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Jefferson City, Missouri -- Lincoln (Mo) head football coach Steven Smith has announced four additions to his staff.

Jefferson City native Phil Pitts has joined the Blue Tigers as the defensive coordinator while his brother Andy Pitts will be the defensive backs coach. Rodricel Williams has joined the program as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach while Damien Goosby is the new defensive line coach.lumo logo

Phil Pitts was the head coach at Helias High from 2011-2014, winning four district championships while posting a 40-15 overall record. Pitts coached 20 all-state players, including one All-American, and led the Crusaders to the state title game twice. Pitts, who was named the Missouri Sportswriters State Head Coach of the Year in 2012, additionally earned four district head coach of the year awards and guided the Crusaders to a top-10 finish in the state four times.

Following his tenure at Helias, Pitts joined the University of Missouri as a defensive analyst and helped the Tigers finish second in the nation in tackles for loss, seventh in both scoring defense and passing yards allowed and ninth in total defense. After the retirement of Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, Pitts became the head coach at Central High in St. Joseph, Mo., and coached 16 all-conference players, including the conference player of the year, this fall.

Andy Pitts spent this fall as a defensive backs assistant at Northwest Missouri and, on Saturday (Dec. 17), helped the Bearcats win the NCAA Division II national title. Pitts coached with his brother at Helias from 2011-14, serving as the defensive coordinator for a program that set single-season records for sacks (44) and interceptions (22). Over the course of three of those seasons, the Crusaders' defense forced at least one turnover in 33-straight games. Pitts additionally served as the cornerbacks coach at St. Thomas in 2015, helping the program finish with a 14-1 record.

Williams has four years of experience coaching in Tennessee and Florida, including serving as an assistant at ASA Miami in 2015. Williams helped the Silver Storm post an 8-2 record that included five shutouts. Williams previously was a head coach with the Green Dot Charter Schools in Memphis, Tenn.

Goosby spent the last two seasons coaching the defensive line with Smith at Albany State, and directed a unit that led the SIAC, and finished ranked in the top-10 nationally, in each season. Goosby coached a two-time All-American and helped Albany State finish third in the conference in sacks and fourth in rushing defense.

~ Lincoln (Mo) Media Relations


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