DURANT — Southeastern head football coach Bo Atterberry has announced the hiring of Charles Burks to serve as the Savage Storm’s defensive coordinator.

DURANT — Southeastern head football coach Bo Atterberry has announced the hiring of Charles Burks to serve as the Savage Storm’s defensive coordinator.


Burks makes the move after spending the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.


"I couldn’t be in a better position," Burks said. "For my first time as a defensive coordinator, than working under a great former DC in coach Atterberry. Being the youngest coordinator in the conference, working with Bo is a plus because Bo is regarded as one of the best defensive minds in Division II."


As the secondary coach for A&M-Commerce last season he helped the team post a 7-5 record and the first winning season for the Lions since 2001, including the team’s first bowl trip since the 1950s. He coached a pair of all-conference honorees in the secondary in 2013.


Burks coached at West Texas A&M in 2012 as the cornerbacks coach for a defense that led the Lone Star Conference in defensive passing efficiency and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals after winning the conference championship.


He started his coaching career as the secondary coach for East Central, joining the staff of his alma mater in December of 2010 and coaching the 2011 season on a defensive staff that led the conference in pass efficiency defense, yards allowed per completion and opponent’s completion percentage. While there he also coached Dontea Smith, East Central’s first first-team All-American in 27 years.