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Zips football: Bowden chooses defensive backs coach

By George Thomas Published: February 3, 2014

From a University of Akron athletics department news release: University of Akron football head coach Terry Bowden announced on Monday that Otis Mounds, a former professional player and experienced coach at both the collegiate and high school levels, has joined the Zips' staff as cornerbacks coach. His hiring is pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

Mounds, who played safety for Bowden at Auburn during the 1993 and '94 seasons, joins the UA staff after serving as defensive backs coach at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss., over the last year. His resume also includes two seasons on the defensive staff at Texas Tech (2010-11) and two years as coach of the secondary at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (2008-09) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His professional playing career featured time in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.

"We look forward to having Otis join our staff," Bowden said. "He brings a unique mix of college and high school coaching background, including having worked with one of the best prep programs in the country at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. Those connections will certainly help us in terms of recruiting. Additionally, his experience as a professional player will be a valuable resource for our players."

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