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Robertsdale adds former Auburn DE to coaching staff

Robertsdale, AL –  First year Robertsdale head football coach Chad Smith has added significant strength to the Golden Bears coaching staff for 2018.  

Smith, a former assistant at the University of South Alabama, has tapped former Auburn defensive end and graduate assistant Craig Sanders to guide the Bears defensive line this fall.   The school also announced that Dakota Bodree and Mo Mitchell will join Smith’s inaugural staff.   Bodree, a Robertsdale native and former Baldwin County assistant will coach the Bears wide receivers while Mitchell will be responsible for the teams running backs. 

Sanders, a native of Clio, lettered in football and baseball for at Ariton High before moving on to The Plains.  While at Auburn, he recorded 52 career tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, and was a member of the Tigers 2010 BCS National Championship squad.  He was also a significant contributor to Auburn’s 2010 and 2013 SEC Championship teams.  

After graduating from Auburn in 2013, as a member of the SEC academic honor roll, he served as a graduate assistant for Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.  He taught physical education at Auburn Junior High before returning to the university as a defensive analyst in 2016.  

Robertsdale, who is coming off a 0-10 campaign in 2017, will be looking for their first trip to the AHSAA postseason since 2004.  The Golden Bears will kick off 2018, on the road, at 7A Mary Montgomery.  They will play in front of their home crowd for the first time September 7th as they host region rival Gulf Shores at J.D. Sellers Stadium.