Greensboro, NC (08/24/00) -- Guilford College athletic director and head football coach Mike Ketchum '78 filled out his 2000 football coaching staff Thursday with the appointment of five assistant coaches: John Browning, Idris Coleman '01, Aaron Denton '00, and David Heggie '98.
Browning, who will coach the offensive line, has a great coaching lineage as he joins the Quakers. His father, Kenny, is the 1967 Guilford graduate and the defensive coordinator for UNC Chapel Hill's football team. His older brother, Chuck, played football at North Carolina State before graduating in 1994. Kenny Browning was inducted into Guilford's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. John played for his father's state 4-A championship team at Northern Durham High School in 1993 and helped the team to a top-10 national ranking.
Coleman rejoins his former teammates one season after earning first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) football honors in 1999. The four-year letter winner led Guilford's defense in sacks (6) and tackles for loss (16) from his defensive tackle post a year ago. He appeared in 39 career games, compiling 124 tackles (50 for loss) and 15 sacks. A native of Newark, NJ, Coleman starred on the gridiron for Orange H.S. The recipient of a Bonner Scholarship, he is finishing his degree in business management with a minor in accounting.
Denton didn't have to look far for his first football coaching position after graduating from Guilford last May. The Bunn, NC, native will work with the defensive backs after playing three seasons at receiver. The 1999 recipient of Guilford's Golden Helmet Award, he made 35 catches for 289 yards and a touchdown. Denton was an accomplished student and received Guilford's Charles Hendricks and Charles Dana Scholarships. He earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District III football honors in 1997 and 1999 and is the only three-time recipient of Guilford's Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award. Denton assisted the men's basketball team for two years as a student, a position he will continue this year. He earned his bachelor's degree in business and is pursuing his master's in business administration at UNC Greensboro.
Heggie joins Guilford's coaching staff two years after graduating as one of the best running backs and punters in school history. He will work with the Quakers' defensive backs and also works in Guilford's Residential Life Office. The Apex, NC, native spent two years teaching history and coaching football and track at Southwest Guilford High School before returning to Guilford.
Heggie ranks second on Guilford's career rushing list with 3,242 yards and a Guilford-record 18 rushing touchdowns in 35 career games. He gained over 1,200 yards and a standard-setting eight touchdowns as a freshman, earning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Year Award and second team all-region laurels. He repeated as a first team All-ODAC running back in 1995 and also captured second team All-American honors as a punter. Heggie ranked fourth among Division III punting leaders that year with a 39.3 yards per kick average. Plagued by injuries over his final three years, the Apex, NC, native took a medical redshirt after the 1997 season opener. He earned second team all-league honors in his final campaign in 1998 and set two Guilford records with 265 yards on 39 carries against Bridgewater (10/17/98). Heggie received the Nereus C. English Award in 1996, the highest award bestowed on Guilford student-athletes and graduated in 1998 with a double major in history and education.
Led by 29 letter winners returning from last year's 4-6 club, the Quakers are preparing for their September 2 season-opener at Division I-AA Charleston Southern. ODAC coaches picked Guilford sixth in their preseason poll.