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Brent Dearmon leaves Auburn to be offensive coordinator
Jan. 9, 2015

Brent, Amanda and Carter Dearmon celebrated after an Auburn win

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Brent Dearmon didn't have time for long goodbyes at Auburn.

He was offered the offensive coordinator job at Arkansas Tech on Thursday, was driving to Russellville, Arkansas on Friday and was set to be on the job Saturday.

Dearmon was moving on, from offensive analyst at Auburn to his first full-time coaching position in college. He's another who has used one of Auburn's analyst positions or graduate assistant jobs as a springboard to full-time positions the last two years.

Dearmon, a former high school coach at B.C. Rain and Vigor in south Alabama, thanked Auburn coach Gus Malzahn for the learning experience.

"The positon at Auburn has been a phenomenal situation for the high school guys and college guys who are looking to elevate their careers," Dearmon said. "Look at the number of the guys who have moved on with opportunities. I know it opened the door for me to get into the college game from high school. 

"I appreciate Coach Malzahn and how he values high school coaches. I'm appreciative of him and his staff for taking all of us guys in and trying to help us move on to the next level."

Dearmon is following other recent Auburn analysts and graduate assistants to other full-time jobs, such as Chip Lindsey to Southern Miss as offensive coordinator, Kodi Burns to Samford, Brandon Hall to Jacksonville State and Al Pouge to Troy, Wes Murphy to Virginia Union and Dell McGee to Georgia Southern.
The next stop for Dearmon is a chance to take what he learned about Malzahn's offense to Arkansas Tech and Wonderboys' head coach Raymond Monica.

"He wanted something similar to what Auburn does offensively," Dearmon said.

That means "a lot of unusual formations, plays, pace and tempo. But I also learned how to practice it. I learned the little things that make our offensive line one of the best in the country, I learned what we teach our quarterbacks, I learned the precision of the route running of the receivers. I learned the simple things at lot of people don't look at."

And with that, driving toward Russellville on Friday night, Dearmon remembered the good things.

"It was a phenomenal experience for me to be at Auburn," he said. "I learned a ton of ball, I learned off-the-field things and it was just a true blessing."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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