Jim Deaton returns to Carson-Newman for his third stint and 25th
season as defensive coordinator.
Deaton first left C-N to become athletic director at Campbellsville University in 1999. He returned to the Eagles coaching staff in 2001 to again become defensive coordinator. After four more seasons in Jefferson City, Deaton went back to Campbellsville, this time as head football coach.
While serving as defensive coordinator for C-N, Deaton has produced 52 All-Conference and 14 All-American players. Many of those players - David Pool, Joe Fishback, Clayton Holmes, Marq Cerqua, Todd Collins, Cedric Killings and Steve Josue - went on to play in the NFL.
A member of the 1972 Carson-Newman team, which played in the first national championship game in school history, Deaton has installed a winning attitude in all of his defenses at C-N. In his 24 seasons with Sparks, Deaton has been a part of 18 South Atlantic Conference championships, including 15 in his last 17 years.
Deaton will inherit a defense that returns three All-SAC performers, led by first team selections Mario Russell (Columbus, Ohio), at safety, and Brian Brown (Hartwell, Ga.) at linebacker. He has also already coached two Eagles he'll have on this year's unit. Senior Denares Waites (Alma, Ga.), a preseason All-American in 2008 before a wrist injury, was a redshirt in 2004, while defensive end Donte' Strickland (Louisburg, N.C.) was a true freshman that year.
Deaton began his coaching career after his 1974 graduation from C-N. After serving three seasons as a coach at Morristown East High School, he was named the head coach at J.J. Kelly High School in Wise, Virginia. He posted an impressive 18-2 record in two seasons before moving back to East Tennessee to work with coach Sparks at Farragut High School in Knoxville and later at Carson-Newman.
Jim and his wife, Delphine, reside in Jefferson City. They have two grown children - Amy and Ben.