|Other Position:||Defensive Ends Coach|
Brandon Joiner enters his first season as the Red Wolves’ defensive ends coach in 2019.
A familiar face in Jonesboro and an Arkansas State University alumnus, Joiner was a two‐year letterman for the Red Wolves from 2010‐11 and helped lead the program to the 2011 Sun Belt Conference championship while being named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
He spent the last three seasons at A‐State as a graduate assistant coach (2016) and in a defensive line quality control position (2017‐18) before being elevated to a full‐time coaching role. During that time, Joiner helped lead the program to the 2016 Sun Belt Conference championship, three consecutive winning seasons and a trio of bowl game appearances, including the 2016 Cure Bowl, 2017 Camellia Bowl and 2018 Arizona Bowl.
“Seeing a young man fight through adversity as a player and go on to the NFL, and then to come back here to a quality control position and put himself in a situation to be elevated to a full‐time coach, is a fantastic example of courage, perseverance and hard work,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. “It was great to see not only the smile on his face when he earned the job, but also how ecstatic our players were when they found out. Coach Joiner is a guy who makes this place special.”
Joiner worked with the defensive line specifically all three seasons, helping mentor some of the top players in school history. Former defensive end Ja’Von Rolland‐Jones was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 while completing his career as the second all‐time sacks leader in NCAA FBS history. Most recently, defensive end Ronheen Bingham was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.
He also coached players such as defensive end Chris Odom, who was a First Team All‐Sun Belt Conference selection in 2016 and signed an NFL free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers. Rolland‐Jones, and former defensive tackle Dee Liner also signed free agent contracts with teams in the league following their playing career.
The Red Wolves have ranked among the top 13 teams in the country each of the last three years and actually led the nation in 2016 with 9.6 per game. The defensive line has also ranked among the top 27 teams in the country since 2016. Over that span, A‐State placed seven different defensive lineman on the All‐Sun Belt Conference Team at least once.
Following his stellar playing career, he signed an NFL free agent contract and spent three seasons with Cincinnati Bengals. While with the Bengals, he received the Mentorship Award in 2014 for his work with the “Boys to Men Program.”
The Killeen, Texas, native was also a NJCAA All‐America selection at Navarro (Texas) College prior to transferring to Arkansas State. He earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Arkansas State University in 2012.