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Wes Dodson
Wes Dodson
Title: Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Phone: (434) 223-6155
Year: 13th Year
Previous College: Western Michigan '02
Recruiting Territory: Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Southern NC, SC, TN

Wes Dodson is in his 13th year at Hampden-Sydney College during 2019, his 12th season as the defensive coordinator, after serving his first year as the defensive secondary coach.  In his 11 years as defensive coordinator, Coach Dodson has produced eight All-Americans, 29 First Team All-ODAC selections and three ODAC Defensive Players of the Year.

Recruiting Territory | Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Southern NC, SC, TN

Last season, H-SC led the ODAC in fumble recoveries (10) and ranked third in fewest passing yards allowed per game (217.0).  Dodson coached four All-ODAC selections, including three on the First Team in John Kline, Griffin Davis and Chad Vanlandingham.

In 2017, the Tigers were second in the ODAC in yards allowed per game (385.9), while third in points allowed (31.3) and passing yards allowed (224.4).  Dodson coached five All-ODAC selections, including two on the First Team in Joe Everette and Griffin Davis.

In 2016, H-SC tied for third in the ODAC in fumble recoveries (8).  Dodson coached two All-ODAC selections, including First Team honoree Jordan Chalkley.

In 2015, Dodson coached a defense that led the ODAC in both scoring defense (23.5) and total defense (367.0).   Dodson coached six All-ODAC selections, including First Team picks Sidney Henry and Nick Martin.

In 2014, Dodson's defense finished in the top half of the ODAC total defense (389.6).  Dodson coached five All-ODAC picks, including First Team selections Josh Doggett and John Moore. 

In 2013, the Tiger defense led the ODAC in total defense (287.7).  The unit also led the league with 13 interceptions, and was second in points allowed (19.2) and sacks (21).  Dodson coached seven All-ODAC honorees, including six First Team picks, among them his third ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Tyler Ikwild.

In 2012, the Tiger defense finished third in the ODAC in total defense (360.6).  The unit also finished third in both rush defense (158.7) and pass defense (201.9).  Dodson coached five All-ODAC honorees, including First Team selections Kenny Fryman and Steven Fogleman.

In 2011, Dodson's speedy, athletic defensive unit led the ODAC in interceptions (20) and was second in turnovers gained (27) and rushing defense (130.8).  The defense limited five opponents to under 20 points while allowing 27.3 points-per-game on the season.  For the third consecutive year, Dodson coached a First Team All-American in cornerback Zach Morgan.  Overall, Morgan became Dodson's seventh All-American selection.

In 2010, Dodson led a defense that was first in the ODAC in scoring defense (21.2), red zone defense (71.1%) and pass defense efficiency (110.7) for the 9-2 Tigers.  His defense was also second in the league in interceptions (13), sacks (22) and opponent's third-down conversions (36.1%), while third in total defense (343.5). Individually, Dodson coached his second consecutive ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Trevor Ikwild, who led the ODAC with 133 tackles.  Ikwild, defensive end Will Riggenbach, and free safety Bill Doody were all also named All-Americans (

In 2009, Dodson's defense produced three All-Americans and the ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Will Riggenbach.  As a unit, the Tiger defense continued to show improvement from previous years as H-SC led the ODAC in both total defense (314.5) and scoring defense (17.5), including 13.8 in conference.  The 314.5 mark was over 30 yards better than in 2008.  The Tigers were also tops in interceptions (19), sacks (32), red zone defense (53.8%), and opponent's third-down conversions (30.8%).

In 2008, Dodson took over defensive coordinator duties and the Tigers saw great improvement in their overall defense.  H-SC was third in the ODAC in total defense (346.3) and second in rushing defense (106.9).  The 346.3 mark was over 50 yards less than in 2007.  The Tigers’ 15 interceptions were also good for second in the ODAC.

Dodson had five years of coaching experience before joining the Tiger coaching staff in 2007.  He came to Hampden-Sydney following a two-year stint at the College of William & Mary (2005-06), where Dodson worked with safeties and special teams.  As a member of the Tribe's defensive staff, Dodson's defense ranked fifth in Division I-AA with 19 interceptions in 2005.

Dodson's coaching career began at his alma mater, Western Michigan University, where he was a member of the coaching staff from 2002-04.  At WMU, Dodson was a graduate assistant tabbed with the responsibility of coaching the offensive line for two seasons and the secondary for one.  In 2003, Dodson's offensive line contributed to WMU's eighth-ranked passing offense (308.4).

He received his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan in 2002, where he was a four-year letter winner for the Broncos at safety.  In 2000, Dodson was an instrumental piece to WMU’s Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division Championship team, helping the Broncos to several high statistical rankings, including 13th in the nation in pass defense (178.0), ninth in total defense (283.3) and fourth in scoring defense (11.6).

Dodson is a native of Nappanee, Indiana and currently resides in Farmville with his wife, Teresa, and their son, Ben (5).