TIGER FOOTBALL HEAD COACH
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
Paige Anders enters his second season on Coach Todd Knight’s staff and will serve as the Defensive Coordinator and coach the defensive backs. During his first season on staff with the Tigers, Anders coached 2 All-Conference selections including a returning starter Shaq Hunter. The Hampton, Arkansas has native found success in each of his stops prior to Ouachita. He most recently coached the safeties and held the recruiting coordinator responsibilities at Arkansas Tech University. During his time at Tech, Anders was a part of one of the Great American Conferences top defensive units, tutoring defensive back Shai Kobayashi, a First Team All-Conference and All-Region performer.
Prior to joining the Wonder Boys, Anders spent 2 years at Coffeyville Community College as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach. In his initial season with the Red Ravens, Anders helped develop Martrell Spaight. Spaight who was later selected in the 5th fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins was a first team NJCAA All American and KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year. Spaight would later become a first team SEC All Conference Player and lead the Southeastern Conference in tackles. Anders also placed six other players on the ALL-KJCCC team, while his Coffeyville squad qualified for the post season in 2012.
Anders spent the spring of 2011 at Texas Tech University coaching the linebackers as a graduate assistant. Prior to joining the Red Raiders, Anders spent 4 years at junior college national powerhouse, Butler Community College from 2007-10 where he coached the defensive backs. Anders and the Grizzlies claimed back-to-back NJCAA National Championships in 2007-08 during his time in El Dorado and only coming one point shy of claiming the a third National Championship in 2010. Opponents just averaged 183.4 yards and 6.8 points per matchup against Butler during their two year reign as champions. The Grizzlies also won the KJCCC crown in each of those campaigns. Butler led the KJCCC in total defense during each of Anders four campaigns while racking up an incredible 42-5 record in that span. The Grizzlies also topped the league in interceptions every year but one under the direction of Anders.
Coach Anders also holds previous experience at the four year level after serving as an assistant on the staff at Valdosta State University. The Blazers, with Anders on the sidelines, captured the 2004 NCAA Division 2 national championship with a 36-31 triumph over Pittsburg State University. Valdosta State also won the Gulf South Conference (GSC) title after an 11-1 season. While in Valdosta, Anders made the NCAA playoffs a total of three times and also coached former Kansas City Chiefs standout Maurice Leggett. His primary responsibilities where to assist with the secondary and linebackers.
Anders is originally from Hampton, Arkansas where his Dad (Andy Anders) was the High School Head Football Coach for 20 years. He now has the field named after him. Anders earned his Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from Valdosta State University. With over 10 years of college football coaching experience Anders has coached over 15 all conference performers, 4 all Americans, 1 conference player of the year, and 4 different individuals to play at the professional level. He and his wife Erin have two sons, Beau (7) and Jake (2)
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Roy Thompson is entering his 5th season on the Ouachita staff,1st season as Co –Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach.
Thompson returns to the Ouachita staff after serving two seasons as the Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach at Mendocino College, CA. Thompson’s defensive unit finished the 2015 season ranked #4 in Total Defense, #1 Defense in the Pac-7 conference and #15 nationally in total Defense.
Thompson is in his 11th season coaching with other stops including Highland Community College , KS and Belhaven University in Jackson MS.
Coach Thompson is a 2006 graduate of Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where he served as Team captain during the 2006 season. Thompson and his wife Julia have three girls Jadyn, London, and Cameron.
Defensive Line Coach
Sam Dunnam is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers. He will continue coaching the defensive line. In 2014 the defensive line contributed to a 10-0 conference record, and a second Great American Conference Championship. The Tiger defense ranked 3rd in red zone scoring, and 2nd in overall scoring defense with an average of 18 points per game. The tiger defensive front only allowed 6 rushing touchdowns all season. The defensive line finished the regular season 4th in sacks resulting in 2 all-conference players for the 2014 season.
Dunnam is an Ouachita graduate where he played four years for the Tigers on the defensive line, starting for three. He was voted team captain, and contributed to the 2011 Ouachita Great American Conference championship team.
He is a native of Palestine, Texas where he attended Westwood High School. His degree from Ouachita Baptist includes Kinesiology/Fitness with a minor in Nutrition/Dietetics. Dunnam also holds a Master of Science in Sports Administration.
Recruiting Areas: North West Arkansas, East Texas
Special Assistant to Defense
Eric Hart is beginning his 2nd year with the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers. He will be coaching the outside linebackers.
Hart comes to Ouachita after coaching high school football for 37 years in the state of Arkansas. He was a head football coach for 11 years and an assistant for 26 years.
Hart is from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and graduated from high school there. Hart graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1976 with a B.S.E. in Health and Physical Education. In 1977 he obtained a M.E. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Arkansas.
Hart and his wife Becky have two children a son John and a daughter Natalie.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Ryan Tibbets is entering his second year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Ouachita. He is nationally certified and obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2016. Tibbets was the assistant strength coach under Chad Emmons in 2014 before taking over in the spring semester of 2015.
Ryan Tibbets is also entering his third year as the Specialists’ Coach with the Tigers. In his first year, Tibbets coached a 2nd Team All-GAC Kicker, 2nd Team All-GAC Punter, and an Honorable Mention All-GAC Snapper. In 2015, Tibbets coached an Honorable Mention All-GAC Kicker and Punter. For the third year in a row, Ouachita finished 1st overall in Special Teams in the GAC. With all Specialists from 2015 returning, Tibbets is poised to continue his success and help Ouachita dominate the GAC in Special Teams.
Tibbets is an Ouachita Baptist graduate obtaining his degree in Kinesiology and Secondary Education with magna cum laude honors. He played Tight End at OBU in the 2010 season. He is from Scurry, Texas where he lettered in four sports and graduated from Scurry-Rosser High School.