Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
Northern Michigan, 1999
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Jovan Dewitt is in his second season with the Army Football program where he serves as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.
In his first year at Army West Point, he oversaw a special teams unit that blocked a pair of punts for touchdowns, converted 36 of 38 point after touchdown attempts and seven field goals and was 38 th in the nation in net punting.
He also mentored the outside linebackers as part of a defense that intercepted 11 passes and recovered four fumbles.
Xavier Moss and Lamar Johnson-Harris both recovered block punts in the end zone for touchdowns under Dewitt’s guidance. Daniel Grochowski was successful on 35 of his 37 Pat attempts and kicked a long field goal of 52 yards.
Punter Alex Tardieu averaged 39.3 yards per boot with 18 of his 44 punts inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
On defense Dewitt tutored linebacker Stephen Ricciardi who was fifth on the team with 48 tackles despite missing a game. Ricciardi was second on the squad with 8.5 tackles for losses. In addition, James Kelly made a career-high 43 tackles and underclassmen Alex Aukerman and Seth Combs developed into contributors.
Dewitt came to West Point from Florida Atlantic. In 2013, Florida Atlantic posted a four-game winning streak and ended the season 6-6 with victories over Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Tulane and New Mexico State among others. The Owls allowed just 161 passing yards per contest and 185 yards per game on the ground.
Among the bevy of players Dewitt mentored were Florida Atlantic lineman Cory Henry and linebacker Adarius Glanton, who both competed in the 2014 Medal of Honor Bowl, a collegiate all-star event. Henry is the program's all-time sack leader with 16 while Glanton recorded 75 tackles in his senior season.
Dewitt spent two seasons at Florida Atlantic, working with the linebackers each season. He assumed defensive coordinator responsibilities in 2013.
Florida Atlantic ranked second nationally in pass defense, 11th nationally in total defense in 2013 and fourth in pass efficiency defense, three of five categories the Owls were listed in the top-25.
Prior to Florida Atlantic, Dewitt served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa, where the Panthers qualified for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in two of his three seasons, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2011.
Northern Iowa was 24-11 during Dewitt's tenure and ranked as high as sixth nationally. He coached LJ Fort, a six-time All-America choice who earned multiple player of the year citations and Josh Mahony, a semifinalist for the Walt Byars award for academic and football excellence.
Dewitt spent three seasons at St. Norbert College as the defensive coordinator. He guided Breadan O'Mally to Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006 and helped Jay Arndt collect the same accolade the next season. St. Norbert finished 27-5 during Dewitt's tenure and was consistently ranked in the top-25.
Dewitt began his coaching career at Northern Michigan, first as a student coach and later as a graduate assistant. He started with the defensive line and then worked with the running backs and as the academic coordinator.
He also coached at Fort Scott Community College and Fairmont State College.
Dewitt was a two-time All-America selection during a stellar playing career at Northern Michigan University. He was a two-time All-Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference selection and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996.
He was invited to the New Orleans Saints camp after graduation and played for three years in the Arena Football League with the Iowa Barnstormers, the Orlando Predators and the Fargo Freeze.
Dewitt earned his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Northern Michigan in 1999. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Maya and Jovan, Jr., and reside at West Point.