Auburn Names Will Muschamp Defensive Coordinator
Feb. 3, 2006
AUBURN - Will Muschamp, who served as Assistant Head Coach of Defense this past season with the Miami Dolphins, has been named defensive coordinator at Auburn announced head coach Tommy Tuberville Friday. Muschamp, who was a graduate assistant at Auburn from 1995-96, was the defensive coordinator at LSU during its national championship season in 2003.
"Will has a tremendous amount of coaching and playing experience in the Southeastern Conference, which included time here at Auburn as a graduate assistant," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "Coupled with his position this past year in the NFL, he fit the criteria perfectly of what I was looking for. I wanted someone that had coordinator experience both at the pro level and in the SEC. Will was qualified in both areas."
Muschamp, 34, coached at LSU from 2001-04 before moving to the Miami Dolphins in January 2005. Muschamp was the linebacker coach at LSU in 2001 before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2002.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity that Coach Tuberville has given me," Muschamp said. "I appreciate him giving me the chance to return to coach in the Southeastern Conference and at a quality program like Auburn. Coach Tuberville and his staff have done an outstanding job. Auburn has had the tradition of playing great defense, and I'm looking forward to continuing that tradition."
With the Dolphins, Muschamp was the Assistant Head Coach in charge of defense and was responsible for calling the defense on game day. Miami posted a 9-7 record and finished the year with a six-game winning streak. Under Muschamp, the Miami defense was among the league's top 10 in yards per play (4.7, 7th), yards per rush (3.7, 7th) and yards per pass (6.0, 9th) and were second in the NFL in sacks with 49. Two Miami defensive players, LB Zack Thomas and DE Jason Taylor were named to the Pro Bowl, while CB Sam Madison was named an alternate.
In 2004, LSU had the nation's third-ranked defense as it allowed an average of 17.1 points and 256.9 yards per game while finishing fifth nationally in pass defense (157.2 ypg) and seventh in rush defense (99.8 ypg). Muschamp's defense in 2004 had two players earn All-America accolades in defensive end Marcus Spears and cornerback Corey Webster.
In LSU's national championship season of 2003, the Tigers' defense under Muschamp led the nation in both scoring defense (11.0 ppg) and total defense (252.0 ypg). LSU finished the year as the SEC's top-ranked defense in seven different categories, as it set a school record with 44 sacks and seven returns for scores.
In his four seasons on the LSU staff, Muschamp coached four All-America performers including LB Bradie James (2002), DT Chad Lavalais (2003), Webster (2003-04) and Spears (2004).
Muschamp joined the LSU staff after spending one year (2000) as defensive coordinator at Valdosta State. That followed one-year stints as secondary coach at Eastern Kentucky (1999) and West Georgia (1998).
Muschamp was a four-year letterman at Georgia, from 1991-94, where he played safety and was a part of two bowl teams. He served as co-captain of the Bulldogs' defense his senior year. He also earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1993. Muschamp received his master's degree from Auburn in 1996.
A native of Rome, Ga., Muschamp and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Jackson and Whit.
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