BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – The Lyon College football program has added two more coaches to its staff this week with the addition of former University of Central Arkansas standout linebacker Justin Heard and former Batesville High School football product Andy Rogers, according to Scots head coach Kirk Kelley.
Heard will be the safeties coach for Lyon when the first team since 1951 reports for training camp on Aug. 13. Rogers will be an offensive assistant for the squad, bringing the number of football staff to seven. The Scots will not play an intercollegiate schedule in 2014, but will host a pair of intrasquad scrimmages on Sept. 13 and Oct. 18 at Pioneer Stadium at BHS. Lyon will begin play as a member of the NAIA's Central States Football League in the fall of 2015.
Heard played in 46 games for the NCAA Division I FCS Bears during his career between 2009-13. He posted 284 career tackles, including a team-leading 95 in 2013. He finished with 171 solo tackles, with 60 of those coming last season as he helped Central Arkansas to a 7-5 record, while leading the Southland Conference with 10.6 tackles per game. He finished his career with 33.5 tackles for losses, one fumble return, two interceptions and three pass breakups.
As a 6-1, 230-pound player, Heard posted 39 tackles at Central Arkansas as a red-shirt freshman in 2010, finished with 50 tackles in 2011 and ranked fifth in the Southland Conference as a junior, posting 100 tackles, with a team-high 63 solo stops.
Heard, 23, was a 2012 All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention recipient and a member of the 2010 Southland Conference All-Academic team.
"Justin is a special young man," Kelley stated. "I had a chance to watch him up close as a leader of the UCA football team. He makes people around him better; that's a special trait and we are blessed to have him to help build this program from the ground up."
Before being recruited by UCA, Heard was a conference most valuable player at Woodland High School in Alabama. He was the 2008 County Player of the Year and three-time all-county selection. He was also a two-time Anniston Star All-Area selection and an All-State honorable mention as a senior. That season he recorded 85 tackles, with two interceptions.
He also returned kickoffs and punts and rushed 25 times for 316 years. Heard was a four-year starter in high school and a two-year team captain. He helped WHS to a state runner-up finish his sophomore year.
Heard graduated from UCA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology/Sociology, with a minor in Family and Consumer Science.
Rogers, 28, was a member of the 2003 Batesville Pioneer state championship football squad, graduating from BHS in 2004.
A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps who had combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and also a former member of the Independence County Sheriff's Department, Rogers played high school football for three years and was a two-year starter at center and guard.
He was part of the district champion and state championship squad in 2003, earning all-district honors that season.
Rogers has a baseball coaching background with American Legion play and softball experience in coach pitch for girls.
"Andy fits the theme of hiring people I feel comfortable with and trust," said Kelley. "I have had the chance to coach Andy in American Legion baseball and coach with him in American Legion, as well. I am excited to get to coach football with him.
"Andy is a leader and will bring real world experiences to these young men."
Andy has a wife, Crystal, and a daughter, Coley, age six.