Bakersfield College Football
Jun 17, 2020 6:45 AM
R. Todd Littlejohn
Bakersfield College Football

R. Todd Littlejohn was hired as the head football coach at Bakersfield College in January 2020.

Prior to BC, Littlejohn spent two seasons as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Prairie View A&M. In his first season at Praire View the Panthers' special teams units blocked three kicks, and were one of only two teams in the SWAC (Southern) with both a punt and kickoff return for touchdown.

Littlejohn spent seven seasons at New Mexico State, where he coached receivers and cornerbacks during his tenure. Littlejohn produced all conference performers Teldrick Morgan, Austin Franklin, Taveon Rogers, and Davon House,

Prior to NM State, Littlejohn coached for the Cal Bears for two seasons (2006-07). During his time with the Bears, Littlejohn guided the team’s defensive backs to a national ranking of third in interceptions. He also coached the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Daymeion Hughes, who ranked third in the nation with eight interceptions.

Littlejohn joined the Syracuse coaching staff as the cornerbacks coach in 2003. During two years at Syracuse, he coached a pair of All-Big East defensive backs in Diamond Ferri and Anthony Smith. All four of the Orange’s starting defensive backs played in the NFL.

Prior to his appointment at Syracuse, Littlejohn was an assistant coach in charge of defensive backs and special teams at UCLA for two years (2001-02). While on the staff at UCLA, Littlejohn tutored Ricky Manning, a three-time All-Pac 10 selection. During Littlejohn’s first season, the Bruins led the conference in total defense and pass efficiency defense and ranked second in scoring defense.

Littlejohn also served as the defensive coordinator and director of player personnel for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League before coaching at UCLA.

Littlejohn’s coaching career began in 1989 at Porterville (Calif.) Junior College where he was a defensive backs coach. In 1990, he moved to Bakersfield (Calif.) College, where he was the mentor for the defensive backs in 1990 and 1991. After spending the 1992 and 1993 seasons instructing the defensive backs at Missouri Western State College, Littlejohn served as an assistant coach at Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College in 1994.

Following two years in private business, he returned to the coaching ranks at DeAnza College (Calif.) in 1997 before joining the staff at Utah State, where he coached wide receivers and special teams from 1998 to 1999.

Littlejohn spent the 2000 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State. He was responsible for leading the defensive backs and special teams. Under his direction, the Spartans led the WAC with 15 interceptions and the secondary ranked fourth in the WAC in pass efficiency.

As a player, Littlejohn began his football career at Bakersfield High School before coming to BC. As a Renegade he played for both legendary Renegade coaches Gerry Collis and Carl Bowser from 1983-84 before transferring to West Texas State where he was an All-American defensive back. He then transferred to Fresno State where he played baseball for one year while earning his bachelor’s degree in 1989.

Littlejohn and his wife, Toi-Yan, have three daughters, Aundria, Aniya and Ahria. He also has an older daughter, Kayla.

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