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Jefferies Making the Best of an Opportunity

September 6, 2011

Craig Jefferies begins his first year at the University of New Mexico. He will be coaching a talented group of Lobo wide receivers.


Jefferies comes to UNM after spending 15 years (1996-2010) as the head coach at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.


"Coach Jefferies is one of the top coaches in the country and he led one of the top high school programs nationally for the past 15-plus years," said Locksley. "He has shown the ability to develop top-level players, especially at the wide receiver position. He is well respected within the business and is a great addition to our program."


Jefferies' Dunbar teams went a combined 126-48-1. Starting with a championship in 1998, Dunbar had a streak of 11 consecutive appearances in the Thanksgiving Day title game, the Turkey Bowl.


Jefferies received numerous honors while at Dunbar. He was a 10-time D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Coach of the Year, Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year in 1999, Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. Coach of the Year in 2004 and a two-time Eastern Board of Officials Coach of the Year.
During his 28 years coaching one of the top prep programs in the country, Jefferies coached 35 players who attended Division I colleges. More than 80 percent of his former players attended college and five are currently playing in the National Football League.


As of July 1, six of Jefferies' former players were on NFL rosters: WR Arrelious Benn, who played at Illinois and was a rookie wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, LB Nate Bussey (New Orleans), Joshua Cribbs, an All-Pro wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns, the Davis brothers - tight end Vernon (San Francisco) and cornerback Vontae (Miami) - and DE Brandon Gilbeaux (Tampa Bay).


Current New Mexico student-athletes Deon Long, Ugo Uzodinma, Reggie Ellis and Javarie Johnson all played for Jefferies at Dunbar.


Jefferies was a four-year letterman at Cheyney (Pa.) State (now University), earning all-conference honors as a senior defensive back. He graduated from Cheyney State in 1980 with a degree in special education.
Jefferies and his wife, Kathryn, have four children: sons Craig II and Jerrett, and daughters Reisha and Cherisse.