Theo Lemon, a former head coach at Savannah (Ga.) State, Central (Ohio) State and College of Depage (Ill.), comes to Florida A&M University’s football staff to serve dual roles as Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach.
Lemon comes to FAMU from Dayton, Ohio, where he had been teaching in the city’s public school system since 2008. He also served a three-year stint with the NCAA’s National Consortium of Academics and Sports from 2009 to 2011.
Coach Lemon served as head coach at three schools launching or rebuilding their football programs: at Savannah State from 2006 to 2008, after a three-year stint as head coach at Central State of Ohio, from 2003 to 2006, and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois from 2001 to 2003.
His impressive work resume also includes staff appointments at Wake Forest, Rutgers, East Carolina, Northeastern, Central State, Kentucky State and Ohio University.
He also worked two NFL Summer Internships with the Los Angeles Raiders (1992) and the San Francisco 49ers (1995).
At Wake Forest (1995-2001), Lemon served in a number of roles including Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, helping the Demon Deacons to the 1999 Aloha Bowl Championship.
For three seasons, he was the linebackers coach at Rutgers University (1993-95); was defensive line coach at East Carolina University from 1992 to1993, and was defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Northeastern (Mass.) University from 1990 to 1992.
Lemon crossed paths with a former FAMU coach, College Hall of Famer William “Billy” Joe, in what proved to be his first tour at Central State of Ohio, helping the Marauders to a scintillating 60-11-2 mark during his six-year stay from 1984 to 1990, highlighted by the 1990 NAIA National Championship, along with five consecutive Black College National titles (1986-87-88-89-90).
At Central, the versatile Lemon served in various roles on both sides of the ball: Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker coach, Offensive Line coach, Running Backs coach and Academic Advisor.
In 1981, Lemon accepted his first full-time coaching job at Kentucky State, where he started out as the Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, Inside and Outside Linebackers Coach, before serving as Interim Head Coach in 1984.
Lemon began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (1980-81) at his alma mater, Ohio University, from which he earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education, and an M.S. degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling.