Athletic Director and Head Football Coach
Former Buffalo Bills defensive back, Derrick Burroughs, returns to the state of Tennessee where he played for the University of Memphis. Burroughs was named as the Athletic Director and head football coach for Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Burroughs’ Tennessee roots stems from his football accolades as a defensive back from 1980 – 1985. He was first team all conference, voted Defensive Player of the Year, was selected to the 1985 Blue Gray All-Star team where he was voted the game’s defensive MVP and went on to be selected to the Senior Bowl. Burroughs graduated from Memphis receiving a degree in Criminal Justice/ Criminology. Immediately following, he continued his football career as the 14th overall player taken in the 1st round by the Buffalo Bills in the 1985 NFL draft.
Burroughs was forced to retired from professional football following a serious neck injury but vowed to remain dedicated to the sport as mentor and coach. His 14 years as coach with National Football League (NFL) teams in the US and Europe, including Arena and the XFL football leagues and a five year participation in the NFL minority internship-coaching program, has landed him back with his passion for coaching at the collegiate level. Prior to his current position at Lane College, he has coached at nationally recognized colleges and universities including Alabama State University, Clark College in Atlanta and Knoxville College. He has a passion for coaching the defensive side of the ball and has held positions that include: Director of Operations and Cornerback coach for the UFL; Defensive Coordinator; Pass Defense Coordinator; Assistant Head Coach; and, Receivers, Special Teams and Defensive Back Coach at the NFL and collegiate levels.
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|Personal Information || |
|Birthdate: ||May 18, 1962, Mobile Alabama |
|Children: ||Shahmirria, Mario, and Raven |
|High School: ||Blount High School, Mobile, Alabama |
|College : ||University of Memphis, 1985 |
|Playing Experience || |
|1980-85 ||Memphis Defensive Back |
|1985-91 ||Buffalo Bills Defensive Back 1st Round, 14th Player taken |
|Coaching Experience || |
|1995 ||Knoxville College |
| ||Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs |
|1998 ||Amsterdam Admirals |
| ||NFL Europe, DB’s & Special Teams Coordinator |
|1998 ||Indianapolis Colts |
| ||Minority Internship/Receiver Coach |
|1999 ||Berlin Thunder |
| ||NFL Europe, Defensive Backs & Special Teams Coordinator |
|1999 ||Indianapolis Colts |
| ||Minority Internship/Defensive Backs Coach |
|2000 ||Memphis Maniax |
| ||XFL, Defensive Backs & Special Teams |
|2001 ||Buffalo Bills |
| ||Minority Internship/Defensive Backs Coach |
|2005 ||Clark Atlanta University |
| ||Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs |
|2006 ||Minnesota Vikings |
| ||Minority Internship/Defensive Backs |
|2007 ||Stillman College |
| ||Defensive Backs& Special Teams |
|2008 ||Alabama State University |
| ||Defensive Backs& Special Teams Coordinator |
|2009 ||United Football League |
| ||New York Sentinels, Cornerbacks & Football Operations |
|2010 ||Lane College |
| ||Head Football Coach/Athletic Director |
Coach Griffin begins his first season with Lane College as the linebackers coach for the 2010 season. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native played his high school football at Tulsa Union High School under Hall of Fame coach Bill Blankenship. Coach Griffin attended Ohio University and played football from 1995-1998 under Coach Jim Grobe. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in History in 1998, the opportunity to be the Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers coach at Yellow Springs High School started his coaching career. In a three-year period, his teams were able to capture two conference titles and three play-off berths in Division 6 football.
Dublin, OH was the next stop for Coach Griffin as the Linebackers coach for Dublin Coffman High School. While there, the team was able to go to the play-offs in back-to-back years. In the first year they were able to continue in the play-offs until the semi-finals and advanced to the championship game the following year. In 2003, Griffin accepted the position of Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach for Columbus Brookhaven High School. In his second year, the Bearcats became the first team in history to win a state championship for Columbus public schools. In 2007, Coach Griffin had the opportunity to return to Tulsa as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach for Tulsa McClain High School. In 2008 the move to college football became a part of the experience as he was hired by Fort Scott Community College in Kansas as the Linebackers Coach. While at Fort Scott, the defense was ranked #2 in the nation in total defense for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2009, the team played for the National Championship. During his two years at Fort Scott, Coach Griffin had four All- American selections.
To complete his previous experience, Coach Griffin has had many opportunities to help in football camps nationwide. The summer football experience includes camps at Ohio State, Oklahoma State, LSU, University of Tulsa, University of Nebraska, Kansas University, Oklahoma University, TCU, Mississippi State, University of Tennessee, University of Arizona, and University of Arkansas.
Coach Griffin is proud father of twin sons, Christian and Laymon, who reside in Tulsa, and a daughter, Aryeion, who resides in Atlanta.
Wide Receivers/ Special Teams Coordinator
Coach Hoskins enters his third season at Lane for the 2010 season as the Dragons’ Wide Receivers coach. A native of Philadelphia, MS, Coach Hoskins graduated from Philadelphia High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He brings fourteen years of coaching experience to Lane College.
His most recent stint was as the offensive coordinator / assistant head coach for Murrah High School in Jackson, MS. Coach Hoskins has mentored and coached several Division I players of which two have played in the professional ranks. His passion for football is exemplified through his steadfast commitment and impeccable work ethic. His philosophy is, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men.”
Defensive Line Coach
Coach Patterson starts his first season with Lane College as the Defensive Line coach for the 2010 season. Patterson has a very diverse background in coaching. His career started at Norfolk State University as a student-assistant and has extended as far as Germany where he coached in the Northern Germany American Football League.
As a player, Patterson started his collegiate career at Morehouse College and ended at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Patterson was a first team All-CIAA candidate as well as a small college All-American. He has always had the inspiration to coach football and has used this vehicle to assist young men to become talented as well as successful student-athletes.
Patterson’s coaching stints started at Norfolk State University, and has consisted of campaigns at Saint Augustine’s College, Lindenwood University (11-0), New Mexico Military Institute, and a Graduate Assistantship at Syracuse University. Patterson has also mentored young men on the high school level.
Patterson has the unique ability to coach both sides of the ball. He has mentored several junior college Defensive Linemen to Division 1-A scholarships. On the Offensive side of the ball, Patterson has mentored an All-American NAIA Candidate at Lindenwood University. During his stint at Saint Augustine’s College, Patterson’s offensive line broke the single-season rushing record.
Coach Aaron James
Coach James enters his first year at Lane College for the 2010 season as the Dragons’ Quarterbacks coach. A native of Mobile, AL, Coach James graduated from Tuskegee University and received his Bachelors degree in History. James played at Tuskegee from 1998-2001 as a quarterback, where he compiled an impressive record of 42-5 as a starter. As a quarterback, James has the most wins in the history of Tuskegee football. He also holds the record for the longest run from the line of scrimmage for a touchdown for 91-yards. James led Tuskegee to three Conference Championships in four years. In 1998 James was named Pre-season All-Conference and in 2000 he led Tuskegee to a 12-0 season and a HBCU National Championship. Again, in 2001 he was selected Pre-season All-Conference and then went on to earn 2nd-team honors on the SIAC All-Conference team. James played professionally for the Alabama Lighting in the NAFL where he led the league in passing yards and touchdowns in 2004.
His previous coaching experience includes a stint at his alma mater as a Graduate Assistant, and Bullock County High School in Alabama. His most recent stint was as the Wide Receivers coach for the Panthers of Clark Atlanta University. Coach James and his wife Rosie have two daughters, Erin Morrisette 14, and Layla James 2.
Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach
Coach Mike Wallace begins his first year as a member of the Lane College Dragons as Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach. He is a native of Clyo, GA. He attended Savannah State University where he was a four-year starter in the defensive secondary. At that time he played for the late legendary coach William “Bill” Davis.
Coach Wallace began his coaching career at Savannah State in 1990. He is currently entering his twentieth season as a collegiate football coach. He comes to Lane from South Effingham High School in Guyton, GA. where he spent one season. He is no stranger to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference having coached in it the majority of his career.
Over the years, Coach Wallace has been a coordinator on both offense and defense. As a defensive coordinator in 1995, Wallace led the Tigers defense to a #1 ranking in Pass Defense and Pass Efficiency Defense. In 1996, his defense was #1 in the nation in takeaways with 45 (25 fumble recoveries and 20 interceptions). That defense had several SIAC All- Conference performers such as Britt Henderson, Benji Turmon, Winston Gordon, Tim Rawls, and Andrew Mitchell. On the offensive side of the ball, Wallace’s team never finished lower than 4th in total offense before SSU left the conference in 2000. As offensive coach at Clark Atlanta University, Wallace helped the Panthers to the 4th-ranked rushing offense nationally. Over his offensive career he has coached players such as Lou Cole, Troy Hambrick, Chris Hymel, Quinn Porter, Charles McCullum, and Kenny Brown.