Former Southeast Missouri starting quarterback Jeromy McDowell was hired as the Redhawks offensive coordinator, head football coach Tom Matukewicz announced earlier this month.
McDowell returns to Southeast after working the last four years at NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa. He spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the Mavericks offensive coordinator.
McDowell was on the Colorado Mesa staff with Russ Martin, Mike Chavez and Willie Ponder. Martin was the offensive coordinator, Chavez was offensive line coach and Ponder was a star wide receiver when McDowell played quarterback at Southeast.
When talking about the hire, Matukewicz said he really wanted to bring in a proven coordinator, and he loved the fact that he was a former Redhawk and played quarterback at a high level.
McDowell was not only a proven coordinator, but had national success at Colorado Mesa. In 2017, he led a Colorado Mesa offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring with 46.4 points per game. The Mavericks also finished seventh nationally in rushing offense and eighth in total offense. Colorado Mesa compiled an overall record of 9-2 en route to its third-consecutive Rocky Mountain Conference title.
In an interview with the Southeast Missourian, McDowell said he hopes to use an attacking, fast-paced style of offense at Southeast, similar to the approach at Colorado Mesa.
Prior to beginning his college coaching career, McDowell served as a high school coach for 10 years, including his last five as head coach at North County High School in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He led the Raiders to back-to-back conference championships in 2012 and 2013.
McDowell played quarterback at Southeast from 2001-03. He ranks among the school's all-time career leaders in pass efficiency and all-time single-season leaders in passing yards per game, touchdown passes, pass completion percentage and passing yards.
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