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SSU Football Adds Two Coaches

Savannah State head football coach Erik Raeburn has added two new assistant coaches to his football staff for the 2018 season.

Paul Humphries has been hired to coach the Tiger safeties and Tom Sims will work with the SSU defensive line.

Prior to SSU, Humphries served as the co-defensive coordinator/ secondary coach at Maryville College for 5 years. Before coaching at Maryville, Humphries had successful six seasons as the defensive backs coach at Morehead State University.

Previous coaching stops had Humphries working as the associate head coach/defensive coordinator at Bacone College in Oklahoma where he developed the linebackers. He had collegiate coaching stops at Belhaven College, Coastal Carolina University, Cumberland College and East Tennessee State where he developed his foundation for defense and special teams.

A four-year standout performer at Wofford, Humphries earned 1994 All-American honors while being a four-year letter winner for the Terriers. Upon graduation, he played for a pair of seasons in 1997 and 1999 in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions and Toronto Argonauts.

Paul Humphries
Paul Humphries

Humphries is a 1997 graduate of Wofford, attaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/ Education. He earned his Masters of Adult and Higher Education degree from Morehead State in 2008 and attained a Masters of Arts in Communication from Morehead in 2012.

Before to coming to SSU, Sims was the defensive line coach at the University of Pittsburgh for two seasons (2015-17).

Sims joined Pitt after coaching at Youngstown State from 2010 through 2014.

He spent the 2009 season on the Kansas Jayhawks staff and coached in the Big Ten for eight years at Illinois (2005-08) and Minnesota (2001-04). Sims’ first stint at an FBS school was one year at Eastern Michigan in 2000. He began his coaching career working with the defensive linemen at Western Kentucky from 1997-99.

Sims played seven seasons as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, including four with Kansas City (1990-92, 1996) and two with Indianapolis (1993-94). He was in camp with Minnesota (1995). Sims played 47 games in the NFL, finishing with 60 career tackles and four sacks. He had a career-best 30 stops while playing for Indianapolis in 1993.

Tom Sims
Tom Sims

He spent his first two seasons of college playing at Western Michigan before transferring to Pitt. For the Panthers, he recorded 142 tackles and 12.5 sacks in two campaigns from 1988-89.

A Detroit, Michigan native, Sims earned a degree in business from Pittsburgh in 1990.

Humphries replaces Paris Johnson while Sims replaces Jonas Jackson.

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