Ron Boyd enters his seventh season as the offensive line coach at The Citadel.
The offensive line has been the anchor of one of the most successful rushing attacks in the FCS. Through his first six seasons, the Bulldogs' offensive line has paved the way for fifty-four 100-yard rushing performances, including a school-record 14 in 2015.
During his tenure, the Bulldogs have ranked in the top-10 nationally in rushing yards per game every season. The 2016 Bulldogs led the nation by averaging 348.2 yards per game.
Boyd has produced at least one first-team all-conference selection in each of his first six seasons.
The 2019 Bulldogs rushed for over 300 yards in six of the 12 games, including a season-high 378 yards in the win over Mercer. Additionally, The Citadel rushed for 320 yards in the upset victory over Georgia Tech. It marked the second-straight year the Bulldogs rushed for at least 275 yards against a FBS opponent.
Senior Drew McEntyre was a first-team all-conference selection, while Johnathan Toole was selected as a First-Team Freshman All-American by HERO Sports.
Boyd may have put together one of his best coaching jobs in 2017 when he took one of the youngest groups in college football and turned them into one of the best blocking units in the FCS.
Despite starting three freshmen along the front, the Bulldogs managed to rank second in the country in rushing at 294.6 yards per game. The leader of the group was Tyler Davis who went on to be named a Second-Team All-American by College Sports Madness.
The 2016 season was a record-setting one for the Bulldogs as they put together just the eighth undefeated season in Southern Conference history on their way to capturing their second-straight championship.
The Bulldogs eclipsed the 400-yard mark five times on their way to leading the country in rushing yards and time of possession.
Tackle Isaiah Pinson won the Southern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Award and was tabbed a First-Team All-American. Additionally, Nick Jeffreys earned first-team all-conference honors, while Kyle Weaver was named to the all-conference second team and Drew McEntryre earned all-freshman team honors.
In 2015, the Bulldogs rushed for 346.9 yards per game on their way to capturing the SoCon championship and the program’s first playoff win, a 41-38 victory over Coastal Carolina.
Boyd’s first season in the Lowcountry saw the Bulldogs amass 347.2 yards a game on the ground.
Boyd arrived at The Citadel after spending the previous nine years as the offensive line coach at Lenoir-Rhyne. Boyd also served as the program’s strength and conditioning coach and equipment manager.
In 2013, Boyd led an offensive line that paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 370.9 yards per game and set the NCAA record for all divisions in rushing yards in a single season with 5,563 on the way to the Division II National Championship Game.
Under the direction of Boyd, a Bear offensive lineman received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference, in each of his final four seasons, including 2013 recipient and Division II All-American Joe Ray.
Prior to his time at Lenoir-Rhyne, Boyd was the offensive line coach at West Virginia Wesleyan from 1998-2004. During his tenure at West Virginia Wesleyan, the Bobcats won a pair of West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championships in 2002 and 2003, and the squad put together a 17-game league winning streak.
Boyd’s offensive lines helped West Virginia Wesleyan set several school rushing records, and five players earned All-WVIAC honors in 2003 including three who received first-team accolades. During its two championship seasons, West Virginia Wesleyan finished 14th and 20th overall in Division II in rushing with 220 and 214 yards per game, respectively.
Boyd began his offensive line coaching career by spending the 1993 and 1994 seasons at West Virginia Wesleyan. He then was the offensive line coach at Cumberland College in 1995 and West Virginia Tech in 1996 and 1997 before returning to West Virginia Wesleyan.
Boyd, a native of Delmont, Pennsylvania, and a 1992 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan, was a three-year letter winner, two-year starter and team captain his senior year. He is an active member of the American Football Coaches Association and has served on several of the organization’s committees.
He is married to the former Erin Shebatka.