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UTM alum Cooper joins grid staff

UTM alum Cooper joins grid staff
Brandon Cooper loves to compete. He played high school football, baseball and ran track. He enjoyed a stellar four-year career at UT Martin as a cornerback.
When he exhausted his eligibility he had a chance to play arena football.
The desire to compete was still burning, but “Coop” decided against playing. He will begin his first season as an assistant defensive coach at his alma mater in 2009. “I love to teach and coach,” Cooper said. “I want to teach this younger generation the things I learned as a player.”
Cooper played running back and cornerback for four years at Aiken High School in Cincinnati. He earned all-state honors his junior and senior years as a defensive back. He also earned all-state honors in baseball.
As a freshman and sophomore he ran track, competing in the 100, 200 and the 4 x 100 events.
He earned a scholarship to play at UT Martin for former head coach Matt Griffin in 2003.
His senior year, 2006, Cooper helped lead head coach Jason Simpson’s Skyhawks to their first-ever Ohio Valley Conference title and the postseason.
He had 36 total tackles and five pass breakups his senior year, as the Skyhawks finished with a 9-3 record.
He also earned the Julian Nunamaker Award, all four years, which goes to the player who achieves success on the field and in the classroom.
It is named after Julian Nunamaker, a 1968 first-team Kodak All-American. Nunamaker played for UT Martin in the 1967 Tangerine Bowl and he played professionally in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills.
Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance (sports management) and served as a student assistant coach during the spring of 2008 where he worked with the defensive linemen.
In the fall of 2008, he worked as a graduate assistant coach.
He worked with the outside linebackers and coached All-Ohio Valley Conference standout Josh Bey.
In addition to coaching the cornerbacks this season, Cooper will recruit in his hometown of Cincinnati.

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