(Tarleton Athletics courtesy photo)

STEPHENVILLE – After nine seasons with Tarleton State, Henry Cofer has resigned his position as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Texan football program in order to pursue other career goals.

“Henry has been here for a long time and has done an incredible job. He has been a true professional during his time at Tarleton State University,” said head coach Cary Fowler. “He has been with me every step of the way since I came to Tarleton and I consider him a great friend. He has an incredible work ethic and I wish him nothing but the best in whatever he chooses to pursue.”

Cofer arrived at Tarleton in 2006 and spent his first two seasons as a graduate assistant coach before assuming a full-time role in 2008. As a full-time linebackers coach in 2008 and 2009, Cofer helped Tarleton State to a record of 18-6, an LSC Championship in 2009 and the school’s third appearance in the NCAA playoffs.

He was promoted to the defensive coordinator position prior to the 2010 season after Fowler was named the head coach of the Tarleton State Texans. In his five seasons as the defensive coordinator, Cofer helped Tarleton win 27 games in four seasons as well as earn the school’s third LSC Championship in 2013. He has also coached seven Texan linebackers to all-conference accolades, including three-time selection Marquis Wadley and two-time recipient Marc Martinez.

Following Cofer’s departure from Tarleton State, Fowler will resume the role of defensive coordinator for the 2015 season. He served in that capacity during the 2008 and 2009 seasons before being named the head coach prior to the 2010 campaign.

As the defensive coordinator in 2009, Fowler helped guide the Texans to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs and a share of both the LSC Championship and the LSC South Division title. In 2008, the Texan defensive coordinator directed a defense that was No. 1 in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 21.8 points per game. The Texans were second overall in total defense with 319.3 yards per outing while the pass defense topped the LSC after allowing just 196.9 yards through the air.

“I’ve always had a passion for coaching defense and I continued to coach the defensive backs after being named the head coach, so this isn’t too big of adjustment for anyone,” said Fowler. “I’m looking forward to challenge and being able to coach a group of young men that I believe have the potential to be one of the greatest defenses I’ve ever seen.”

Fowler and the Texans will begin spring workouts in March.