Newberry College hires Willie Offord as defensive line coach

Newberry College hires Willie Offord as defensive line coach
Thursday, July 9, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY - Newberry College head football coach Todd Knight has announced the hiring of Willie Offord as the Wolves' defensive line coach, as the scarlet and gray prepare for the 2015 football season. 

Offord had a strong playing career in both the collegiate ranks as well as the professional world before entering the coaching industry. Offord has also previously served as a head football coach at high schools in Florida and South Carolina.

Offord played collegiately at the University of South Carolina from 1998-2001, finishing his career with the Gamecocks with 185 total tackles, 110 of them being solo tackles. In his high school career, he was a two-time Class 5A all-state selection at Palatka (Fla.) HS.

He was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft with the 70th pick overall by the Minnesota Vikings. In four years playing for Minnesota, Offord made a total of 78 tackles along with two interceptions and a forced fumble.

After his playing career was cut short due to injury, Offord went on to the head coaching positions at Paxon HS in Jacksonville, Fla. (2009), Interlachen (Fla.) HS (2010-11), his alma mater Palatka (Fla.) HS (2012-13) and Columbia (S.C.) HS (2014).