Feb. 10, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley announced multiple coaching changes today. Locksley promoted David Reaves to Offensive Coordinator, hired Craig Jefferies to coach wide receivers and Mike Woodford to lead the defensive backs in 2011, pending human resource approval.
"David has done an outstanding job with our quarterbacks and the passing game over the last year," said Locksley. "He understands my offensive philosophy and has earned the promotion.
Reaves, who enters his second year at New Mexico, handled the difficult quarterback situation in 2010. He utilized four quarterbacks and continued to develop players through an injury-stricken season. The Lobo passing game accounted for 1,296 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
Jefferies will coach the wide receiver position after spending the last 15 years as the head coach at Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C. During his 28 years coaching one of the top high school programs in the country, he has coached 35 players who have attended Division I colleges, more than 80 percent of his former players attended college and five are currently playing in the National Football League.
"Coach Jefferies is one of the top coaches in the country and led one of the top high school programs nationally for the past 15-plus years," said Locksley. "He has shown the ability to develop top-level players, especially at the wide receiver position. He is well respected within the business and is a great addition to our program."
Among the NFL players who developed under Jefferies are Joshua Cribbs an All-Pro wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns, the Davis brothers - tight end Vernon and cornerback Vontae - who now star for the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins, respectively, and wide receiver Arrelious Benn, a rookie wide receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Current New Mexico student-athletes Deon Long, Ugo Uzodinma, Reggie Ellis and Javarie Johnson all played for Jefferies at Dunbar.
Jefferies has received numerous honors as Dunbar's head football coach. His honors include: 10-time D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Coach of the Year, Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year in 1999, Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. Coach of the Year in 2004 and a two-time Eastern Board of Officials Coach of the Year winner. He guided Dunbar to 12 consecutive DCIAA Football Championships, winning eight city title games.
Jefferies, who was in the running for the head coaching job at Howard University, is one of the most respected coaches in the D.C. area and known for his ability as a teacher. His longevity at Dunbar and his history of developing talent has made him one of the top coaching prospects nationally.
Woodford joins the Lobo staff after a three-year stint at Illinois. Woodford was on the Illinois coaching staff from 2007-09 as the special teams coordinator. In addition to his special teams duties, Woodford worked closely with the defensive backs.
"I've known Mike for many years and he is an outstanding coach," said Locksley. "He has a passion for the profession and the ability to help make a difference. I'm excited to be working with Mike again and look forward to seeing his impact in the secondary."
As special teams coordinator, Woodford was responsible for breaking in a brand-new kicking battery after the graduation of Illinois' kicker, snapper and holder from the previous season. During his time at Illinois, he coached Matt Eller, who broke the school record for field goals by a freshman and led the team in scoring with 84 points, the seventh-best single season performance in the Illinos record books. He also tutored placekicker Jason Reda to the best season of his career. He broke the school's all-time scoring record with 267 points, while also finishing with 51 career field goals.
Woodford's input with the defensive backs helped increase the total number of interceptions by the Illini from 10 in 2006 to 17 in 2007, and from eight by DBs in '06 to 14 in 2008. While at Illinois, Woodford coached current Lobo graduate assistant Kevin Mitchell and cornerback Vontae Davis who is currently with the Miami Dolphins.
Woodford has coached with Ron Zook on four occasions and learned from such coaches as Larry Smith, Lou Holtz and Jim Haslett. His resume includes stints at Illinois, Florida, New Orleans Saints, Middle Tennessee State, Walsh University, Akron, Rhodes College, Kansas, Arkansas and Arizona.
At Florida, Woodford coached three All-SEC players in Todd Johnson, Keiwan Ratliff and Guss Scott. That year, the Gator pass defense ranked seventh in the country and allowed 162.38 yards per game, the lowest by a UF squad since 1989. He also helped a pair of Saints to Pro Bowl selections during his season there, as safety Sammy Knight was a 2002 Pro Bowl starter and La'Roi Glover also was selected to the team.
Woodford went to the Saints in 2001 after spending two years at Middle Tennessee State as the defensive backs coach. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator at Walsh University for the 1994-98 seasons and the defensive backs coach at Akron from 1986-90.
That stint followed one-season tenures at MTSU and Rhodes College. At MTSU, he helped lead the Raiders to an 11-0 regular-season record and a No. 1 national ranking. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arizona in 1982 and served in a similar capacity at Arkansas and Kansas.
A former walk-on safety at Arizona, Woodford became a starter for the Wildcats during his time in Tucson. He also was part of the Arizona team that played in the 1979 Fiesta Bowl.
Woodford is a 1982 graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in history. He has two daughters, Michaela and Ellie.