26 years of coaching experience in NCAA Division I and the National Football League
Spent 11 years as defensive coordinator, two as assistant head coach and one as head coach
Coached at winning football programs the last six years, including five bowl appearances
Coached with top-flight head coaches Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Jeff Fisher (Tennessee Titans) and Mack Brown (Texas)
Native of Charlotte, N.C., and played collegiately at Appalachian State
A 26-year coaching veteran, Everett Withers comes to the Shenandoah Valley from
Ohio State University, where he served as assistant head coach, co-defensive
coordinator and safeties coach for the past two years. During his time with
Buckeyes, he has been a part of a school-record 24-game win streak and a 24-1
mark heading into the upcoming Discover Orange Bowl against No. 12 Clemson.
In 2012, OSU compiled a perfect 12-0 record and finished No. 3 in the
national rankings. The undefeated 2012 slate was only the sixth
unbeaten/untied season in school history. Ohio State ranked second in
the Big Ten with 14 interceptions and all four starting defensive backs earned
All-Big Ten Conference recognition.
During his career, Withers has split time between the collegiate and professional coaching
ranks, having worked in the NCAA Division I level for 19 years and in the National Football
League for seven seasons. Withers' collegiate coaching resume includes 11 years as a
defensive coordinator with a vast majority of his time - 17 seasons - spent also coaching
the defensive backfield.
Withers and his wife, Kara, have a daughter, Tia, and a son, Pierce.