Monte Kiffin
    Monte  Kiffin

    Assistant Head Coach


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    Monte Kiffin, who is regarded as one of the game's best defensive minds, is in his third year at USC as the assistant head coach after joining the Trojan staff in January of 2010. He has 46 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and NFL levels, having been on the staffs of programs that won 2 national championships and a Super Bowl.

    In 2011, USC improved from the previous year in rushing, total and scoring defense, with the rushing defense (111.4) and sack averages ranking in the national Top 20. USC held 8 of its 12 opponents to 17 points or less.

    He was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee in 2009. The Volunteers were 12th nationally in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense and 22nd in total defense in 2009.

    He spent 26 seasons (1983-2008) in the NFL, including the last 13 of those as the defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he refined and popularized the famous Tampa Cover 2 defense. Eleven of his Buccaneer defenses ranked among the NFL's Top 10 in total defense and scoring defense, a league record. He was a member of the 2002 Super Bowl champions that led the league in total defense, scoring defense and interceptions. Six other Buccaneer squads advanced to the NFC playoffs during his time there.

    His other NFL stops included the Green Bay Packers (1983 coaching the linebackers), Buffalo Bills (1984-85 coaching the linebackers), Minnesota Vikings (1986-89 coaching the linebackers and 1991-94 as defensive coordinator the first year and then handling the inside linebackers), New York Jets (1990 coaching the linebackers) and New Orleans Saints (1995 as the defensive coordinator). During his stints with the Vikings, they led the NFL in total defense in 1988, 1989 and 1994 (they were second in 1992) and advanced to the NFC playoffs 6 times.

    Before going to the NFL, the 71-year-old Kiffin spent 17 seasons at the college level. He began as an assistant for 11 years at Nebraska (1966-76), his alma mater, handing the defensive line the first 7 seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator in 1973 when Tom Osborne took over for Bob Devaney. He was on the staff of Nebraska's 1970 and 1971 national champions. The Cornhuskers played in 9 bowls during his time there, including in his final 8 seasons (1967-74 Sugar, 1969 Sun, 1971-72-73 Orange, 1974 Cotton, 1975 Fiesta, 1976 Bluebonnet).

    He then was the defensive coordinator under Lou Holtz at Arkansas for 3 seasons (1977-79), adding the assistant head coach title his final year there. The Razorbacks led the nation in scoring defense in 1977. Arkansas played in a bowl each season (1978 Orange, 1978 Fiesta, 1980 Sugar).

    He next became the head coach at North Carolina State for 3 seasons (1980-82). He went 16-17, with winning records his last 2 seasons.

    After being the Nebraska high school Player of the Year in 1958 while at Lexington (Neb.) High, he was a two-way tackle at Nebraska (1959-63) and the Cornhuskers played in the 1964 Orange Bowl when he was a senior. He then spent 1965 as a defensive end with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (he sat out the 1964 season with a knee injury).

    He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Nebraska in 1963.

    He was born on Feb. 29, 1940. He and his wife, Robin, have 2 sons, Lane (USC's head coach), 37, and Chris (a defensive assistant at USC in 2010 and now the defensive line coach at Mississippi after previously serving at Arkansas State), 30, and a daughter, Heidi, 43.


    BIRTHDAY: Feb. 29, 1940
    FAMILY: Wife, Robin; Sons, Lane, 37, and Chris, 30; Daughter, Heidi, 43
    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

    1966NebraskaDefensive LineSugar
    1967NebraskaDefensive Line--
    1968NebraskaDefensive Line--
    1969NebraskaDefensive LineSun
    1970NebraskaDefensive LineOrange
    1971NebraskaDefensive LineOrange
    1972NebraskaDefensive LineOrange
    1973NebraskaDefensive Coordinator Cotton
    1974NebraskaDefensive Coordinator Sugar
    1975NebraskaDefensive Coordinator Fiesta
    1976NebraskaDefensive Coordinator Bluebonnet
    1977ArkansasDefensive Coordinator Orange
    1978ArkansasDefensive Coordinator Fiesta
    1979ArkansasAssistant HC/Defensive Coord. Sugar
    1980North Carolina StateHead Coach--
    1981North Carolina StateHead Coach--
    1982North Carolina StateHead Coach--
    1983Green Bay PackersLinebackers--
    1984Buffalo BillsLinebackers--
    1985Buffalo BillsLinebackers--
    1986Minnesota VikingsLinebackers--
    1987Minnesota VikingsLinebackersNFC playoffs
    1988Minnesota VikingsLinebackersNFC playoffs
    1989Minnesota VikingsLinebackersNFC playoffs
    1990New York JetsLinebackers--
    1991Minnesota VikingsDefensive Coordinator--
    1992Minnesota VikingsInside LinebackersNFC playoffs
    1993Minnesota VikingsInside LinebackersNFC playoffs
    1994Minnesota VikingsInside LinebackersNFC playoffs
    1995New Orleans SaintsDefensive Coordinator--
    1996Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive Coordinator--
    1997Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorNFC playoffs
    1998Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive Coordinator--
    1999Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorNFC playoffs
    2000Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorNFC playoffs
    2001Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorNFC playoffs
    2002Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorSuper Bowl
    2003Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive Coordinator--
    2004Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive Coordinator--
    2005Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorNFC playoffs
    2006Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive Coordinator--
    2007Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive CoordinatorNFC playoffs
    2008Tampa Bay BuccaneersDefensive Coordinator--
    2009TennesseeDefensive CoordinatorChick-Fil-A
    2010USCAsst. Head Coach--
    2011USCAsst. Head Coach--
    NFL STARS: John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, Simeon Rice