Telly Lockette (pronounced Lock-it) was named the Beavers’ running backs coach Dec. 31, 2014, after spending the previous two years in the same capacity at South Florida.
While at USF Lockette coached running back Marlon Mack to American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors after rushing for 1,014 yards; the first USF Bull to reach the 1,000-yard plateau since 2005. He also coached second team all-conference running back Marcus Shaw in 2013.
Lockette has extensive experience as a high school coach in the state of Florida. From 2008 to 2012 he was the head coach at Miami’s Central High School, compiling a record of 60-10 and leading the Rockets to three consecutive 6A state title games, winning the 2010 and ’12 championships. His 2012 team finished the year as the top-ranked squad in the nation and the ’10 team ended No. 2. For three seasons Central did not lose to any team from powerful Dade or Broward County, a first in Florida high school football history. During his tenure over 70 players received college football scholarship offers, including current Florida State leading rusher Dalvin Cook and two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and Manning Award finalist Rakeem Cato of Marshall.
He accumulated numerous awards during his prep coaching career, including the Nike Sportsmanship Award, and the Nike, Miami Herald and Miami Dolphins’ Coach of the Year honors. He was an assistant coach at the Semper Fidelis All-America bowl twice and an assistant coach for the USA National Football Team.
Prior to taking the head coaching job at Central, Lockette served on his alma mater Northwestern High School in Miami for four seasons. He held the role of offensive coordinator and running backs coach for three seasons after spending one year as running backs coach. Lockette led an explosive offense that averaged 42 points per game, the most in state history at the time, helping Northwestern to the 2006 state championship.
As of 2014, Lockette had numerous players that he coached in the NFL, including Devonte Freeman (Atlanta), Kevin Pamphile (Tampa Bay), Lavonte Davis (Tampa Bay), Sean Spence (Pittsburgh) and Kenbrell Thompkins (Oakland).
Lockette was a star running back at Northwestern and went on to become a two-time Division I-AA All-American linebacker at Idaho State, where he was associated with then Bengals defensive line coach Gary Andersen. He was inducted into the Idaho State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. Lockette is a 1998 graduate of Idaho State with a bachelor’s degree in education.