|Title:||Assistant Football Coach|
Having coached at the NCAA level for the past eight seasons, former Auburn University All-SEC defensive lineman Jimmy Brumbaugh has joined Buddy Stephens’ East Mississippi Community College football coaching staff. Along with working with the Lions’ defensive linemen, Brumbaugh coordinates EMCC’s strength and conditioning program.
Most recently, Brumbaugh spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse University, where he helped tutor two-time All-BIG EAST defensive end Chandler Jones. In Brumbaugh’s first year with the Orange as the team’s defensive line coach, SU improved dramatically among the NCAA’s statistical rankings in several defensive categories during an 8-5 campaign that concluded with a victory over Kansas State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Most notably, the 2010 Orange ballclub improved from 81st nationally to 17th in scoring defense and from 37th to seventh in total defense.
Prior to making the move to the BIG EAST Conference, Brumbaugh spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the defensive line coach at Louisiana Tech University. In Brumbaugh’s first year with the Bulldogs, Louisiana Tech ranked 13th nationally in rushing defense, allowing an average of only 103.9 rushing yards per game and capping the 2008 campaign with a win over Northern Illinois in the Independence Bowl. Brumbaugh also helped mentor two-time All-Western Athletic Conference defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, who was a third-round draft pick in 2010 by the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brumbaugh’s knowledge of the strength and conditioning aspects of collegiate football came primarily during his two-year association with the LSU Tigers. As the staff’s assistant strength and conditioning coordinator, Brumbaugh assisted in all phases of LSU’s highly regarded strength and conditioning program and was a member of the Tigers’ 2007 National Championship football staff.
Following a five-year career in professional football, Brumbaugh’s collegiate coaching career began with one-year stops at Tennessee-Chattanooga (2005) and Jacksonville State (2004). His winning reputation started in 2004 as a student assistant coach when the JSU Gamecocks won the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks in 2004, Brumbaugh played in the XFL with the Birmingham Bolts before spending time with the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League and with the AF2’s Birmingham Steel Dogs. His professional playing career began in 2000 after signing a free agent contract with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
Having started 44 of 48 career games for the Auburn Tigers from 1995 through 1999, Brumbaugh was credited with 291 career tackles, including 15 quarterback sacks, while playing nose tackle early in his collegiate career and switching to defensive tackle as an upperclassman. After earning Freshman All-SEC honors in 1995, Brumbaugh made All-SEC Second Team as a sophomore and All-SEC First Team the following year after recording 80 and 78 tackles, respectively. However, his junior season ended prematurely due to an injury. After being granted a medical hardship in 1998 due to complications following knee surgery, Brumbaugh started 11 games at defensive tackle during his comeback season. He was a member of three bowl teams during his Auburn career.
Brumbaugh’s bachelor’s degree from Auburn was in health and human performance. A former three-time all-state defensive lineman at Keystone Heights (Fla.) High School, Brumbaugh is married to the former Kelly Jones of Daytona Beach, Fla., and they are the parents of two sons, Legend and Nash.