North Alabama announced that Brent Dearmon is the Lions' new head football coach. Dearmon became the 12th head coach at a UNA program that began in 1949.

The 37-year-old, a Saraland native, is the son of a high school football coach. He served as the offensive coordinator at FAU this past season and was the offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee in 2021. During the two seasons prior, Dearmon was the quarterbacks coach and senior offensive consultant at Kansas. Dearmon was the head coach at B.C. Rain High in Mobile in 2011-12.  

"My family and I are thrilled to lead such a decorated program and university into a new era," said Dearmon in a UNA news release. "We are going to build men of toughness, with high character and give the Shoals community a product to be proud of, on and off the field. I'm excited about the vision that Dr. Kitts and Dr. Looney have for the UNA football program."
Dearmon also authored one of the leading books in RPO offensive strategy entitled "The Evolution of the RPO."

"From the start to the end of our search process, we never wavered in our expectations to hire someone who has demonstrated success as a head coach, possessed a high level of play-calling experience at the Division I level, and has displayed the ability to communicate effectively with student-athletes, the university, and the community," said UNA Director of Athletics Dr. Josh Looney. "Brent Dearmon comes from a championship football family in the state of Alabama, brings proven results in recruiting, and is regarded as an innovative offensive mind amongst his peers. Brent was not only on the top of our list when this search began, but he exceeds all the expectations we were seeking in the next leader of UNA Football."

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