Rodney Bivens, who made a name for himself as a highly-successful high school coach in the state of Alabama, is in his fourth year on the UAB staff.
Bivens will coach the Blazer special teams and the tight ends in 2006 after serving as wide receivers coach the past three seasons.
In his short time with the Blazers, Bivens has had quite an impact on UAB's passing game. Over the past three seasons, UAB tallied an impressive 8,852 passing yards and scored 65 passing touchdowns. In 2003, UAB had 2,599 passing yards, while tallying 16 passing touchdowns.
Bivens' biggest contribution to UAB's offense is reflected in the production of one of the Blazers' all-time bests, Roddy White. White improved each season under Bivens and was drafted No. 27 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. In White's first season under Bivens, the 2003 season, he amassed 844 yards and seven touchdowns. White's most impressive year came in 2004, as he recorded 1,452 receiving yards and scoring 14 touchdowns for UAB. Bivens helped White become one of the best in the nation, garnering national attention and honors.
Bivens joined the UAB coaching staff after spending three years as an assistant coach (running backs and quarterbacks) at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was head coach at Anniston (Ala.) High School from 1992-99 and helped lead his team to an Alabama Class 6A state championship in 1994. Anniston also won the state 6A crown in 1989 when Bivens was serving as defensive coordinator.
In addition to his successful coaching stints at Tuscaloosa Central and Anniston High, Bivens also spent time as an assistant coach at Newnan (Ga.) High School (1999-2000), Bradshaw High School in Florence, Ala. (1981-87) and Shades Valley High in Birmingham (1981).
Two of Bivens' former players at Central are current or former members of the UAB team (senior defensive tackle Brandon Jeffries and defensive back Julius Wainwright) who completed his eligibility last season.
A 1980 graduate of the University of North Alabama, Bivens earned his Masters degree in physical education there in 1985.
Bivens has five children: Candice (23), MeConya (21), Rodney, Jr. (20), Isaac (16) and Elaine (14).