|Position:||Defensive Line Coach|
|Alma Mater:||University of Texas|
Rodrique Wright steps into a new role in 2016 after being named as the program’s defensive line coach in February. Wright has served his first two seasons as defensive ends coach as
Sam Houston has rolled up a 22-9 record. During those campaigns, the Bearkats have reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs both years, won a Southland Conference championship, defeated nine top 25-ranked opponents and finished ranked among the top four teams in FCS twice.
Bearkat defensive end P. J. Hall has been selected to five All-America squads the past two seasons including the prestigious Associated Press FCS honor team in 2015. Hall is a two-time first team All-Southland Conference selection. He was named as the league’s “Freshman of the Year” and placed third in the voting for the Jerry Rice Award as FCS “Freshman of the Year” in 2014. Following the 2015 campaign, Hall finished 15th in the voting for the STATS FCS “Defensive Player of the Year.”
Mouf Adebo earned All-Southland Conference as a sophomore in 2014 for a Bearkat squad that ranked 24th nationally in total defense and third in the league in scoring defense.
When Wright joined Keeler’s staff in February, 2014, he brought experience as a player and coach at the FBS and NFL levels to Sam Houston State.
Wright worked two seasons as defensive special assistant for the University of Texas. He was an All-America and All-Big 12 defensive end for coach Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns, playing in 2002 through 2005.
He earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors and was a first team selection for both the Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News freshman All-American in 2002.
Wright was a two-time winner of the Longhorns’ “Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award” (2003, 2004) and earned all-conference honors in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He was a Lombardi Award finalist and named AP and Walter Camp first team All-America in 2005.
Drafted by Miami, Wright played four years in the NFL for the Dolphins. He later played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL.
Wright was a Parade All-American and All-State player at Alief Hastings in Houston.