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Alonzo Hampton leaves UAPB to become Western Kentucky defensive backs coach

PINE BLUFF, Ark (UAPB) - University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Defensive Coordinator Alonzo Hampton has resigned from his post with the Golden Lions football program to take a position with Western Kentucky University.

Alonzo Hampton was set to begin his sixth season as a member of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff football coaching staff and his third season as the teams' Defensive Coordinator.

In 2007 Hampton was named cornerbacks coach for Arkansas-Pine Bluff and in 2008 he took over the entire secondary unit as he was named defensive backs coach. Hampton's secondary unit garnered national attention in 2008 as the Golden Lions ranked in the Top 30 in the NCAA FCS Division in Pass Efficiency Defense (8th), Pass Defense (17th), and Passes Intercepted (29th).

Additionally, UAPB ranked 1st in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in Passing Defense allowing just 160.9 yards per game. At the conclusion of the season UAPB defensive back Kevin Thornton ranked tied for 1st in the conference in interceptions. For his outstanding play on the field Thornton was tabbed a First Team All-SWAC selection at defensive back as well as a 2009 Preseason All-SWAC Team member.

Hampton's playing days began at Warren High School. After graduating from Warren Hampton went on to play football at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he was a member of the football and track and field team. While at ULM he was named team captain in 1996 and was chosen to the All-Louisiana Defensive Back Team in 1996.

His professional career includes stints with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy where he started at cornerback in the World Bowl in 1998 and 1999.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Head Football Coach Monte Coleman has announced that a search to fill the position will begin immediately.

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