John Downs joins the Plymouth State football staff for his first season as a linebackers coach in 2018.
Downs was a three-year defensive lineman for Springfield College, earning Liberty League All-Academic Team recognition in both 2014 and 2015.
As a senior, Downs appeared in six games for a Pride team that went a perfect 10-0 in the regular season and finished the year ranked third in the East Region. Springfield fell to Husson University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship tournament.
In the spring of 2018, Downs worked with the University of Massachusetts in the Football Operations office. He held a similar position with Springfield College Football Operations in the spring of 2017.
Downs also has experience working with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.
Downs graduated from Springfield in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Athletic Coaching.