McNeil, Sanders, Stuart join BSC Football coaching staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Demarco McNeil, Tim Sanders, and Burt Stuart have joined the Birmingham-Southern football coaching staff as assistant coaches, head coach Eddie Garfinkle announced today. McNeil will handle the defensive line, Sanders, who served as a volunteer assistant last season, will serve full-time as the wide receivers coach, and Stuart will handle the linebackers. The three will report to campus and begin their coaching duties on June 1.

McNeil comes to BSC from Auburn, where he was a Defensive Graduate Assistant from 2007 to 2009 and played for the Tigers from 1999 to 2003. As a G.A. at Auburn, he assisted the defensive line coaches, worked summer football camps, and assisted with special teams, opponent scouting, and all aspects of on-campus recruiting. Prior to his stint as Graduate Assistant, McNeil played professionally for the New England Patriots in 2005 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004.

As a player at Auburn, McNeil was First-Team All-Southeastern Conference in 2003. He helped the Tigers to the SEC Western Division Co-Championship in 2002, and a win at the Capital One Bowl that year. In 2000, McNeil helped Auburn to the SEC Western Division Championship, and was a Sporting News First-Team Freshman and All-American. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in criminology from Auburn in 2003, and is a 1999 graduate of Blount High School in Eight Mile, Ala.

Sanders brings over 30 years of coaching experience from high schools around the state to BSC. Prior to serving as a volunteer assistant on the Hilltop last season, he was Assistant Football Coach at John Carroll Catholic High School in 2007. In 2005 and 2006, he served as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Shades Mountain Christian School, starting the football program there, and was also the Head Baseball Coach in 2005. In 2004, Sanders was a teacher and Head Golf Coach at Leeds High School, while also serving as Assistant Football and Basketball Coach at John Carroll.

From 1992 to 2003, Sanders was Athletic Director, Head Football Coach and Head Golf Coach at Leeds High School. Prior to that, from 1986 to 1992, he was Head Football Coach, Baseball Coach and Athletic Director at Warrior High School. From 1984 to 1986, Sanders was Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Ohatchee High School, and was Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Banks High School from 1981 to 1984. Sanders’ first coaching job was as Volunteer Football Coach at Huffman High School from 1978 to 1980.

In 1991 and 1999, Sanders was named Jefferson County Football Coach of the Year, and was named Calhoun 1A-3A Football Coach of the Year in 1984. He holds a Master’s in physical education from UAB, and graduated from Troy University (then Troy State) with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1978, where he was a three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver.

Stuart was previously an Assistant Football Coach at Oak Mountain High School, where he worked with special teams and linebackers and taught U.S. History. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2008, he was Assistant Football Coach and Co-Defensive Coordinator at Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference member Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Stuart worked with the linebackers and special teams, and was also the recruiting coordinator and men’s Strength and Conditioning Coach at Trinity. He helped guide the Tigers to the SCAC title and NCAA playoffs in 2003, 2005, and 2007, and coached 10 All-Conference players. Stuart was also a Kinesiology instructor, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaching Certification.

Prior to working at Trinity, Stuart was a Sports Performance Coach for two years, and served as Varsity Football Coach at Memorial High School in Houston, Texas, from 2000 to 2003. Stuart recently earned his Master’s in Kinesiology from University of Texas at San Antonio, and received a Bachelor of Science in history from Southern Arkansas University in 1997.

McNeil, Sanders, and Stuart join a returning coaching staff that consists of Don Dover, who was recently named Offensive Coordinator and coaches the Offensive Line, Dyer Carlisle (Secondary), Deke Herrin (Quarterbacks and Running Backs), and volunteer assistant Gerald Gann (Half Backs).

The BSC football team opens its 2009 schedule on the road, Sept. 5, against LaGrange College, and plays its first home game at noon on Sept. 12 against Campbell University at Panther Stadium.