DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern head coach Ray Richards has announced the addition of three new coaches to the staff in Bo Atterberry, Scott Highsmith and Mitch Moore.
Atterberry will take over the reigns as defensive coordinator, while Highsmith will take on SE’s quarterbacks and Moore will take over as wide receivers coach.
Atterberry returns to Southeastern where he served first as defensive coordinator from 2004 through 2007.
He took over as the head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2007 and proceeded to compile a 41-28 record over six season while guiding the Javelinas to a Lone Star Conference Championship in 2009 as well as back-to-back NCAA Division II Playoff appearances.
He earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and over his tenure coached 22 first team All-LSC selections, 16 all-region honorees and 11 All-Americans.
During Atterberry’s first stint as defensive coordinator at SE, the Savage Storm won or shared the Lone Star Conference North Division title three times. The Savage Storm posted a 13-2 league record during those three seasons.
Keith Baxter hired him as defensive coordinator in 2004 and Southeastern earned its first ever NCAA Division II playoff berth. He coached his final two seasons under Richards.
In his first year as DC coordinator in 2004, SE led the LSC and ranked 16th in the nation in total defense.
The 2006 Savage Storm defense was one of only three in the conference to give up fewer than 200 points on the season, ranking third in scoring defense at 19.2 points per game.
The Savage Storm led the conference in overall pass defense and defensive pass efficiency, allowing less than 50 percent pass completion. Southeastern finished 10th in the nation in defensive pass efficiency.
During his three seasons as defensive coordinator, Savage Storm defensive players earned first team All-Lone Star Conference honors nine times and second team All-League accolades eight times. He coached Norman Dawson, the 2005 LSC South Division Defensive Back of the Year, and Chris Sawyer, the 2004 LSC South Division Linebacker of the Year.
Atterberry is a 1998 graduate of Southeastern.
Highsmith makes the move to Durant after spending the 2012 season on staff at McMurry working with the running backs and handling team operations.
He has been coaching nearly 40 years, splitting time among the high school and college ranks.
Prior to his season at McMurry under then head coach Hal Mumme, Highsmith coached at Hallsville High School for four seasons before reuniting with Mumme. The pair coached together at NCAA Division I University of Kentucky from 1999-2000. Highsmith coached the receivers for the Wildcats in 1999 and the running backs in 2000.
He followed Mumme’s tenure at Southeastern Louisiana State University where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2005-06. In 2005, he led the Lions to their third-best season as far as total offense averaging 403.1 yards per game.
He spent two seasons as the head coach at Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., from 2003-04 where he also spent two previous seasons as offensive coordinator from 2001-02.
Highsmith’s high school career included stops at R.L. Turner, Denton High, Kilgore, Terrell, Bryan and Hallsville. His first coaching job was as a student coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood where he graduated in 1977.
Moore makes the move to join the Savage Storm after spending last season as quality control coach at Iowa State University working as the assistant special teams coach and helping with the defensive backfield.
After a successful regular season in the Big XII, ISU finished the 2012 campaign with a birth in the Liberty Bowl.
He started his coaching career as the pass game coordinator and strength coach for Wauwatosa West HS in Milwaukee, Wisc.
In 2010 Moore returned to his alma mater as wide receivers coach. While at Wisconsin-Whitewater he was a part of the Warhawks unprecedented 45 game win streak and 3 consecutive National Titles.
He graduated from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2007.