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Club Sports Football Coaches

A good coach can be a valuable asset to a Club Sports Team in terms of providing mature judgment and advice based on experience and insight into the sport, league, and community. Ideally, the coach(es) can help provide this leadership without usurping the authority of the student leadership. The primary goal of club sports is always on student development, therefore, the coach(es) should encourage this and allow students to make their own decisions with the guidance of the coach(es).

Kevin Adkins, Head Coach

Head Coach Kevin AdkinsHead Coach Kevin Adkins enters his 1st season at Clayton State University with high hopes of winning the South Atlantic Conference and being in the NCFA national championship contention. As the previous head coach at Gordon State, Adkins has compiled a 29-6 record, including winning the 2022 NCFA National Championship and two consecutive South Atlantic Conference titles. Coach Adkins was named the 2021 NCFA Coach of the Year. In 2022, he led Gordon State to a 12-1 record, with a dominating display of football, outscoring their opponents 407 – 99, including 3 defensive shutouts in rout to become the 2002 NCFA National Champions. Coach Adkins offense set multiple NCFA records and finished ranked 2nd in the nation in both total points scored and points per game average. The Defense led the Nation in Takeaways, total yards allowed, scoring defense, and was top 3 in almost every other major Defensive category.
Coach Adkins started his Football coaching career at Elite Performance Sports Academy, where he served 2 years as the offensive coordinator and elevated afterwards as the defensive coordinator at Point University. His coaching career includes stops at Dutchtown High School, Christian Community College, and Gordon State before joining the Clayton State Lakers family. Adkins graduated from Valdosta State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA in 2008. Coach Adkins was active in helping start the Point University football program, in 2011. As Gordon State Head Coach, Adkins produced 26 All Americans in three years. Adkins volunteers much of his time working with youth athletes at local camps and clinics.

Christian Lane, Assistant Head Coach

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Dennis Shoemaker, Offensive Line

Offensive Line Coach Dennis ShoemakerDennis Shoemaker was born on June 30, 1959, in Norwalk, California. He played offensive guard for the 1976 state Champions Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California. Dennis graduated and attended Antelope Valley Junior College. Dennis started at guard for two years and received a went to Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. At Bethany, Dennis played guard in both his junior and senior years for Head Coach Ted Kessinger (College Football Hall Famer).
Dennis began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted year in the United States Army Reserve as a medic. He serviced in the United States Marine Corps for four years. After leaving the Marine Corps, Coach Shoemaker joined the United States Army in July 1988 where he served as a commissioned Officer for 14 years. Dennis has graduated from some of the best leadership schools in the world including Marine Corps Basic Training, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Special Forces Selection Course, Officers Candidate School, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, and Army Ranger School. He currently is coaching the offensive line at Clayton State University, Georgia. Forty-five percent of his linemen have played at the college level. As an offensive line coach since 2007, his teams have an overall record of 117 and 38 with one State Championship, one finalist, one Semi-Finalist, three quarter-finalists, and 8 Region Championships. Dennis graduated from Augusta University (GA) with a Masters of Arts in Special Education and is working on a Doctorate Degree at Liberty University. He has seven years of experience in teaching children with special needs and has never had a late IEP.

Darvon Ingram, Wide Receivers

Image of Coach Darvon IngramCoach Ingram is entering his first season at Clayton State University as assistant coach. Coach Ingram will be coaching the Wide Receivers and will be serving as the Passing Game Coordinator. Coach spent two seasons at Gordon State College. Coach Ingram has over 20 years of coaching experience and will bring a lot to the table. Coach Ingram attended Baldwin High School and graduated in 1994. As a player he received many awards Union Recorder Offensive Player of the Year. Playing quarterback, he broke numerous records with 1,021 yard rushing 21 TD, 750 passing yards 8 TD. Coach Ingram went to play college football at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, Ca in 1994. Coach Ingram played one season before transferring to West Hills Community College in 1995.He received a full scholarship to Southwest State University in 1996. Coach Ingram started his first coaching career at Georgia Military College from 1999-2004 and won National Championship 2001and National Championship runner-up 2002. Coach Ingram help produce several All -Americans Wide Receivers and some went on to play in the NFL. Coach Ingram help start a Youth Football Organization from 2011- 2017.Coach Ingram received many awards the biggest one is being name GYFC Born to Compete Coach of the Year one of the biggest youth bowls in Atlanta, Ga. Coach Ingram started coaching at Georgia Military High school from 2015- 2018 and served as the Offensive Coordinator. In 2019 Coach Ingram started coaching a 14u Travel Team Augusta Outlaws out of Augusta, Ga and won YFL National Championship and record 13-1 as the Head Coach. Coach Ingram went on to coach at Augusta United Graduate Academy first year program 2021. Coach Ingram was hired at Gordon State College in 2022 and won NCFA National Championship and served as the Wide Receiver coach. Coach Ingram graduated from Southwest State University with a B.S in Physical Education (1999).

Wayne Niles, Running Back Coach

Running Back Coach Wayne NilesWayne Niles was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1982. He played football and basketball where he was a freshman all conference wide receiver/cornerback. He was also selected as a two-time Allstate basketball player. Wayne attended Junior college and played sports two years before starting his military career. Wayne entered the United States Army in June of 1984 and retired January 1, 2012. During his Military career he continued his passion and love of football and basketball. As Head Coach he spearheaded a Battalion football championship and women basketball championship during his tenure. Wayne military and civilian education includes Basic Advanced, Primary Leaders Development, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer course, Advance Non-Commissioned Officer course. Equal Opportunity Leadership (EO) and various other military schools. Civilian education includes Central Michigan, Pierce College, WA. Mississippi County Community college, AR, and St Leo University FL.

Rod Brown, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties/Special Team

Co-Defensive Coordinator Rod BrownCoach Brown is a former Navy Combat Veteran that joins Laker Nation as Defensive Coordinator/ Special Teams Coordinator/ Safeties Coach. This will be his 7th year of coaching and was named 2022 NCFA Assistant coach of the year. His is an 2011 graduate of Lamar County High School in Barnesville, GA and played collegiate football at Albany State University and Norfolk State University.

Harvey Middelton, Defensive Line

Defensive Line Coordinator Harvey MiddletonCoach Middleton attended Baptist Hill high school in Hollywood, S.C where he played Defensive line and offensive line. He’s also a United states Army Veteran and served a tour in Afghanistan moving to Texas at the age of 17. After departing from the military coach Middleton played semi-pro football earning 3 championship rings, 1 national championship, 1 POY award and countless others, he also played at the University Of Mary-Hardin Baylor current national championships to include playing for team USA. After retiring from playing he entered the coaching field, He Joined the Gordon state College football staff as the defensive line coach and athletic trainer for 3 seasons, defensive line/offensive line coach for trinity christian school varsity and the defensive coordinator for the middle school team. Coach Middleton prides himself on mentorship and hardwork with his famous saying…”Bend don't Break!”

Tim Shelley II, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

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Courtney Daniel, Linebackers

Lakers Athletics LogoCoach Daniel is ready to leave his mark on the Laker Nation. He has coached at the junior college, high school, and semi-professional levels. As a coached, he had developed 4 All Americans over the last two years. Daniel played all four years of his collegiate career at Fort Valley State University, and went on to play in the Canadian Football League(CFL) and Arena Football League (AFL). Coach Daniel earned a Bachelors of Art Degree at Fort Valley State University and is the owner of a successful vending company.

James Lal, Director of Recruiting

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Oscar Hines, Recruiting Coordinator/Game Day Operations Coordinator

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