Dwayne “Billy” Ledford joins the Tennessee State coaching staff in 2010, coming from East Carolina , his alma mater, where served on the offensive staff for two years.
Ledford played seven years in the NFL. In all, he played four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1999-2000, 2003-2004) while also spending time on the Jacksonville Jaguars (2000), Carolina Panthers (2001), Cleveland Browns (2005) and New Orleans Saints' (2006 preseason) rosters.
After signing with the 49ers as a free agent in 1999, Ledford made his professional game-day debut a year later before experiencing his top season in 2003, which included action in a career-eight games and one start.
Toward the end of his playing days, Ledford initiated his coaching career by spending two seasons with the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe along with TSU offensive coordinator Mike Jones. In 2006, he served as an intern offensive line coach before assuming a positional leadership role as tight ends coach. A year later where he helped the Galaxy to a NFL Europe World Bowl appearance.
Prior to his stint at East Carolina, Ledford was offensive line coach at Sanderson High School in Raleigh in 2007.
Ledford, was a four-year letterwinner at ECU, beginning with his true freshman campaign in 1995 under former head coach Steve Logan. He opened his career on the defensive side of the ball, and after experiencing limited action as a rookie during the Pirates' run to the Liberty Bowl title, he followed by playing in all 22 combined games during his sophomore and junior seasons. Ledford started 11 contests in 1997 and was credited with 26 tackles, 20 coming as solo hits.
He accepted a move to the offensive line prior to spring drills as a senior in 1998 and quickly earned top depth chart standing heading into fall camp. Ledford opened nine of 11 games at left tackle during quarterback David Garrard's freshman season and helped the Pirates to a No. 23 national rank in pass efficiency, a No. 35 standing in pass offense and a No. 43 rating in total offense.
A strong performer in the classroom as well, Ledford earned the program's Jerry T. Brooks Award in 1998, an honor which recognizes outstanding academic achievement among football student-athletes.
Ledford, who earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina in 2000, is married to the former Meredith Cunningham of Marion, N.C.