs coach. He comes to UAM following a two-year sting at the defensive coordinator at Cordova High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Bowman helped coach his team to a 9-2 record, and the No. 5 total defensive until in the state of Tennessee and No. 1 unit in the Shelby Metro.
During the 2015 season, Bowman coached three first team all-region defensive backs and two first team all-state players.
Over the past two seasons, Bowman has been selected as the defensive coordinator for the Liberty Bowl Memphis Metro All-Star Game.
During his playing career at Lambuth University, Bowman played under current Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, and earned all-conference honors as a junior and as a senior. He graduated from Lambuth in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science.
Jackson also hired two new graduate assistants during the off season. Reagan Wise and Jeff Barnett both were players and student assistants for the Weevils prior to being promoted. Wise was a four-year letter winner as UAM’s punter. Barnett most recently coordinated UAM’s video efforts. Both are UAM graduates.