Kim Dameron is in his third season at ULM. Dameron joined the ULM staff in January 2005 as a defensive assistant coach, and was promoted to defensive coordinator two months later when former coordinator Bob Trott left ULM to take a position with the Cleveland Browns. Dameron works with the Warhawks bandits.
During his brief tenure as the defensive coordinator, the Warhawks have had six all-Sun Belt honorees on defense, including recent NFL Draft fifth-round pick Kevin Payne.
Dameron joined the Warhawks after four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2002 and 2003, the Lumberjacks were ranked in the top 10 nationally for pass efficiency defense. The 2003 squad was also ranked 29th nationally in scoring defense and led the Southland Conference in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, and ended up second in rushing defense and total defense. Dameron worked directly with special teams and the secondary, including 2003 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and AFCA All-American free safety Brent Hafford.
Dameron continued his coaching career at Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State. He coached the defensive secondary and special teams from 1986-91. The Bears were the 1989 and 1990 Gateway Conference champions. The 1989 squad was an NCAA quarterfinalist, while the 1990 squad advanced to the NCAA first round of the I-AA playoffs.
Dameron moved on to the University of Cincinnati in 1996 to take a position as the defensive secondary coach. The 1996 squad ranked 13th nationally in total defense and 14th in pass efficiency defense. In 1997, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. The Bearcats won the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, defeating Utah State. That season the defense was nationally ranked fifth in rushing defense and 33rd in total defense. In 1998, he added special teams and academic liaison duties. Four former Bearcats under Dameron's tutelage went on to the NFL.
The Rogers, Ark., native took a break from coaching in the college ranks as a defensive secondary coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 1999. Under his tutelage, Toronto ranked first in the CFL in total defense, scoring defense, and passing defense, and ranked second in rushing defense. Corner Adrion Smith was a first team all-CFL pick.
Dameron and his wife, Debbie, have one daughter, Krystle, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Debbie works for ULM's Department of Student Life and Leadership as the Coordinator of Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Affairs.
The Dameron File
Recruiting Area: Southern Arkansas
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Hometown: Rogers, Ark.
High School: Rogers High School, 1979
College: University of Arkansas, 1983 - B.S. - Physical Education
Playing Experience: Arkansas (DB/WR - 1979-82); Memphis Showboats (USFL - 1984)
Coaching Experience: Arkansas Graduate Assistant (1983); Southwest Missouri State Assistant Coach (1986-91); UNLV Assistant Coach (1992); Murray State Defensive Coordinator (1993-95); Cincinnati Assistant Coach (1996-97, Defensive Coordinator - 1998); Toronto Argonauts Assistant Coach (1999); Eastern Illinois Defensive Coordinator (2000-01); Stephen F. Austin Defensive Coordinator (2001-04); ULM Defensive Coordinator (2005-present)
Personal: Married to the former Debbie Key of Murray, Ky. They are the parents of a daughter, Krystle, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.