Otis Mounds, a former professional player and experienced coach at both the collegiate and high school levels, joins the Bulldogs coaching defense. Coach Mounds, who played safety for Terry Bowden at Auburn during the 1993 and 1994 seasons, joined Bowden's Akron staff in 2014 after serving as defensive backs coach at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss. 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.
While at St. Thomas Aquinas, Mounds tutored LaMarcus Joyner who was named the National Defensive Player of the Year and went on to play at Florida State. He also coached Cody Riggs (Florida), Brian Robinson (Marshall), Keyon Payne (Miami), Ronnie Kennedy (Central Michigan) and Desmond Southward (Wisconsin). Joyner (St. Louis Rams), Riggs (Tennessee Titans), Marcus Roberson (St. Louis Rams), and Southward (Atlanta Falcons) went on to play in the NFL.
Before his stint at Holmes CC, Mounds was head coach at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis, Ind., for one season (2012). He also served as head coach and defensive coordinator for three seasons at Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs, Fla. (2005-07). Mounds began his coaching career at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 2000, where he was the secondary coach and defensive coordinator.
Notable players under his watch at Coral Springs Charter included Darius Butler (Connecticut/New England Patriots), Evan Landi (South Florida/New England Patriots), and Jamal Davis (Florida Atlantic).
After completing a four-year career at Auburn (1990-94), Mounds played one season in the Canadian Football League for the Birmingham Barracudas before a four-year stint in the Arena Football League. While in the arena league, he competed for three different teams: Memphis (1996), Florida (1997-99) and Carolina (1999). He graduated from Auburn in 2003 with a degree in health promotions/sports and recreation management.
Mounds, 47, and his wife Myra have two sons, Otis Jr. and Myran, and two daughters, Oteria and Faith.
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