|Other Position:||Defensive Coordinator | Linebackers Coach|
David Duggan enters his first season as the Red Wolves’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2019.
He comes to Arkansas State from Western Michigan, where he served as the Broncos’ linebackers coach the last three seasons and also the special teams coordinator since 2017.
“Coach Duggan is one of the most professional and hard‐working individuals I’ve ever been around,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. “He is selfless and makes everyone else around him better, both personally and professionally. I have worked with him for six years, known him for 10, developed a great trust with him and he is a perfect fit for what we want to do schematically.”
During his time with the Broncos, he helped lead the program to a pair of bowl games, a Mid‐American Conference championship and a combined 26‐13 record. His initial year with the program saw Western Michigan post an undefeated 13‐0 regular‐season record, a final No. 12 ranking and a berth in the Cotton Bowl, where it dropped a narrow 24‐16 decision to Wisconsin.
Most recently, he was part of a 2018 coaching staff that directed Western Michigan to a 7‐6 overall record and an appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
During his time with the Broncos, he coached a pair of All‐MAC linebackers in Robert Spillane and Asantay Brown, who was a two‐time selection. They each signed NFL free agent contracts following the 2017 season. Duggan also saw four of his special teams players tabbed All‐MAC, including the league’s Special Teams Player of the Year in kickoff and punt returner Darius Phillips.
Duggan spent two different stints with Southern Miss prior to Western Michigan, the last from 2013‐16 as the Golden Eagles defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. While there, he was part of one of the best turnarounds in the FBS in 2015 as Southern Miss went from a 3‐9 record in 2014 to a 9‐5 mark, a berth in the Conference USA championship game and an appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl the following year. His defense ranked third in C‐USA along with the top ranked player in interceptions as Kalan Reed had four.
Prior to returning to Southern Miss, Duggan was at North Carolina in 2012 as the outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator with the Tar Heels. He helped lead the team to an 8‐4 finish, the best winning percentage for the program since 1997. The team blocked three punts and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
His first stop in Hattiesburg from 2008‐11 had the Golden Eagles set an NCAA record for most interceptions returned for touchdowns with 12. He coached eventual NFL draft pick Jamie Collins, who went to the New England Patriots. He took over the defensive coordinator role in Hattiesburg in 2011, while also coaching linebackers all four seasons.
Aside from his college days, Duggan was the head coach of the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe from 2006‐07. His defense ranked No. 1 in the overseas league both seasons. He spent a total of six seasons in NFL Europe with Cologne, along with the Berlin Thunder. He was also a member of the staff that won the World Bowl in 2001 and 2002 with Berlin.
Duggan also had multiple stops in the northeast, coaching at Brown, Colgate, Holy Cross, New Hampshire and Alleghany College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from New Hampshire in 1986, where he played from 1982‐86.