UK announces hire of Jimmy Brumbaugh as D-line coach

Kentucky has announced the hiring of Jimmy Brumbaugh as defensive line coach. Here is the release:

Jimmy Brumbaugh named defensive line coach

Former Auburn star defensive lineman joins Stoops’ defensive staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A former All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle at Auburn and a member of LSU’s staff during its national championship run in 2007, Jimmy Brumbaugh has joined Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky as an assistant coach for defensive linemen, Stoops announced Tuesday.

“I think Jimmy will do a tremendous job in player development,” Stoops said. “It’s of major importance to teach defensive line play at the level of expectation that Coach Eliot (defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot) and I have.

“Jimmy comes from the heritage of the legendary Pete Jenkins,” Stoops said. Jenkins was a defensive line coach for decades in the SEC (including Brumbaugh at Auburn), at other colleges and in the National Football League. “When I talked with Jimmy, he blew me away with his organization and plan of how he teaches and develops the defensive line.”

Brumbaugh has impressive credentials as a player and most recently a coach over the past 15-plus years. Brumbaugh’s most recent BCS stop was a two-year stint at Syracuse University, where he coached defensive tackles in 2011 and the defensive line in 2010. While with the Orange, Brumbaugh helped guide the team to an 8-5 record in his first season and a victory in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl over Kansas State.

SU showed drastic improvement in national defensive rankings in 2010 under Brumbaugh, moving from 81st in scoring defense to 17th, and from 37th in total defense to seventh. One of the reasons for the defensive improvement was two-time All-Big East defensive end Chandler Jones, who was drafted 21st overall by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft.

“I’m glad to be part of Coach Stoops’ vision for the Kentucky program,” Brumbaugh said. “Watching his defense this year, and knowing his attention to detail, is exciting.

“I’m glad to be part of the Big Blue Nation. When you think of the tradition of the SEC, and having played at Kentucky (during the 1995 season), I’m glad to be here and have the opportunity to be in this one-of-a-kind league.”

Before his time at Syracuse, Brumbaugh coached the defensive line at Louisiana Tech in 2008 and 2009, helping the Bulldogs to an 8-5 record, including a win over SEC foe Mississippi State and a win in the 2008 Independence Bowl over Northern Illinois. Brumbaugh took over a defensive front that ranked 46th nationally against the rush in 2007 and moved that ranking to 13th at the end of the 2008 season.

Brumbaugh’s defensive front also ranked 45th nationally in sacks in 2008, led by D’Anthony Smith, who was a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer and who ranked second in the league among defensive linemen with 65 tackles. Smith was not the only player who saw success under Brumbaugh in 2008: Eight Bulldog defensive linemen recorded at least one sack. Overall, Louisiana Tech earned 27 sacks in 2008, the most by a Bulldog team in nearly a decade. Tech also recorded a 21-0 shutout win against San Jose State in 2008. It was the school’s first shutout since 1996, spanning 148 games.

The native of Keystone Heights, Fla., is  knownnot only for his coaching of defensive fronts but for his knowledge of strength and conditioning. Brumbaugh worked two seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU in 2006 and 2007, when the Tigers won the 2007 national championship and a Sugar Bowl victory after the ’06 season. While with the Tigers, Brumbaugh helped produce NFL-ready talent, helping 12 players get drafted, including five first-round picks.

Before his stop at LSU, Brumbaugh got his first coaching role at Jacksonville State as a student assistant coach, guiding the Gamecocks to the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championship and a 9-2 record. He spent the 2005 season at Tennessee-Chattanooga as the defensive line coach before going to LSU.

Brumbaugh recently completed a one-year term at East Mississippi Community College, where he was in charge of the defensive line and was the strength and conditioning coordinator. Brumbaugh helped lead the Lions to a top-10 national ranking with an 8-2 record en route to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division championship. Brumbaugh’s defensive line had a solid season, collecting a combined 224 tackles, including 44.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks and seven fumbles forced. For the season, the EMCC defense allowed just 74.5 rushing yards per game and only 15.3 points a game.

Before moving into the coaching ranks, Brumbaugh had a fantastic career as a player at Auburn and spent some time in professional football. At Auburn, Brumbaugh started 44 of his 48 career games, recording 291 tackles and 15 sacks as a nose tackle and defensive tackle. Brumbaugh was named Freshman All-SEC in 1995, second-team All-SEC in 1996 and first-team All-SEC in 1997. During his time at Auburn, Brumbaugh helped the team earn the 1997 SEC Western Division championship and won the 1997 Peach Bowl and 1996 Independence Bowl. Auburn played in the Outback Bowl after his freshman season.

After his collegiate career ended, Brumbaugh signed a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000, although most of his professional playing career was spent in the XFL with the Birmingham Bolts and in arena football with the Georgia Force and the Birmingham Steel Dogs.

Brumbaugh graduated from Auburn University with a degree in health and human performance. He is married to the former Kelly Jones. They have two sons, Legend and Nash.

Jimmy Brumbaugh’s coaching history

Year    School                                              Position

2004    Jacksonville State                             student assistant/defensive line coach

2005    Tennessee-Chattanooga                  defensive line coach

2006    LSU Asst.                                           strength and conditioning coordinator

2007    LSU                                                     assistant strength and conditioning coordinator

2008    Louisiana Tech                                 defensive line coach

2009    Louisiana Tech                                 defensive line coach

2010    Syracuse                                           defensive line coach

2011    Syracuse                                           defensive tackles coach

2012    East Mississippi Comm. College    defensive line/strength and conditioning coordinator

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