He's a recruitor, and a recruiting tool.
"You can point to that guy, and say 'Hey, here's a guy from your area, who's been there and done that," Davidson head coach Paul Nichols says of offensive line coach Derham Cato. "He can relate to them."
Cato grew up in Charlotte, and played high school ball at Charlotte Country Day, before heading to Dartmouth for college. He's played professionally in the CFL, and has also coached at Vanderbilt. Now, he's in his first season as the offensive line coach for the Wildcats.
"I'm from Concord, he's from Charlotte," Wildcats left tackle Nelson White says. "Just that connection right there is pretty neat itself."
Cato played defensive line during his playing days, which gives him a different perspective when he coaches the Wildcats offensive linemen.
"It adds another level of understanding," Nichols says. "It really gives our guys a leg up."
Cato's time at Vanderbilt also leads to credibility on the field.
"That's a pretty nice pedigree to learn from," Cato says. "I was a GA (Graduate Assistant) over there, and just to see how they operate on a day-to-day basis really went a long way for me."
Now, living and working in the area he grew up, Cato is recruiting players to Davidson in an effort to win football games.
"I'm selling the same thing in recruiting here [that we did] at Vanderbilt," Cato says. "You're gonna get a world class education, you're gonna play solid football, and you're going to be in an unbelievable location."