CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Dwayne Wilmot has joined the Harvard University football coaching staff as a defensive line coach in an announcement from Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. Wilmot, who begins his duties with the Crimson on Feb. 8, will serve as the program's defensive line coach. Wilmot is responsible for recruiting in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Wilmot came to Harvard after spending five seasons at the University of Maine as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He was responsible for the defense's run game scheme and opponent pass protections.
At Maine, Wilmot's 2006 defense led the nation in rushing defense and he coached a number of defensive stars including defensive end Jovan Belcher, who was a Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player-of-the-Year, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's best lineman and a first-team All-America selection in five different publications.
Among the other notable players under Wilmot's mentorship were DT Jonathan Pirruccello (NFF Hampshire Honor Society and ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team), DT Matt King (Buck Buchanan finalist, first team All-American), DE Mike DeVito (first team All-CAA).
Wilmot has coached three players who have been signed as rookie free agents by NFL teams (Mike DeVito and Matt King in 2007 with the New York Jets; Jovan Belcher in 2009 with the Kansas City Chiefs).
Prior to his time at Maine, Wilmot spent three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and assistant defensive coach at Tennessee-Martin.
A 2001 graduate of Maine with a degree in broadcast journalism, Wilmot was a team captain as a senior and left the program among its top 10 players in receptions and receiving yards. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts and later played in the Arena Football2 League with the Charleston Swamp Foxes, leading the team with 80 receptions, 1,100 yards and 20 touchdowns.