Troy football hires new cornerbacks coach with Bolt, Auburn ties

Published 7:19 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Troy University announced Thursday the hiring of Dustin Landry as the football team’s new cornerbacks coach. Landry comes to Tory after coaching one season at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, as the school’s defensive coordinator.

Before Navarro, Landry spent four seasons with Troy defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt on Gene Chizik’s staff at Iowa State and Auburn.

“I’ve had the opportunity to coach with Dustin for four of the past five years and he is one of the bright young coaches in this profession,” Bolt said in a release from the university. “He has learned from some of the top defensive coaches in the country and is a true student of the game.”

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Under Landry, Navarro’s defense finished 13th in the NJCAA allowing just 256.3 yards per game. The Bulldogs went 10-2 and finished ranked fourth in the nation. Five players from that squad landed all-conference honors while safety Thomas McDonald was named an All-American.

“I’m very excited to work with Coach Blakeney, Coach Bolt and the rest of the staff,” Landry said in the release. “I’ve had a relationship with Coach Bolt for a while now and I’m excited about the opportunity to come to Troy. There is nothing like football in Alabama so it’s great to be back in the state.”

Landry assisted with Auburn’s linebacking corps in 2009 and the secondary in 2010, the year Auburn won the national championship.

Landry served as a defensive graduate assistant in 2008 as a member of Iowa State’s staff. Landry received his undergraduate degree in criminology from Auburn in 2006 and his master’s in college administration from Auburn in 2009.