New Mocs Head Football Coach Tom Arth Completes His Coaching Staff

( UTC football coach Tom Arth put the finishing touches on his first staff this week. Jonathan Cooley is the new defensive backs coach, Demarcus Covington takes over the outside linebackers and Ryan Aplin is the wide receivers coach. Scott Aligo also joins the program as the director of player personnel.

“It is very exciting to have our staff complete,” stated Arth. “We feel so confident in the men we have brought into our program, and they are going to set outstanding examples for our student-athletes in so many ways. They are experts in their field and this is the most important place in the world to them.

“They are all excited to get started and get out on the road recruiting. We are very pleased to have such an incredible group together.”

Cooley spent last season as a defensive graduate assistant at Kentucky. Before joining the Wildcats’ staff, he was Arth’s secondary coach at John Carroll University for two seasons. Cooley also coached safeties at Bluffton (Ohio) University in 2012 and was the defensive backs coach and assistant special teams coordinator at Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) in 2011.

“Jonathan is a John Carroll grad, who is coming to us from Kentucky,” said Arth. “He has great experience, not only with our defense, but also at Kentucky under Derrick Ansley who is now the secondary coach at Alabama. He is a young and talented coach with a very high ceiling.”

Covington comes to UTC from Eastern Illinois, where he was the co-defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach for the Panthers. A 2011 graduate of Samford, he coached the defensive line at UT Martin in 2015 and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss. He also worked as a graduate assistant at UAB in 2012.

“Demarcus blew me away in the interview process,” explained Arth. “I had never met him, but I had heard so many great things from a number of people that I respect. Within 10 seconds of meeting him, I knew he was the right person to help us do some very special things in our program.”

Aplin joins the Mocs after one season as the receivers coach at North Alabama. He previously served two years (2013 and 2014) as an administrative intern at Ole Miss. Aplin played under both Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn as a quarterback at Arkansas State. There he led the Red Wolves to back-to-back conference championships and was Sun Belt Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2011-12).

“What has been so exciting to me about Ryan is how much this opportunity means to him,” stated Arth. “He is as competitive of a person that I have met and I am excited for the experience that he will bring to our staff. His pedigree as a player is tremendous and he has been around some great programs, players and coaches. I know he is going to do a great job with our wide receivers.”

Aligo was most recently the director of player personnel at John Carroll University. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as the player personnel associate with the Cleveland Browns. His coaching stops include assistant defensive ends at Northern Colorado (2014), Defensive assistant at Texas A&M University (2012-14), Defensive quality control at Oklahoma State University (2011-12) and defensive graduate assistant at Washburn (2010-11). He started his career as a player personnel assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs (2005-09).

“Scott is going to be an incredible asset to our program,” said Arth. “He brings years of expertise in scouting and personnel in the NFL, having worked with the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs for over six years. He also has major college football coaching experience at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.”

Up next for the Mocs is Signing Day on Feb. 1. UTC hosts its annual Signing Day event at the Finley Stadium Club that evening.

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