On Dec. 4 Bo Atterberry was introduced as the 19th head football coach in Southeastern's 100-plus year history.
Atterberry makes the move from assistant head coach and defensive coordinator and takes over the reins of a program for the second time in his career.
"It is an honor to become the head coach at Southeastern," said Atterberry. "This is a special place to me and it is a big reason that I'm even in the position to take this job. I'm excited to have the opportunity to give back to a place that has given so much to me."
He joined the Savage Storm coaching staff prior to the 2013 season for his second stint as defensive coordinator for his alma mater.
Prior to spending this past season in Durant, Atterberry spent six successful seasons at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
"We are excited about the future of the Southeastern football program," said Southeastern President Dr. Larry Minks. "Our goal is to be competitive in all areas at the University, including intercollegiate athletics. With his background and experience, we believe coach Atterberry will do an outstanding job in his new role as we move forward. Finally, I want to acknowledge Keith Baxter and the search committee for their hard work in the hiring process.''
"It is an exciting time for Southeastern," said Director of Athletics Keith Baxter. "Bo is a great fit for this program and he brings a passion for the game and for this University. He has played and coached here at Southeastern and has been a winner at both levels. He is also a proven head coach with a conference championship and a pair of NCAA post-season trips at Texas A&M-Kingsville."
After taking over the Javelina program in 2007 he went on to compile a 41-28 record over his tenure while guiding TAMUK 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 was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year in 2009. Over his tenure he coached 22 first team All-LSC selections, 16 all-region honorees and 11 All-Americans.
This is Atterberry's second stop as a coach at SE after having served as the team's defensive coordinator from 2004 through 2006.
In those three seasons guiding the Storm defense they won or shared in the LSC-North Division title three times while posting a dominating 13-2 record against league foes in that span.
His defense in 2004 led the LSC and was ranked No. 16 in the nation in total defense which helped guide the program to its first ever NCAA Division II Playoff berth.
His 2006 defense, the final year if his first stop at Southeastern, gave up fewer than 200 points on the season and allowed just 19.2 ppg while leading the conference in pass defense and allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete fewer than half their passes.
Under his tutelage for those three seasons nine SE defenders earned First Team All-Lone Star Conference honor, including the 2004 Linebacker of the Year and the 2005 Defensive Back of the Year.
Atterberry is a 1998 graduate of Southeastern where he started his coaching career as a student and graduate assistant.
He also spent five years working at the high school level, spending four of those seasons in different capacities on staff at Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Okla.
Atterberry returned to SE as the defensive backs coach in 2003 before moving up to his role as defensive coordinator the following season.
Collegiate Coaching History
2013, Southeastern, Defensive Coordinator
2007-2012, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Head Coach
2004-2006, Southeastern, Defensive Coordinator
2003, Southeastern, Defensive Backs
41-28 Career record as a head coach
1 LSC Championship as a head coach
2 NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances
2009 Finalist for Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year
2010 AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year
2012 LSC Coach of the Year
#1 defense in the LSC and #18 in the NCAA in 2004
Coached 11 All-Americans at TAMUK
Has coached more than 20 first team all-conference honorees, including DB and LB of the Year while at Southeastern