New T.C. Williams head coach Rodney Hughey (Twitter Photo)
Rodney Hughey comes to T.C. Williams with college experience
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
T.C. Williams has finally ended its head football coach search, hiring Rodney Hughey to lead the Titan program. Hughey replaces James Longerbeam, who has moved on to Loudoun County, where he now heads the Riverside Rams program.
Prior to his arrival on King Street, Hughey served for ten seasons as assistant coach of the Livingstone College (NC) football program. Hughey was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2013, after serving as defensive backs coach from 2010-2012.
However, after a 4-0 start to the season was followed by six consecutive losses, Livingstone released head coach Daryl Williams last December, and in January, followed with a complete overhaul of the football coaching staff.
Livingstone’s loss appears to the Titans gain, as Hughey comes to T.C. with a wealth of experience.
According to the Livingstone 2019 media guide, during the 2010 season, Hughey coached the Blue Bear defensive backs to the top pass defense in the CIAA while ranking in the NCAA Division II top-25. In 2011, Hughey’s defensive backfield led the CIAA in interceptions while finishing in the NCAA Division II top 10. During the 2012 season, Hughey’s defensive backs continued to gain honors from the CIAA, earning Defensive Back of the Week honors throughout the 2012 season. Since 2013, Hughey turned around a defense that was of 158 teams in Division II to sixth in the conference and as high as #50 in Division II. The Livingstone College “Sharks in The Tank” defense consistently ranked among the nation’s best in total defense, rush defense, red zone defense, and first and third down defense. In 2018, Hughey’s defense ranked first in the CIAA for total defense.
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Prior to Livingstone, Hughey served as Northern Iowa Community College’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. While at Northern Iowa, Hughey coached the 2008 defense to a top-10 ranking in total defense. This same defense ranked number one in the country for pass defense efficiency while producing four NJCAA All-Americans. Each of Hughey’s four starting defensive backs of the 2008 season went on to transfer to Division I schools to continue their football careers. Based on his performance as a coach for Northern Iowa, Hughey was invited to coach the defensive backs in the 2009 NAIA All-Star game in Kansas City, MO. Prior to Northern Iowa, Hughey worked at Concord University as assistant defensive backs coach where he produced two All-Conference defensive backs during the 2007 season.
Hughey, a Detroit, MI native, graduated from Concord University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in special education. He also holds a master’s degree in behavior science with an emphasis in counseling from Concord University as well as a master’s degree in education from Ashford University.
As a player, Hughey was a two-time All-State selection in high school before moving on to Riverside Community College where he earned All-Mission Conference honors in 2001. He transferred to Concord University in January 2004, and competed in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Hughey was a star defensive back earning All-American honors in 2006. Hughey also earned team Most Valuable Player in 2004 and 2005. In January of 2007, Hughey was selected to take part in the Cactus Bowl. Hughey garnered Most Valuable Player for his performance. After college, he played professionally in the Arena Football League (AFL) for the Columbus Destroyers, and helped guide the Destroyers to the 2007 Arena Bowl Championship.
– Jim McGrath