Slocum out; Saunders in

Shawn Slocum will go to Green Bay; David Saunders will take his place at Ole Miss as the linebackers coach. Read the official release inside.

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron announced Friday that he has selected Millsaps College head coach David Saunders to replace Shawn Slocum as linebackers coach on his staff. Slocum is leaving Ole Miss to accept an assistant coaching position with the National Football League Green Bay Packers.

The appointment is pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

"I'm fired up to have David on our staff," Orgeron said. "He brings a wealth of experience in recruiting the state of Mississippi, and having coached with David in the past, we also share the same philosophies in coaching defense."

Saunders, who recently completed his third season as head football coach of the Millsaps Majors, is returning to Ole Miss. Prior to being named head coach at Millsaps, Saunders had spent four years at the University of Mississippi, including the first two as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Recruiting and the final two as Coordinator of High School and Community College Relations.

"I fully understand the standard and expectations that Ed has for the program, and that is to compete and win Southeastern Conference championships," Saunders said. "This is a great opportunity for me and our family to come back to Ole Miss. We can't wait to get started."

Slocum joined Orgeron's first Ole Miss staff in January of 2005 as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. During his season with the Rebels, Slocum coached a highly productive linebacker corps which included first team All-America selection Patrick Willis, who led the nation in solo tackles and was sixth in the nation in total tackles.

"Shawn did a fantastic job coaching our linebackers last season," Orgeron said. "He was very loyal and we wish him well as his coaching career moves to the NFL."

"I appreciate the opportunity Coach Orgeron, Chancellor Robert Khayat, and Athletics Director Pete Boone gave me to work at the University of Mississippi," Slocum said. "Having spent a year working with Coach Orgeron, I learned a lot about championship organization. I wish Coach Orgeron and the Ole Miss family the very best as I look forward to the opportunity to coach in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers."

During his first stint at Ole Miss, which began in December of 1998, Saunders established an acclaimed recruiting program and was lauded as one of the top nine recruiters in the nation by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com.

Saunders first joined the Ole Miss athletics staff after working at the University of Tennessee, where he was responsible for on-campus recruiting.

Prior to accepting the Tennessee position, Saunders served two years as assistant football coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro (1996-97). He spent the 1995 season coaching safeties and special teams at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, Saunders was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, La. It was at Nicholls State that Saunders coached with Orgeron, who was the Colonels linebackers coach in 1994. While at Nicholls State, Saunders coached defensive back Darryl Pounds, who played for the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

From 1990 to 1992, Saunders coached the defensive line at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, and helped lead the Eagles to the 1990 Division I-AA national championship.

From 1984 to 1989, Saunders coached defensive backs and receivers while serving as recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University. While at Jacksonville State, Saunders coached defensive back Eric Davis, who earned All-Pro honors in the NFL and played for the 1995 Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers. Saunders also coached receiver Keith McKeller, who played in three Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, and defensive back Darrel Malone, who played with the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.

Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Saunders was an assistant football coach at Andalusia High School in Alabama from 1982 to 1983.

Saunders, a native of Douglasville, Ga., graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree and was a walk-on lineman for the Tigers. While at Auburn, Saunders also assisted with the junior varsity, working with the offensive and defensive lines.

Saunders is married to the former Jan Perry of Andalusia, Ala. The couple has two children, Riley (15) and Kaylee (13).

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