Kevin Coyle
Kevin  Coyle

Staten Island, N.Y.


Coaching Career: In his fourth year as the defensive coordinator ... helped the Bulldogs make great strides in three seasons ? coached a defense that produced a league-best three first team All-WAC players, including safety Anthony Limbrick, in 1999 ? among the 1999 defensive highlights were limiting NCAA rushing leader LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU to a season-low 49 yards and holding Rice, the NCAA's seventh ranked rushing team, under 100-yards, the fewest in Ken Hatfield's career ? Fresno State was second in the WAC and 35th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 22.1 points per game ? in 1998, the defense set a school-record low of 23 touchdowns allowed and was one of 16 teams in the country to give up nine or fewer touchdown passes ? allowed only 16.7 points per game ? down from 24.0 ppg in ?97 ? gave up only 19 points in the first quarter the entire season ? nationally, the Bulldogs? scoring defense moved up to 33rd after ranking 54th two years ago ? Fresno State?s turnover margin was 10th, rushing defense was 61st, and pass defense 31st ? the total defense moved up to 51st in 1998 after ranking 66th in ?97 and near the bottom of Division I-A a year prior to his arrival ? his defense racked up 74 sacks the last two years ? also finished second in the WAC for the second straight year in sacks (34) ? joined the Bulldog coaching staff in January, 1997 after spending the previous three seasons as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at University of Maryland ... at Maryland, he oversaw a dramatic improvement in the Terrapins? defense, steadily guiding a program that ranked last nationally in overall defense the year prior to his arrival to a final total defense ranking of No. 29 in 1996 ... prior to his stint at Maryland, he spent three seasons as defensive coordinator at Syracuse, where he coached the linebackers and secondary from 1991-93 ... the Orangemen led the nation in interceptions (24) in 1992 and set a school record for fewest rushing yards allowed (1,007) in an 11-game season ... Syracuse led the Big East in rushing defense for two years, finishing 11th in the country in 1991 and fifth nationally in 1992 ... from 1982-90 he was on the coaching staff at Holy Cross, first serving as outside linebacker coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1986 ... during his five years as coordinator, Holy Cross was the winningest (49-5-1) Division I-AA program in the country, the Crusaders? defense ranked in the top 10 nationally in Division I-AA scoring defense four times ... coached five All-Americans at Holy Cross ... he began his college coaching career at University of Cincinnati, where he was a graduate assistant in 1978 and a part-time assistant in 1979 ... he then spent the 1980 season as a part-time assistant under Lou Holtz at Arkansas before moving to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as defensive coordinator in 1981 ... his bowl participation as a coach includes the 1980 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1993 Fiesta Bowl and the 1999 EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl.

Athletics Career: Was a defensive back at University of Massachusetts, where he played for former Syracuse and New England Patriots? head coach Dick MacPherson ... is a native of Staten Island, N.Y., where he participated in football and wrestling at Monsignor Farrell High School.

Personal: Born Jan. 14, 1956, in Staten Island, N.Y. ... he and his wife, Louise, have a five-year-old daughter, Jenlain ... earned a bachelor?s degree in physical education from University of Massachusetts in 1978 and a master?s degree in education from University of Cincinnati in 1979.

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