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Outside LinebackersTerry Lantz
Terry Lantz became an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T football program under head coach Rod Broadway in January of 2017. Lantz, who has been an assistant at Wofford, Ball State and Elon, will serve as the Aggies outside linebacker coach. Lantz will also have a role in scouting opponents, recruiting and player development. He has enjoyed more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience.
Lantz comes to N.C. A&T after spending three seasons (2014-16) at nearby Elon. Last season, the Phoenix ranked 33rd nationally in passing yards allowed and 53rd in passes in intercepted (11) nationally. In 2015, Lantz's unit was responsible for eight of the team's 10 interceptions. The group also forced six fumbles in 2015. In Elon's first season as a member of CAA Football, Lantz's unit produced one all-league honoree – Chris Blair.
Lantz spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the safeties coach at Ball State where he coached that program's all-time interceptions leader to the 2011 All-MAC accolades.
During the 2000-10 seasons at Wofford, Lantz tutored the secondary. His Terrier unit ranked first in the Southern Conference in pass defense, pass efficiency defense and total defense in 2010. In his time at Wofford, Lantz coached a first-team All-American as well as the 2003 and 2004 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. In that span, Wofford claimed three SoCon titles.
Lantz got his start in collegiate coaching as a student assistant at the University of Louisville in 1990, helping the Cardinals to a 34-7 victory over Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl. He has served as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee (1991) where he helped the Volunteers to a Fiesta Bowl berth.
Lantz has also made coaching stops at the University of Louisiana-Monroe (graduate assistant), the University of Massachusetts, VMI, Glenville State College and Liberty University.
A 1991 graduate of Louisville where he was a four-year letterman as a defensive back, Lantz earned his bachelor's degree in 1991 and later received his master's degree from Louisiana-Monroe.
Lantz and his wife Meredith have two children – Adam and Olivia.
Inside LinebackersThomas Howard
Thomas Howard was named North Carolina A&T’s inside linebackers coach in 2015. In his first season with North Carolina A&T he coached Denzel Jones to his first postseason honor as Jones earned second-team All-MEAC recognition. Jones was also named Celebration Bowl Defensive MVP.
Over the previous four seasons before his time at N.C. A&T, Howard was an assistant at the University of Findlay. He was the co-defensive and special teams coordinator during his time there. He also coached defensive backs for three seasons and linebackers for one. During the 2014 season, Howard coached the defensive unit to a total of 19 takeaways and 17 sacks. This was a year after Howard led the defense to a total of 19 takeaways and 35 sacks. The defensive unit was also stout on third down as they allowed their opponents to convert only 39 percent of the time.
In 2012, the Oilers defense recorded 23 sacks compared to only 14 the year before. They also forced 21 turnovers on the season. During the 2011 campaign, the Oilers forced 24 turnovers, eight more than the year before. Howard also got the opportunity to coach preseason All-American and current NFL safety Harold Jones-Quartey. Also in 2012, Howard was selected to participate in the 2012 NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy. He was one of 60 coaches chosen to attend a three-day program that provided former NFL players and current NCAA college coaches with skills and networking opportunities to further their careers in the coaching profession.
Howard came to Findlay after serving two years on staff at Lincoln University, ending as the interim head coach in 2010. While at Lincoln, Howard served as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator. Howard’s defense finished 17th in Division II in pass defense during the 2010 season and finished first in total defense and turnovers caused in the GLFC Conference during the 2009 season.
Before his time at Lincoln, Howard coached for three seasons at Slippery Rock University as the linebackers coach. While there, Slippery Rock had one of the best defenses in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference as well as the nation.
Prior to his tenure at Slippery Rock, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Allen University. He also served one year as the assistant athletic director/compliance coordinator and two years as an academic adviser/recruiting coordinator at the school.
Howard played four seasons at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He served two seasons as team captain and earned the team’s most improved player award as a junior and defensive back of the year award in his senior season. He graduated cum laude in May 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development.
Defensive Line CoachCourtney Coard
Courtney Coard spent four seasons (2011-14) as North Carolina A&T’s defensive line coach. He departed N.C. A&T for one season in 2015 to become a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. He returned to Aggieland in 2016 to resume his duties as the Aggies defensive line coach.
Coard has helped the Aggies construct one of the best run defenses in the Football Championshp Subdivision. The pass rush has been sufficient too. The Aggies ranked 23rd in sacks in 2013, 9th in 2014 and 10th in 2016. The run defense has finished outside the top-10 nationally once, and in 2013 the Aggies led the nation in run defense. In addition, N.C. A&T has had the No. 1 MEAC run defense four times since Coard joined the staff.
Thanks to Coard’s defensive linemen, the Aggies rush defense went from being ranked seventh nationally in 2011 to being ranked third in 2012 to being the best rush defense in the nation in 2013. Thanks to A&T’s defensive line play, the Aggies total defense has finished outside the top-20 only once in six seasons.
Under Coard’s leadership, defensive tackle Marquis Ragland and defensive end Angelo Keyes became All-MEAC performers. Walk-on defensive end Daniel Pinnix developed into one of the best pass rushers in the MEAC in 2013. Tyree Hearn steadily improved in three seasons as a starter for Coard. Hearn collected 20 tackles for loss and 7 ½ sacks in his last three seasons, earning a third-team All-MEAC selection 2013. Former defensive end Tony Mashburn also benefited from Coard’s teachings in 2011 and ‘12. In two years with Coard, Mashburn collected an impressive 22 ½ tackles for loss, 82 tackles and 11 sacks. Defensive tackle Chris Neal also had a career year during his senior season in 2012 with career highs in tackles (33), tackles for loss (9) and sacks (3).
Before coming to A&T, Coard coached defensive ends and assisted in coaching defensive tackles at Grambling under then head coach Rod Broadway. Coard assisted defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Cliff Yoshida in 2009 and ‘10. Coard helped the defensive line produce 7.8 tackles for loss per game. It helped the Tigers rank 15th nationally in tackles for loss. Defensive lineman Christian Anthony ranked 31st in the nation in sacks per game and finished 19thin tackles for loss. The following season, defensive lineman Antonio Leonard registered 1.2 tackles for loss per game.
Prior to his arrival at Grambling, Coard served as the defensive line coach at his high school alma mater Charlotte Independence. As a player at Independence, Coard helped the Patriots win four straight state championships.
Coard was a four-year starter at defensive tackle for N.C. Central from 2004-07 under then head coach Rod Broadway. His presence helped the Eagles win consecutive CIAA titles in 2005 and ‘06. In 2004, he was named to the CIAA’s All-Rookie Team. Academically, Coard earned a B.A., degree in business management in 2008. Two years later, he received a M.S., degree in sports administration from Grambling.