Joey Houston will coach the Green Wave secondary for the fourth year in 2003.
Houston helped mold the Green Wave secondary into one of the best in the nation in 2002. That group posted 22 interceptions while leading a Wave team which led the nation in turnovers gained.
Houston has been an integral part of the development of Green Wave standouts such as Tim Carter, Lynaris Elpheage and Adrian Mitchell. Carter and Elpheage, both cornerbacks, signed free agent contracts with the New Orleans Saints. Carter has played in NFL Europe for the past two summers. Elpheage led the Green Wave in interceptions in each of the last three seasons while free safety Mitchell ended his career as one of the top tacklers in Wave history.
Prior to joining the Green Wave staff, Houston spent three highly successful seasons at I-AA power Georgia Southern University with head coach Paul Johnson, currently the head coach at Navy. During his three years, GSU rolled to an overall record of 37-6 (.860) and berths in the 1998 and 1999 NCAA I-AA National Championship games. The 1999 squad posted a 13-2 mark on its way to the national championship. That year, Houston's tutelage helped a pair of Eagle cornerbacks (Earthwind Moreland and Kiwaukee Thomas) earn all-league accolades. Both are currently playing in the National Football League.
A native of North Augusta, S.C., Houston began his coaching career at his alma mater, Gardner-Webb University, as a graduate assistant coach with the defense in 1995. He was promoted to full-time assistant in charge of the secondary following the season and held that position until moving to Georgia Southern in 1997.
Houston earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb in 1995. He was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs at defensive back, twice earning all-conference honors. He also received the program's leadership award as a senior. The 30-year old Houston is single and lives in Harahan.