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ETBU hires Odems wide receivers coach

MARSHALL, June 26, 2017 – Adding a new member to the football coaching staff, East Texas Baptist University announces the hiring of Demo Odems III, a former standout wide receiver at the University of Iowa. Odems will be the new wide receivers coach and comes to ETBU from Stephen F. Austin. At Stephen F. Austin, Odems coached the wide receivers and was the assistant head coach for two seasons. In those two years, Stephen F. Austin made the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs once and Odems helped produce two All-Southland Conference wide receivers. Prior to his position at Stephen F. Austin, he also coached two years at Montana State University as the running backs coach. Three players in that time earned awards as one was an All-American. Montana State also won a co-championship in the Big Sky Conference. 

Other coaching stops made at the collegiate level were at NCAA Division II Arkansas-Monticello and the University of Wisconsin (NCAA Division I). At Wisconsin, Odems was a graduate assistant under now Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and helped the Badgers to a Capital One Bowl Championship. Odems had a strong high school coaching career before moving onto the college setting. He made stops as a head coach at A.S. Johnston High School and Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Austin, Texas. At Lyndon B. Johnson H.S., he earned three district “Coach of the Year” awards and won three district championships.

His playing career started at the University of Iowa when he accepted a scholarship to play for the legendary head coach Hayden Fry. During his time at Iowa, he was named the Most Valuable Player in games vs. Ohio State (1995) and Wisconsin (1996). He also led the Hawkeyes to two appearances at the Alamo Bowl, including a 27-0 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and a 38-18 victory vs. the Washington Huskies in the 1995 Sun Bowl. When he left Iowa, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport, Health, Leisure and Physical Studies. Following college, Odems played one season for the Texas Terminators of the Indoor Professional League before playing for the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League. Leading the Rampage to Arena Bowl XV victory, Odems was named the Iron Man Award winner.

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