By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Eastern Illinois Panthers have parted ways with head coach Kim Dameron. He had held the position since the 2014 season.
He was 27-30 at the school, including 24–16 in conference play. However, he had his worst coaching season at the institution with a 3-8 mark in 2018.
The Panthers began the season with four straight losses, including a loss to No. 19 Illinois State Redbirds on September 8th. Eastern Illinois gave up 40 or more points in those losses.
Their first win did not come until September 29th when they defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 52-38 at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tennessee. They then lost back-to-back games, including a 49-22 loss to No. 8 Jacksonville State Gamecocks on October 13th.
On October 20th, the Panthers defeated UT Martin Skyhawks, 24-21, in overtime at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston, Illinois. After a loss to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, Eastern Illinois defeated the Austin Peay Governors, 52-21 at O’Brien Stadium on November 10th.
Eastern Illinois lost to No. 23 Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 38-32, at Houck Stadium in Missouri.
In 2016 and 2017, Dameron guided the team to back-to-back 6-5 seasons. He also guided the team to a 7-5 record in 2015. The team went 5-7 under Dameron in his first season in 2014.
The 58-year-old previously was the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defensive coordinator before accepting the Eastern Illinois head coaching job. HE spent the 2012 season as the Cornell Big Red defensive coordinator. One year prior, he was the Big Red’s safeties coach.
He was the Ole Miss Rebels safeties coach from 2008 through 2010. He spent the 2005 through 2007 seasons as the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks defensive coordinator.
Dameron was the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks defensive coordinator from 2001 through 2004. He also was the Panthers defensive coordinator in 2000.
He worked as the Toronto Argonauts defensive backs coach in 1999. He was the Cincinnati Bearcats defensive coordinator in 1998. He also worked the 1996 and 1997 seasons as the Bearcats defensive backs coach.
He was employed by the Murray State Racers defensive coordinator from 1993 through 1995. He also was the UNLV Rebels defensive backs coach in 1992.
Dameron was the Missouri State Bears defensive backs coach from 1986 through 1991. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1983.
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