BANGOR, Maine - Husson University head football coach Nat Clark announces the newest addition to the Husson football coaching staff. Paytton Hobbs joins the Eagles as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach in March 2020.
"We are excited to have Paytton join our HU Football program," remarks Coach Clark. "Paytton is an experienced and successful defensive coach who will bring stability, passion and energy to our defensive unit and program. Paytton's work ethic and the impact he has made everywhere he has coached was evident in our conversations with him and with the coaches he has worked with."
Prior to coming to Husson, Hobbs was the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Dakota State University (S.D.) for the 2019 season. He guided a defense that accumulated 19 interceptions and finished the regular season with a tie for the second ranking nationally in interceptions. In addition, the Trojan defense ranked 38th nationally in total defense following the 2019 season, which was a large improvement from the 2018 season before Hobbs joined DSU, they were ranked 85th in the nation in total defense. Under Hobbs' tutelage, the DSU defense finished with an average of 21.8 points allowed per game and two fumble recoveries which allowed the defense to finish with 21 take-aways defensively.
Before working at DSU, Hobbs was an assistant coach for the Presentation College (S.D.) football team for three years, as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach. In addition, he served as the Co-Special Teams Coordinator for the Saints. He helped guide the Presentation College defense to a No. 4 national ranking in total defense in 2016.
In 2014 and 2015, Hobbs was a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Ottawa University (Kan.) football team, where he obtained his master's degree in Business Administration. He graduated with his master's in 2016. Hobbs was the Linebackers Coach and assisted with Special Teams. He was an integral part of the 2014 Ottawa Braves football team that captured the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. In 2015, he helped the Braves to a No. 7 national ranking in total defense. Hobbs also worked with USA Football during the summer of 2015 as a Defensive Coordinator for the USA Football National Development Games in College Station, Texas.
Adding to his coaching experience, Hobbs also served as the Assistant Linebackers Coach at Castleton University (Vt.) in 2013 and worked as the Football Operations and Recruiting Intern at Middlebury College (Vt.) in 2014. Hobbs was a three-year letterman for the Castleton Spartans. He was named to the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Academic Team in 2012. Hobbs graduated from Castleton University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Administration and Minor in Coaching in 2014.
Hobbs is a native of Middlebury, Vt., and recently moved to Maine with his wife, Brittny, and son, Oakly.