Asst. Head Coach/Linebackers
Bill Elias joined the Texas Southern University football program in December of 2015. Prior to joing the staff he served as Senior Associate AD for Compliance and Operations at Gannon University. Prior to that, he was named assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach at Miami (OH).
Elias moved to Miami from Gannon where he spent the previous three years as director of athletics. He was head football coach for eight years before that. He attended Miami as a freshman following his graduation from Bedford High School in Massachusetts.Elias and Michael Haywood worked together as coaches at LSU from 1995 through 1997, where Elias served in several capacities.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts in 1977, he became assistant defensive secondary coach for the varsity squad and was defensive coordinator for the junior varsity team. From 1978-80, Elias coached offensive backs at the University of Delaware and also was offensive coordinator for the Blue Hens' freshman team.
He coached at Eastern Michigan University from 1981-86, serving as a graduate assistant for two seasons before taking over as outside linebacker coach. Elias moved on to Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas for one season, becoming the school's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
He left the coaching profession for three years, working in private business, but re-entered coaching from 1991-94 at Vanderbilt. In Nashville, he coached outside linebackers and defensive ends, and also was Vanderbilt's recruiting coordinator.
Elias then joined LSU's staff prior to the 1994 season, coaching tight ends his first two years. For his final two seasons with the Tigers, he served as recruiting coordinator and helped LSU garner Top-10 recruiting classes. His time in Baton Rouge included three consecutive bowl appearances. Elias either coached or recruited 20 players who performed in the NFL.
Elias was named head football coach at Gannon University in 1998, developing and implementing the school's plan to move from a merit/need-based non-scholarship program to Division II status. Gannon's best team was the 2003 squad that compiled a school-best 9-1 mark, achieved fifth place in the Lambert Cup rankings, and placed 10th in the Division II regional rankings.
That year, Elias was selected the Independent Football Alliance's Coach of the Year. Gannon moved into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in 2004 under Elias's orchestration.
He was appointed as Gannon's athletic director in March of 2006 after coaching the Golden Knights to a 31-51 record through eight seasons.
During his two-year tenure as AD, Elias was a member of the NCAA Division II football committee and in 2008 helped move Gannon to membership in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
As athletic director, his teams won three GLIAC championships. Gannon's nearly 350 student-athletes produced a combined 3.22 grade-point average last spring.
Elias' family includes his wife, Kathy, and their sons, Willie and Darren.
Tom Anthony was named Defensive Coordinator of Texas Southern University's football program in 2015. Anthony has had prior coaching stints at Miami of Ohio and Youngstown State.
During his first season at Texas Southern Anthony helped architect one of the leagues’ top defensive units. The Tigers ranked 3rd in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in scoring defense and 4th in total defense. The Tigers improved significantly under the guidance of Anthony in stopping the ground attack of opponents as TSU finished 4th in the conference in rushing defense.
Texas Southern defensive players Archie Rice and Jamal Lucas each enjoyed stellar seasons in 2016 as they both ranked in the top 10 in the league in tackles. Along with Sean Jones and Demetrius Johnson making 3 out of the top 10 tacklers in the SWAC lining up for Texas Southern.
Anthony’s coaching career includes stops at Miami of Ohio and Youngstown State. In 2009 at Youngstown he helped with the outside linebackers and, in 2008, he assisted then YSU defensive line coach and coach Antoine Smith.
During the 2007 season, Anthony coached wide receivers and coordinated the passing game for the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. At his alma mater, Augustana College (Rock Island, Iowa) in 2006, he served as defensive backs coach. The Vikings won the conference championship.
As a player at Augustana in 2005, Anthony earned first-team All-America honors as a defensive back, leading the entire NCAA in interceptions with 13. He played in the Arena Football League with the New York Dragons, the Albany Quest and the Quad City Steamwheelers.
Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach
Morris Watts was at Arkansas as an analyst last fall, and at Central Michigan prior to that.
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Dallas Blacklock joined the Texas Southern Football program as wide receivers coach in 2016. Blacklock comes to TSU from the University of Houston where he served as the director of high school relations.
As Sharpstown's head coach, Blacklock compiled a two-year record of 16-7 including playoff berths both seasons. Blacklock's 2012 team finished the year undefeated in district play and advanced to the second round of the Texas state playoffs.
During his two-year stint at Sharpstown, 19 players went on to play football on the collegiate level.
A graduate of Sharpstown, Blacklock had previously been a part of the school's coaching staff as an assistant for two seasons and spent one season as an assistant at Fort Bend Marshall before being elevated to head coach at Sharpstown prior to the 2011 season.
A Houston native, Blacklock graduated from McPherson College in May of 2003 with a degree in Religion and Philosophy. A four-year letterman as a defensive back, Blacklock earned NAIA second team All-America honors as a senior while also earning All-KCAC second team honors in 2002 and 2003.
Former Notre Dame football standout Armando Allen serves as the running backs coach at Texas Southern University. The 2016 season marked his first season with the Tigers football program.
He brings a wealth of playing experience to the Tigers program and has been described as one of the bright young minds in the world of College football. During his first season at with the program running back Brad Woodard had a breakout campaign towards the latter part of the season rushing for over 500 yards.
Woodard climbed up the rankings in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for a top 10 finish in rushing yards despite only seeing action in a limited number of contest. Under the guidance of Allen, Woodard tallied 3 consecutive 100 yard rushing games.
During his playing days Allen was a versatile player who was equally adept at rushing as he was at receiving. After a standout collegiate career at Notre Dame he finished ranking ninth on school list for most career all-purpose yards.
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Defensive Line Coach
Mike Sater was at Arizona State last fall.
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