Linwood Ferguson  
    Linwood Ferguson

    Director of Player Personnel & High School Relations

    • Linwood Ferguson served as Indiana's director of player personnel and high school relations from 2011-13. Ferguson, who owns 30 years of coaching experience, worked at Bethune-Cookman University as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-10

    • Two of his charges earned All-America honors, nine collected all-league recognition and Bethune-Cookman captured the 2010 HBCU national title.

    • Spent the 2007 campaign as offensive coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. The Colonels were 9-2 in the regular season and earned a NCAA Playoff berth.

    • Coached quarterback Allen Holland, who was Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

    • Worked the 2006 season as Howard University's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Bison ranked 20th nationally in rushing yards per game (184.8).

    • Served as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina Central (2003) and North Carolina A&T (2002).

    • From 1999-2001, Ferguson revitalized the football program as head coach at Division II Midwestern State University. He led the Indians to the 2001 Lone Star Conference Divisional championship.

    • Midwestern State set school or Lone Star Conference season records in nine categories, including total offense, points scored, pass offense and touchdowns scored.

    • Mentored two NFL signees at Midwestern State - running back Dominic Rhodes (Indianapolis) and wide receiver Bryan Gilmore (San Francisco).

    • Tutored wide receiver Will Pettis, who became a four-time member of the Arena Football League's All-Ironman team, a three-time member of the All-Arena team and the 2007 Ironman of the Year.

    • Ferguson spent many years on the defensive side of the ball as well, including coordinator stints at Murray State (1997-98) and Southern Illinois (1994-96).

    • While at Murray State, the Racers defense ranked first in the OVC and second nationally in total defense in 1997.

    • Defensive coordinator at North Carolina A&T from 1988-93. Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson worked alongside Ferguson as offensive coordinator in 1988.

    • A&T won MEAC Championships in 1990, 1991 and 1992. The 1990 Aggies played in the Heritage Bowl and their defense led the NCAA in turnovers. A&T advanced to the national playoffs in 1991.

    • Returned to his alma mater and coached defensive backs at East Carolina University in 1983 and 1984. At Elon College, Ferguson served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for back-to-back NAIA national champions (1980-81).

    • Holds a bachelor's and master's degree in education from East Carolina University.

    • Ferguson and his wife, Teresa, have one daughter, Heather, and two sons, Stan and Taylor.


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