|Title||Defensive Back Coach|
Ron Bolton begins his second season and second stint as defensive back under head coach Gary Harrell. It did not take the highly confident Bolton long to show why he is regarded as one of the top secondary coaches in the FCS. The Bison secondary, which had been victimized by passing touchdowns from opponents, improved dramatically, ranking among the best in the MEAC in pass defense and pass efficiency defense. Howard cornerback Lanny Kelly finished second in the FCS in passes broken up.
Prior to coming to Howard, Bolton served as secondary coach for Delaware State. In his first season with the Hornets, his defensive backs accounted for 12 of the team’s 13 interceptions in 2009. Safety Jerome Strums finished third in the MEAC with four interceptions. Additionally, Bolton’s secondary amassed three of the team’s four defensive touchdowns.
Bolton played collegiately at Norfolk State and had an outstanding career and was named to the Pittsburgh Courier Gazette Black College American team. After an outstanding college career Bolton was drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots and spent four seasons there as a cornerback and two years as the team’s Player Representative. Bolton was also a member of the Cleveland Browns and helped lead the team to the AFC Central Division championship and playoff berth in 1980.