Cedric Calhoun
Cedric  Calhoun
Quality Control Defense



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Cedric Calhoun, a former assistant at Florida International University, Dartmouth College and Alabama A&M University, enters his fourth year with Coach Derek Mason's program, and his second year as defensive quality control.

Calhoun arrived on campus in 2014, serving the Commodores as a conditioning assistant in Mason's first year.

Calhoun returned to collegiate athletics with the Commodores in 2014 after being a year assisting children with autism at the Piedmont School of Atlanta.

Calhoun served as FIU defensive line coach under Mario Cristobal at FIU from 2010-12, helping the Panthers to the 2010 Sun Belt Conference title and two postseason appearances ever, the 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and 2011 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl.

Prior to joining FIU, Calhoun coached four seasons at Dartmouth, working with the Big Green defensive line in 2006 and linebackers from 2007-09. From 2002-05, Calhoun served as defensive line coach at Alabama A&M. He helped fashion a unit that led the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in total defense and sacks for four straight seasons. Eight of his players won All-SWAC honors, contributing to a 32-15 overall record.

Among the top players Calhoun has coached are Alabama A&M defensive end Robert Mathis, the 2002 SWAC Defensive the Player of the Year who just finished his 10th season with the Indianapolis Colts, and FIU defensive end Tourek Williams, selected in the sixth round of the 2013 draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Calhoun was an all-conference defensive end at Grossmont (Calif.) Community College, and received his B.A. degree in health and physical education from Morehouse (Ga.) College in 1995.

He began his coaching career at Idaho State University in 1997, serving as the head strength and conditioning coach and also assisting the defensive line coach. He returned to Morehouse in 1998, spending four seasons as defensive line coach. During the summers of 2004 and 2005, Calhoun held a defensive line internship with the San Diego Chargers through the NFL's Minority Internship Program. In 2008, he was an intern with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Calhoun is the father of two daughters, Olusade and Adejola.
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