August 13 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College athletic department and Head Football Coach Bill Garvey are pleased to announce the addition of former Pittsburgh Steeler Charles Lockett to the Bison coaching staff for the 2015 season. Lockett comes to the Bison through the NFL Players’ Association Coaching Internship program.
The NFLPA Coaching Internship is an opportunity, built in collaboration with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), which provides transitioning and former NFL players an in-depth, foundational coaching experience. Selected interns will be able to spend an entire season coaching on the sidelines of an NCAA Division II, Division III, or NAIA institution.
Lockett joins the Bethany staff after serving the last two seasons with Garey High School in Pomona, Calif. Lockett served as the quarterback and wide receivers coach while helping with all aspects of day-to-day operations with the team. Including his time at Garey, Lockett has eight years of high school coaching experience.
Prior to his time with Garey High, Lockett worked for two years as the West Coast Regional Director of the National Football League’s High School Player Development program. During that time, Lockett was instrumental in the coordination of 17 camps on the West Coast. The camps included classes on leadership development, health and safety, as well as information on up-to-date eligibility, recruiting and compliance information for parents and student-athletes.
"I am excited and humbled to have this opportunity to work for Coach Garvey here at Bethany,” commented Lockett, who will coach the running backs during his time with the Bison. “With his extensive knowledge of the game he reminds me of my former coach, the late Chuck Knoll. Garvey has a history of turning programs around, and I look forward to learning and helping the players reach another level of competition."
As a player, Lockett spent three years in the NFL, which included two with the Steelers in 1987-88 and 1988-89. He was drafted in the third round by Pittsburgh and went on to post 481 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his two seasons.
Before his time with Pittsburgh, Lockett was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American selection at Long Beach State University of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA – now known as the Big West Conference). In four years, Lockett produced 191 catches for 2,902 yards (15.2 per catch) and 19 touchdowns. In 1984, he ranked second in all of Division I in receptions per game while posting a career high 1,112 yards.
In ’85, Lockett once again ranked in the top ten in receptions per game, hauling in 69 catches for 949 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns.
“We are extremely pleased to have Coach Lockett join our staff,” remarked Garvey, who is entering his third season at the helm of the Bison football program. “Having someone with his caliber and expertise teaching our student-athletes is something with which I think we will really benefit.”