Jimmy Brumbaugh enters his second season as the defensive line coach at Louisiana Tech after a highly-successful first year with the Bulldogs.
Brumbaugh, who came to LA Tech after serving as the strength and conditioning coach at LSU in 2006 and 2007 and who helped the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship, made an impact on a young but talented Bulldog front four.
In his first year as defensive line coach at LA Tech, Brumbaugh coached a defensive line corps that was an integral part of the Bulldogs continued improvement on the defensive side of the football.
LA Tech's defense ranked 13th in the country against the run in 2008, allowing only 103.9 yards per game -- the fewest by a Bulldog unit since the program joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1989.
Tech also allowed only 23.7 points per game, the best by a Bulldog team since 1992. The Bulldogs also posted a 21-0 shutout over San Jose State during the season, the first shutout by a LA Tech team since 1996 (a span of 148 games). It was also the first road shutout since 1988 (a span of 225 games).
Defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith anchored the defensive line in 2008 and under Brumbaugh's tutelage earned first team all-WAC and first team all-state honors after ranking second in the league among defensive lineman with 65 tackles (along with five sacks).
Smith was far from a one-man show on the Bulldogs front line as seven different defensive linemen recorded at least one sack, including four newcomers. As a team, Tech registered 27 sacks on the year, the most by a Bulldog team in almost a decade.
Success has followed Brumbaugh wherever he has gone. Before working at LSU, Brumbaugh coached the defensive line at Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2005. He helped lead the Mocs to a winning season, including a victory over 21st-ranked Jacksonville State.
Incidentally, Jacksonville State is where Brumbaugh coached the previous year, helping lead the Gamecocks to their first Ohio Valley Conference title in 2004.
Brumbaugh played on the defensive line at Auburn from 1995-1999, a career that spanned 48 games. He registered 291 career tackles for the Tigers, including 22 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in 1995, was a second team All-SEC selection in 1996 after recording a career-best 80 tackles, then earned first team All-SEC honors as a junior.
After finishing his college career, Brumbaugh signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000 and played professionally in the XFL, AFL and AFL2 before joining the coaching ranks.
Brumbaugh, a native of Gainesville, Fla., completed his degree from Auburn in 2003. He is married to the former Kelly Jones from Daytona Beach, Fla., and the couple has two boys, Nash and Legend.
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