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Defensive Coaching Staff


Roddy Mote | Defensive Coordinator
Strength & Conditioning / Linebackers Coach


AT HARDING
Roddy Mote is in his 12th season as an assistant coach at Harding in 2018 and his second as defensive coordinator. Mote will coach linebackers and serve as the strength and conditioning coach for the third straight season. He previously coached at Harding from 1994-99 and from 2001-04. Mote served as offensive backs coach in his first stint and later as secondary coach.

In his first season as defensive coordinator, Harding's defense led the GAC in defensive touchdowns (5), fumbles recovered (15), interceptions (16), red zone defense (73.5), rushing defense (108.7), scoring defense (20.3), total defense (306.8), and turnovers gained (31, 5th in Division II). Linebacker Sam Blankenship also earned AP All-America honors.

BEFORE HARDING
Mote took the head coaching job at Harding Academy in 2008 and led the team to state championships in 2012 and 2015 and compiled a 93-12 career record.

PLAYING CAREER
Mote was a three-year letterman at Harding as a quarterback and running back from 1984-89. Was a three-year letterman as a high school quarterback at St. Mary's (West Virginia) High School.

EDUCATION
Mote earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1989 and his master's in physical education at Harding in 1996.

FAMILY
Mote is married to the former Kim Griffin of Searcy, who teaches at Harding Academy. The couple have three children--Taylor, Tory and Ty.


Luke Tribble | Co-Defensive Coordinator
Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach

AT HARDING
Luke Tribble is in his seventh season as Harding’s defensive backs coach in 2018. He is also the Bisons’ co-defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator.

In 2017, Harding's defense led the GAC in defensive touchdowns (5), fumbles recovered (15), interceptions (16), red zone defense (73.5), rushing defense (108.7), scoring defense (20.3), total defense (306.8), and turnovers gained (31, 5th in Division II).

Tribble has coached in 10 Harding postseason games, the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 NCAA Division II Playoffs and the 2013 Live United Texarkana Bowl.

Tribble’s defensive backs have received 11 all-conference honors since he joined the Harding coaching staff in 2012. In 2016, junior safety Daylon Markham earned third team All-America honors from the Don Hansen committee.

In four of the last five seasons, Harding’s defenses have ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division II. In 2016, the Bisons ranked second in NCAA Division II in rushing defense, third in total defense and fifth in scoring defense.

BEFORE HARDING
Tribble spent six months as a graduate assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State before joining the Harding coaching staff.

PLAYING CAREER
In his four-year career as a Bison defensive back, Tribble played in 41 games with 172 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, and three interceptions. He was an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honoree in 2010.

Tribble started three seasons as a quarterback, free safety and wide receiver for coach Tommy Shoemaker at Harding Academy. He was two-time All-Conference and All-State as a senior. Tribble was also named White County Offensive Player of the Year, was a finalist for the Hooton’s Arkansas Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year, and played in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game.

EDUCATION
Tribble graduated from Harding in May 2011 with a B.A. in kinesiology.

FAMILY
Tribble is married to the former Amy Mare of Valrico, Florida.


Trevon Biglow | Defensive Line Coach

AT HARDING
In July 2018, Trevon Biglow was hired as Harding's defensive line coach.

PLAYING CAREER
From 2013 to 2016, Biglow was one of the most dominating defensive linemen ever to play for Harding. In 2017, Biglow was a student assistant, working with the defensive line and helping Harding advance to the national semifinals.
 
Biglow, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, played in 45 games as a Bison and had 24.5 sacks, the second highest total in program history. He was third with 43.5 tackles for loss. As a senior, Biglow was the Great American Conference (GAC) Defensive Player of the Year, earning his third All-GAC honor and second All-American award.
 
EDUCATION
Biglow, 23, graduated from Harding in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology and a minor in Bible and ministry.

FAMILY
He is married to Hannah Albert of St. Louis, Missouri, a nursing student at Harding. The couple have a son, Elijah, born Feb. 3.


Ty Powell | Strength and Conditioning/Strong Safeties Coach

AT HARDING
Ty Powell will join the Harding football coaching staff as assistant strength and conditioning coach beginning with the 2018 season. He will lead Harding’s strength and conditioning program for incoming freshmen and will assist in coaching strong safeties.

BEFORE HARDING
Powell is a veteran NFL linebacker and Division II All-American. He comes to Harding from the University of North Texas where he served as assistant strength and conditioning coach working with football during the 2017-18 season after implementing strength and conditioning programs in men’s and women’s sports including football, softball, women’s diving and women’s tennis during the 2016-17 school year.

PLAYING CAREER
Powell played two seasons at Harding, where he had 40 tackles, including 15.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. At the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Powell scoring in the top 10 among defensive linemen in five of the six categories, and NFL.com recognized him as a “Top Performer.”

Selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft, Powell earned a spot on the Seahawks practice squad to begin the regular season. The Buffalo Bills signed Powell, and he played three seasons with the team on special teams and at linebacker. Powell was twice recognized by the Bills as their Special Teams Player of the Game.

EDUCATION
Powell is a graduate of Harding University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a certified coach by USA Weightlifting.


Sam Blankenship | Graduate Assistant (Defensive Backs)

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 


Bo Weddle | Graduate Assistant (Linebackers)