DURANT — Southeastern Oklahoma State introduced Bo Atterberry has its head football coach, elevating the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator to the position on Wednesday.

DURANT — Southeastern Oklahoma State introduced Bo Atterberry has its head football coach, elevating the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator to the position on Wednesday.


"It is an honor to become the head coach at Southeastern," Atterberry said. "This is a special place to me and it is a big reason that I’m even in the position to take this job. I’m excited to have the opportunity to give back to a place that has given so much to me."


Atterberry replaces Ray Richards, who stepped down last month after a 42-52 record in nine seasons at SOSU. The Savage Storm just completed their fourth consecutive losing season with a 2-9 mark in 2013.


"It is an exciting time for Southeastern," Director of Athletics Keith Baxter said. "Bo is a great fit for this program and he brings a passion for the game and for this University. He has played and coached here at Southeastern and has been a winner at both levels."


He returned to Southeastern prior to this past season for his second stint as defensive coordinator for his alma mater.


Prior to 2013, Atterberry spent six seasons as the head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He took over the Javelinas in 2007 and went 41-28 while winning the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2009 as well as back-to-back NCAA Division II Playoff appearances.


He earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2010 and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year in 2009. Over his tenure he coached 22 first team All-LSC selections, 16 all-region honorees and 11 All-Americans.


"We are excited about the future of the Southeastern football program," Southeastern President Dr. Larry Minks said. "With his background and experience, we believe Coach Atterberry will do an outstanding job in his new role as we move forward. Finally, I want to acknowledge Keith Baxter and the search committee for their hard work in the hiring process.’’


Atterberry was the Storm’s defensive coordinator from 2004-06 when Southeastern won or shared the Lone Star Conference North Division title each season while posting a 13-2 record against league opponents.


His defense in 2004 led the LSC and was ranked No. 16 in the nation in total defense, which helped guide the program to its first ever NCAA Division II Playoff berth.


His 2006 defense gave up fewer than 200 points for the season, allowing just 19.2 points per game, while leading the conference in pass defense.


Under his tutelage nine Storm defenders earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors, including the 2004 Linebacker of the Year and the 2005 Defensive Back of the Year.


Atterberry is a 1998 Southeastern graduate and started his career as a graduate assistant. He also spent five years working at the high school level, four of those seasons at Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Okla.


He returned to Southeastern as the defensive backs coach in 2003 before becoming defensive coordinator the following season.