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Monte Kiffin
Monte  Kiffin

Position:
Defensive Analyst/Pro Liaison

Birthdate:
02/29/1940

Alma Mater:
Nebraska, '63

10/10/2017

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At FAU
Monte Kiffin, a defensive mastermind who has coached football for more than 50 years, including 20 among the college ranks, comes to Florida Atlantic as a defensive analyst and pro liaison. He will lend his experience and expertise to a program that has been playing college football at the FBS level for less than 10 years. He also brings two NCAA National Championship titles and a Super Bowl crown to the Owls.

Professional Coaching Experience
Kiffin, who was most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars and prior to that the Dallas Cowboys also spent 26 seasons in the National Football League, 13 of which were with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the longest-tenured defensive coordinators in the NFL, and the developer of the Tampa Cover Two defense, Kiffin is generally considered as one of the modern era’s best defensive minds. He was a catalyst for Tampa Bay’s 2002 Super Bowl Championship and coached units that ranked among the NFL’s top 10 in both total defense and points allowed in 11 of his 13 seasons with the Buccaneers.

His Super Bowl champion unit became the first since the 1985 Chicago Bears to lead the league in total defense (252.8 ypg), fewest points allowed (196) and total interceptions (31). Kiffin's crew continued its impressive play in the 2002 postseason, allowing just 16 points in victories over San Francisco and Philadelphia, before turning it up a notch in Super Bowl XXXVII. During the Buccaneers' 48-21 win over Oakland, Tampa Bay recorded a Super Bowl-record five interceptions, including three picks that were returned for touchdowns (also a Super Bowl record). Kiffin's charges added five sacks and allowed only 19 total rushing yards in capping one of the most dominating defensive performances in Super Bowl history.

Collegiate Coaching Experience
In 2009, Kiffin returned to the collegiate ranks at Tennessee where son Lane served as Head Coach. The Volunteers finished the regular-season with a 7-5 record and a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they fell 37-14 to Virginia Tech. In his lone season at Tennessee, the Vols were No. 12 nationally in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense and 22nd in total defense. The Kiffin duo would join forces once again at USC where Monte served as the defensive coordinator to the storied Trojans. The USC defense was ranked in the nation’s top 20, and in 2011, the Trojans held eight of 12 opponents to 17 points or less.

He gained his first coaching experience at Nebraska, following his Cornhusker playing career, under the direction of the legendary Dr. Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney. He has had collegiate coaching stints in the ACC, Big 10, Southwest, and Pac-12. Within the NFL, he coached for the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Personal
Birthday: Feb. 29, 1940
Family: Wife, Robin; Sons, Lane, and Chris; Daughter, Heidi
High School: Lexington (Neb.) HS
Education: Bachelor's degree, physical education, Nebraska, 1963
Playing Experience: Lexington (Neb.) HS; Nebraska, tackle, 1959-63; Winnipeg Blue Bombers, defensive end, 1965

Monte Kiffin File

Year Team Position Bowl
1966 Nebraska Graduate Assistant --
1967 Nebraska Graduate Assistant --
1968 Nebraska Graduate Assistant --
1969 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Sun
1970 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Orange
1971 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Orange
1972 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Orange
1973 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Cotton
1974 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Sugar
1975 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Fiesta
1976 Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Bluebonnet
1977 Arkansas Defensive Coordinator Orange
1978 Arkansas Defensive Coordinator Fiesta
1979 Arkansas Assistant HC/Defensive Coordinator Sugar
1980 North Carolina State Head Coach 6-5
1981 North Carolina State Head Coach 4-7
1982 North Carolina State Head Coach 6-5
1983 Green Bay Packers Linebackers --
1984 Buffalo Bills Linebackers --
1985 Buffalo Bills Linebackers --
1987 Minnesota Vikings Linebackers NFC playoffs
1988 Minnesota Vikings Linebackers NFC playoffs
1989 Minnesota Vikings Linebackers NFC playoffs
1990 New York Jets Linebackers --
1991 Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator --
1992 Minnesota Vikings Inside Linebackers NFC playoffs
1993 Minnesota Vikings Inside Linebackers NFC playoffs
1994 Minnesota Vikings Inside Linebackers NFC playoffs
1995 New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator --
1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator --
1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator NFC playoffs
1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator --
1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator NFC playoffs
2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator NFC playoffs
2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator NFC playoffs
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Super Bowl
2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator --
2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator --
2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator NFC playoffs
2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator --
2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator NFC playoffs
2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator --
2009 Tennessee Defensive Coordinator Chick-Fil-A
2010 USC Defensive Coordinator --
2011 USC Defensive Coordinator --
2012 USC Defensive Coordinator --
2013 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator --
2014 Dallas Cowboys Defense Assistant --
2016 Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Assistant --
2017 Florida Atlantic Defensive Analyst/Pro Liaison
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