March 30, 2006
KINGSTON, R.I. - In preparation for the start of spring practice this Saturday (April 1), Rhode Island head football coach Tim Stowers has announced the hiring of three assistant coaches to his staff. Richard Hopkins was named defensive coordinator, while John Gendron will head up the offensive line and Corey Barlow will head up the secondary.
Hopkins, who comes to Kingston after two seasons as defensive coordinator at the Citadel, brings over 30 years of coaching experience and a resume that includes stints in the SEC, ACC, Southwest Conference Atlantic 10 and Ivy League, to the URI staff. Before his stint at The Citadel, he spent five years as defensive coordinator at James Madison, leading the Dukes to a share of the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship and a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA Tournament. He also spent time as defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt (1985-89), Rice (1983-85), Cincinnati (1983), and Duke (1981-83) and was also the defensive secondary coach at Temple (1998-93) and Tulane (1994-97).
Hopkins received a bachelor's degree in 1974 in physical education and a master's degree in mass communications in 1975 from Florida State, where he was a quarterback and tight end for the Seminoles.
Gendron joins the staff after two seasons as linebackers coach at Bridgewater State. The Bears finished the 2005 season ranked 15th in rushing defense (88.0 ypg.) and 20th in scoring defense (15.5 ppg) in Division III en route to the ECAC Northeast Championship and a 9-1 record.
A health and physical education teacher at East Providence High School since 1986, he also has extensive high school coaching experience at both East Providence and Seekonk High Schools. He helped lead East Providence to back-to-back State Championships in 2002 and 2003, serving as offensive coordinator.
A 1982 URI graduate with a degree in health and physical education, Gendron was a four-year reserve quarterback for the Rams after a standout high school career at Seekonk. He was inducted into the Seekonk Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
Barlow played cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1992-95 after an All-America career at Auburn. He also spent a season with the Amsterdam Admirals of the World Football League in 1996 and played in the Arena Football League with the Grand Rapids Rampage in 1999.
At Auburn, he was a two-time SEC All-Conference selection in 1990 and 1991. As a senior captain, he garnered Most Valuable Defensive Player honors for the Tigers, and was named the Ralph Shug Jordan Award winner as the team's most outstanding senior. He was taken in the fifth-round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Eagles.
Barlow served as football operations manager at Morehouse College for the past four years after two years as an assistant football and track & field coach at Southside High School in Atlanta.