Jovan Dewitt Bio
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
Release: 07/28/2011

Jovan Dewitt will take over as defensive coordinator for the Panthers in 2011 as he enters his third season at UNI.

In 2010, Dewitt's three starting linebackers earned recognition on the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference team. Jamar Thompson earned first-team status, L.J. Fort notched second-team all-MVFC and James Conley was named to the honorable mention squad. UNI's defense ranked No. 1 in the MVFC in rushing defense (104.42 yards/game), sacks (3.08/game) and tackles-for-loss (6.92/game).

Dewitt directed the UNI linebackers in 2009 and 2010, including two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree Josh Mahoney and honorable mention All-MVFC selection Jamar Thompson. The 2009 Panther 'D' ranked fourth in the nation among all FCS schools in scoring defense, allowing just 13.2 points per game. UNI also led the MVFC in rushing defense, passing defense and total defense.

Dewitt, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., earned his bachelor of science degree in physics/mathematics at Northern Michigan University in 1999, following a stellar career on the gridiron. He was an All-American linebacker for the Wildcats in 1995 and 1996. Dewitt was named the conference's defensive player of the year as a senior in 1996.

At the conclusion his senior season he was invited to an NFL workout by the New Orleans Saints and played in the Arena Football League for the Iowa Barnstormers, Orlando Predators and Fargo Freeze.

He began his coaching career as a student assistant at NMU in 1997, and following his playing career joined the NMU staff as a graduate assistant in 2000 and 2001. He also served as NMU's academic coordinator during his two-year stint as a graduate assistant.

Dewitt gained his first full-time coaching job as the running backs coach at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College in 2002. He moved on to Fairmont (W. Va.) State University where he served as the team's special teams coordinator in 2003. Dewitt returned to his alma mater in 2004 where he served as the NMU defensive coordinator for two seasons.

Dewitt then spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., from 2006-2008. Under his supervision, the St. Norbert defense posted three shutouts and finished second in the Midwest Conference in total defense in 2007. Dewitt also served as a lecturer in the physical education department.

Jovan and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Maya, and a son, Jovan Jr.

The Dewitt File

Coaching Experience

  • 2009-present UNI Linebackers
  • 2006-2008 St. Norbert Defensive Coord.
  • 2004-2005 Northern Michigan Defensive Coord.
  • 2003 Fairmont State Special Teams Coord.
  • 2002 Fort Scott CC Running Backs
  • 2000-2001 Northern Michigan Graduate Assistant
  • 1997 Northern Michigan Student Assistant


  • Northern Michigan (Physics, Mathematics), 1999

    Playing Experience

  • Northern Michigan 1993-1996
  • Iowa Barnstormers 1997
  • Orlando Predators 1998
  • Fargo Freeze 1999


  • Born: Oct. 21, 1975, in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Family: Wife, Lisa; Daughter, Maya; Son, Jovan Jr.
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