POSITION Special Teams Coordinator
Alonzo Hampton joins Coach Taggart’s staff for the fourth different time as he was on staff at Oregon, South Florida and Western Kentucky. Hampton also has experience as a successful high school coach in Arkansas and Georgia.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with Coach Taggart again and be part of this amazing staff he has put together,” Coach Hampton said. “Florida State is one of the elite programs in college football history. I’m looking forward to winning championships and adding to the FSU legacy.”
Last season, Hampton was a defensive analyst at Oregon after serving two seasons as South Florida’s defensive backs coach and adding special teams duties in 2016. In 2016, Hampton helped lead a defense that forced 26 turnovers, the 18th-highest total in FBS, and returned three for touchdowns to tie for the 19th-highest total in FBS, as the Bulls won a school-record 11 games.
While he was at South Florida, he coached cornerback Deatrick Nichols to all-conference honors both seasons and punt returner D’Ernest Johnson to second-team all-conference in 2016 when his output included an 83-yard punt return touchdown that ranks as the second-longest in program history. Nichols, who recorded a team-high four interceptions in both of his seasons under Hampton, finished his career with 11 interceptions to tie for third on the Bulls’ all-time list. In 2015, USF made 17 interceptions, 13 by the defensive backs, to rank 14th in FBS.
Prior to his time with Coach Taggart in Tampa, Hampton was the defensive backs coach at Tift County High School in Georgia for two seasons. In 2014, he helped lead the Blue Devils to a 7-4 record and a spot in the Class 6A playoff bracket.
He was the defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, helping complete the Hilltoppers’ historic turnaround and the program’s first bowl appearance. His defensive backs, led by 2014 NFL Draft pick safety Jonathan Dowling, boasted the nation’s 34th-best pass defense and led Conference USA in pass efficiency defense and total defense in 2012.
Prior to his time at Western Kentucky, Hampton spent five seasons at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He was promoted from cornerbacks coach to defensive backs coach and finally to defensive coordinator as he proved his mettle within the program. In 2008, his second season coaching the entire secondary, the Golden Lions ranked eighth in FCS in pass efficiency defense, 17th in pass defense and 29th in interceptions. UAPB’s 160.9 passing yards allowed per game also ranked first in the SWAC.
Hampton began his coaching career in the high school ranks in Arkansas, serving as defensive coordinator at Warren High School from 2000-03 and then head coach at Dumas High School for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. While he was at Warren, where he also was the head track and field coach, the Lumberjacks posted an overall record of 48-12 and won back-to-back state championships. During his time leading the Dumas program, he also served a minority internship with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hampton was a member of the football and track and field programs at ULM. He was named team captain and selected to the All-Louisiana Defensive Back Team in 1996. Following his collegiate career, he spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the Frankfurt Galaxy. During his time in Frankfurt, he started in the World Bowl in 1998 and 1999 and helped Frankfurt win the title in 1999.
Hampton earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from ULM in 1996 and his master’s degree in teaching from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 2002. He and his wife, Yolanda, have two children, Ashton and Alonzo, Jr.