Dante Bartee named defensive coordinator


OTTAWA, Kansas – University of Ottawa Head Football Coach, Nick Davisis pleased to announce the hiring of Dante Bartee as the program’s defensive coordinator.

“Dante is one of the smartest young coaches in America,” Davis said. “We’re bringing in a coach with a lot of knowledge from the Alabama and Georgia coaching tree. We’re excited to see how he can help the Braves improve next fall.”

Bartee comes to uOttawa from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was the senior defensive analyst for the Golden Eagles football program. He worked directly with the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers.

Prior to working at Southern Miss, Bartee was a graduate assistant at the University of California, Berkeley during the 2019 season. He worked with the scout team, coached inside linebackers, and did breakdowns and analysis. Bartee also supported staff with recruitment and on-campus assessments. He worked with Cal linebackers Evan Weaver and Kiun Deng. The linebacking duo produced the most NCAA Division I-level tackles at their positions. Weaver was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American at linebacker. Bartee has also worked with Cal coaches Peter Sirmon, Tim Deruyter and Andrew Browning.

Prior to his time at Cal, Bartee was an assistant coach in 2018 at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University. He coached inside and outside linebackers for the Peacocks. Bartee has worked with UIP Special Teams (Kick Off) and Recruitment. Bartee coached two NSIC selections at linebacker.

Bartee also spent time at the high school level. From 2014 to 2018, Bartee coached at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona while attending Arizona State University. He coached running backs, outside linebackers and defensive backs. Bartee spent a year as co-defensive coordinator and two years as defensive coordinator. He was also the special team coordinator for four years.

“I’m thrilled to be the new defensive coordinator for uOttawa,” said Bartee. “The opportunity to continue the success that Ottawa has had on and off the court with its student-athletes is an honor and a privilege. I want to continue to build on that success for our players, our fans and the University as a whole. I look forward to living up to the high standards that make Ottawa a great place to live in. Go Braves!”

Bartee graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 with a degree in justice studies. He is working on his master’s degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley.