One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for November 7, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
On Friday I attended the UNC Pembroke at Wake Forest Exhibition Basketball Game. As I was driving to Winston-Salem, NC I thought about one of our former UNC Pembroke Football Coaches that played at WFU. His name is Jammie Deese.
Jammie was a standout wide receiver for Wake Forest from 1996 to 1999. He finished his career with 184 receptions for 2,348 yards (12.8 yards per catch), and he totaled 11 touchdowns.
#21 Jammie Deese
He moved on to the professional ranks in 2000 when he signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins, and the Redskins assigned him to NFL Europe’s Amsterdam Admirals in 2001. Later in his career Deese played for the Carolina Cobras in the Arena Football League, and he also played four seasons in the National Indoor Football League with the Fayetteville Guard from 2006 to 2009.
When Coach Pete Shinnick left UNC Pembroke in January 2014 to build a program from scratch at University of West Florida he needed to hire coaches to help UWF get ready to begin playing in September 2016. He looked at his staff at UNCP and Jammie Deese was hired as one of the first assistant coaches in UWF football history in March 2014. Next season he will be the first offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for UWF football, and he will also work with the team’s wide receivers. Working with wide receivers is something that will come easy for him.
At UNC Pembroke Jammie did some special things as a coach. In the 7 years he was on the UNCP staff the team compiled a record of 50-24 with two NCAA Division II playoff appearances. UNCP had the ninth best rushing offense in Division II under his watch in 2009. In his first year as an offensive coordinator in 2013, Deese and the Braves’ offense had the ninth best passing offense in the nation. All-American quarterback and Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Luke Charles also ranked in the top 10 in Division II in passing yards, completions and touchdowns in 2013.
Jammie and his wife Brandi are settled into life in Pensacola, FL getting ready for next season.
Last Saturday at UNC Pembroke I saw another former UNCP Football Coach and friend of Jammie’s OC Williams.
The Friend-JAMMIE DEESE
The Friend of the Friend- OC WILLIAMS
The Smooth Recruiter
When OC Williams first arrived at UNC Pembroke before the start of our inaugural season in 2007 I was still in my role as Director of Athletics for UNCP. He told me that OC had a gift for teaching the game of football with enthuisisim and was a coach that truly understood what went into recruiting. He called him a “smooth recruiter”.
I started thinking about the successes our teams had while OC and Jammie were part of Pete’s staff.
OC like Jammie was at with UNCP when football came back in 2007, and he was a defensive coach. He left UNCP as the team’s defensive coordinator. While OC was here UNCP ranked first in NCAA Division II in scoring defense in 2008 (11.2 points per game), and we were ranked sixth in the same category in 2009 (15.1). The team also finished in the top 15 in the nation in passing defense from 2008 to 2010. In 2008, one of his defensive backs Caylon Hann finished tied for third in the nation with seven interceptions.
OC also worked with special teams and some years we also were ranked among the best in the nation. In 2013, the Braves ranked in the top 20 in kickoff returns, punt returns and kickoff returns defense. L.J. Stroman also ranked second in the nation in punt returns (18.2 yards per return). In 2014, UNCP also had the nation’s top punter in 2009 when Justin Hinson averaged 43.05 yards per punt.
A lot of the players that made UNCP successfully were the young men that OC the smooth recruiter convinced to enroll at UNCP.
Last Saturday at the football game he was just a dad holding a car seat for he and his wife Tasha’s new child.