Will Plemons joined the Hornet coaching staff as the defensive line coach in March of 2016. He previously coached at Sacramento State in 2007 and also had stints at Fresno State and in the Canadian Football League.
In 2017, Plemons coached two players to first team all-Big Sky honors and had a third earn honorble mention honors. Not only was Ben Sorensen named to the first team, he was a third team All-American by the Associated Press. Sorensen led Sacramento State with 10.0 sacks and finished the season with 12.5 tackles-for-loss. Fellow defensive end George Obinna was also named to the Big Sky first team after matching Sorensen's 12.5 TFLs and adding 8.5 sacks of his own. Dariyn Choates completed the honorees with 9.5 TFLs and six sacks while playing both end and tackle during the year. Overall, Hornet defensive linemen combined for 32 of the team's Div. I-era record 43 sacks.
The prior season, Plemons mentored Sorensen to honorable mention all-Big Sky honors. Sorensen led the team's defensive linemen with 42 tackles, including 11.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. Defensive tackle Wyatt Ming and defensive end Obinna posted 33 and 31 tackles, respectively, and combined for 9.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks.
Plemons returns to the Hornets where he was the defensive line coach during the 2007 season. That year, he guided a unit which included first team all-Big Sky selections Mike Brannon and Dallas Mauga. Brannon was also an honorable mention All-American after recording 18.0 tackles-for-loss and 9.0 sacks.
The following year, he moved to Fresno State where he coached linebackers before mentoring the defensive line from 2009-11. In 2010, the Bulldogs ranked ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 2.85 sacks per game. That year, he coach Chris Carter and Logan Harrell to first team all-WAC honors and Carter was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Plemons spent the next four seasons as a defensive line coach in the Canadian Football League. He was on the staff of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for two seasons before shifting to the Toronto Argonauts prior to the 2014 season. While in Winnipeg, Plemons coached a defensive line which accounted for 74 of the team's 94 sacks in his two seasons.
Prior to coming to Sacramento State, Plemons coached the defensive line at Idaho State in 2006.
He graduated from Cal Lutheran in 1997 where he was a four-year starter for the Kingsmen and was a team captain and all-conference player. He started his coaching career at CLU as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach before being elevated to the defensive line coach in 2002 and adding the recruiting coordinator title the following year. During his tenure, Plemons coached seven all-conference players, including a second team All-American.
He and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children: William (11), Bear (8), Nadia (6) and Anya (3).
Recruiting Area: All high schools and junior colleges in the Central Valley.