Coach Freeze continues to round out his coaching staff as Scott Symons is set to be named Liberty’s Defensive Coordinator as first reported by Pete Thamel.
Symons comes to Liberty from Memphis where he spent the past year as an inside linebackers coach with the Tigers. Memphis lost to Wake forest, 37-34, Saturday in the Birmingham Bowl.
Symons graduated from Lindenwood in Missouri in 2008, and then spent the 2008-2011 seasons at Harding University, serving in a variety of roles from receivers coach, defensive backs coach, and co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
He left Harding in 2012 to join Gus Malzahn’s staff at Arkansas State as defensive quality control coach and also assisted as a strong safety coach. After 1 season at Arkansas State, he joined the staff at Arkansas Tech in 2013. He was then hired at West Georgia as defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the 2014 season.
At West Georgia, Symons helped the Wolves to a 40-13 record in four seasons, including back-to-back 12-win seasons, two NCAA Division II Super Region 2 titles and a Gulf South Conference crown. Symons guided six defenders to all-conference honors, including a pair of defensive All-Americans: end Dylan Donahue and corner Marcus Sayles. Donahue, who was named the GSC Defensive Player of the Year, who has played with the New York Jets. Former Wolves Tyrell Adams (Oakland Raiders) and Sayles (Buffalo Bills) are three players off Symons’ defense currently in the NFL.
Symons was a two-year starter at linebacker at Lindenwood University in Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Lindenwood in 2008 and added a master’s degree in Education in Kinesiology from Harding University in 2009. Symons coached at Saint Dominic High School outside St. Louis for the 2007 season while completing his degree.