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Trent Boykin for YSU Head Football Coach

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Northeast Ohio native Trent Boykin is in his third season at Akron, where he oversees the running backs.

Over the last two seasons, Boykin has tutored running back Jawon Chisholm, who has rushed for 1,822 yards and 13 touchdowns. Chisholm earned Third-Team All-MAC honors in 2013. Under Boykin's guidance, Conor Hundley rushed for 425 yards on 100 carries, including just eight rushes for negative yards, in 2013.

Boykin spent the 2011 season as running backs coach at Wayne State, helping the Warriors to a school-record 12-win season and the program's first-ever appearance in the Division-II national championship game. The team was ranked second in the final AFCA poll, and closed the season listed 33rd nationally in rushing yards per game (200.56) and 23rd in scoring offense (34.48 ppg).

Under his watch in 2011, Wayne State had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time in school history. Senior Josh Renel was a first-team all-region selection and CoSIDA Academic All-America pick, while sophomore Toney Davis earned third-team all-region accolades. Davis’ 1,557 rushing yards were the fourth most in a single-season at WSU.

Boykin, 43 (born Nov. 13, 1970), spent the 2010 campaign as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lambuth (Tenn.) and was the head coach for two seasons (2008 and 2009) at Lane College (Tenn.), where he mentored eight all-conference players and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Before working at Lane, he spent three seasons as assistant head coach at Kentucky State.

A 1995 graduate of Youngstown State with a degree in organizational communication, Boykin began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Akron (1996-97). He also served one year at Boston College (1998) as an offensive graduate assistant before coaching receivers at Tiffin in 1999.He spent three years (2000-02) as YSU’s wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, and oversaw the running backs and special teams at Ball State in 2003 and 2004.

Boykin was awarded four varsity letters in football and played on three Division I-AA national championship teams (1991, 1993, 1994) at Youngstown State under then head coach Jim Tressel. He completed his collegiate career ranked second on the Penguin’s career receptions (150) list and seventh in career receiving yards (1,950). He also held the school record for career punt returns (74) and career punt return yardage (534), and was named the program’s outstanding offensive player in 1994.

A 1990 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School, he lettered in football, basketball and track, and is a member of the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame. Boykin played one year in Spain in the Arena Football League after originally signing with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Boykin and his wife, Denise, have five children between them, Elivia, Brittney, Kiera, Jaz and Anthony.

Boykin's Year-By-Year Coaching Experience:
1996-97 – Akron (graduate assistant)
1998 – Boston College (graduate assistant)
1999 – Tiffin (receivers)
2000-02 – Youngstown State (receivers / special teams)
2003-04 – Ball State (running backs /special teams)
2005-07 – Kentucky State (assistant head coach / offensive coordinator)
2008-09 – Lane College (head coach) (4-17 record)
2010 – Lambuth (co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks)
2011 – Wayne State (running backs)
2012 – Akron (running backs)

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