Scott Symons

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The cornerstone of any championship football team at any level is the presence of an outstanding defense. The UWG Wolves have been a great example of that adage in the two seasons that Scott Symons has served as the program’s defensive coordinator.
           
West Georgia’s two seasons under Symons have beyond solid. In 2014 the Wolves led the Gulf South Conference in both total defense and scoring defense. Those numbers were impressive, considering that UWG was playing in the nation’s strongest Division II conference. Seven Wolves defenders earned All-GSC honors, including All-America linebacker Tyrell Adams, now of the Kansas City Chiefs.
           
UWG doubled down on their defensive numbers in 2015. The Wolves led the GSC in not only scoring defense and total defense, they topped the league in rushing defense and pass defense. Nationally, UWG was third in total defense and sixth in scoring defense for all of Division II. Also, the Wolves held seven-of-14 opponents to one-or-fewer offensive touchdowns.
           
With these results, honors followed. Four UWG defensive standouts claimed All-America notice, including defensive bookends Alex Armah and Dylan Donahue, along with Carlos Hutton and linebacker Marion Chapman. Also, UWG had five members of the defensive unit earn All-Gulf South Conference honors.
           
West Georgia’s defense is again strong at the top for 2016.
           
Symons came to UWG in 2014 armed with an impressive résumé. He spent the 2013 season as defensive coordinator at former GSC rival Arkansas Tech. That stint followed a year on the staff of current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn at Division I Arkansas State, and a season on the staff at Harding. Earlier in his career, Symons also coached at the prep level, working at Saint Dominic High in the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon, Mo.
           
On the field, Symons enjoyed an outstanding playing career as an outside linebacker for the Division II Lindenwood (Mo.) Lions. While at the St. Louis area school he earned his bachelor’s degree in History.
           
Symons is married to the former Kristen Heinekin from Columbia, Ill. The couple has two children; daughter Peyton is three, and son Hudson turns one this fall.
 
The Symons File
Alma Mater: Lindenwood (2007)
Defensive Coordinator: West Georgia (2014-present)
Assistant Coach: Arkansas Tech (2013)
Assistant Coach: Arkansas State (2012)
Assistant Coach: Harding (2009-11)
Assistant Coach: Saint Dominic (MO) HS
 

Defensive Coordinator
University of West Georgia

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