Ed Orgeron
    Ed  Orgeron

    Interim Head Coach/Def. Line/Recruiting Coordinator


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    Ed Orgeron, one of the most popular assistant coaches in USC history, is in his fourth year back at Troy as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach after returning to the Trojan staff in January of 2010. He also was the defensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011 and then the assistant head coach starting in 2012. It's his 10th overall season at USC.

    In 2012, Sporting News selected him as the nation's No. 2 recruiter and named him one of the nation's Top 25 recruiters. Defensive end Morgan Breslin was a Hendricks Award finalist, while defensive tackle Leonard Williams was named a Freshman All-American first teamer and the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

    In 2011, he was named the National Recruiter of the Year, ESPNU/ESPN The Magazine named him the top recruiter in college football (and third best in all of collegiate athletics) and ranked him as the second-best recruiter of the previous 10 years (2002-11). USC in 2011 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. Defensive end Nick Perry, who tied for 10th nationally in sacks (tops in the Pac-12), was a 2011 All-Pac-12 first teamer and a finalist for the Hendrick Award before being an NFL first round selection.

    In 2010, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey was an All-Pac-10 first teamer and a third round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

    Orgeron left USC after 7 seasons there to become the head coach at Mississippi for 3 years (2005-07), where he went 10-25.

    He then was the defensive line coach with the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2008 and spent 2009 as Tennessee's assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.

    Orgeron was USC's defensive line coach from 1998 to 2004. He took on the added responsibility of recruiting coordinator in 2001 and then was named assistant head coach in 2003. USC's 2002, 2003 and 2004 recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top 5 (the 2003 and 2004 groups were listed by many as No. 1). He was named the 2004 National Recruiter of the Year by The Sporting News and

    He coached All-American first team defensive linemen Kenechi Udeze (2003), Shaun Cody (2004) and Mike Patterson (2004), all future NFLers. The Trojans led the nation in rushing defense in 2003 behind the highly-regarded "Wild Bunch II" defensive line and were second in 2004. USC won the 2003 and 2004 national championship and played in 5 bowls games when he was on the staff: 1998 Sun Bowl, 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Rose Bowl and 2005 Orange Bowl (BCS Championship Game).

    Orgeron, 51, has 27 years of coaching experience. Before coming to USC, he was Syracuse's defensive line coach for 3 seasons (1995-97) and the Orangemen played in a bowl game each year (1996 Gator, 1996 Liberty and 1997 Fiesta).

    He came to Syracuse from Nicholls State, where he was the linebackers coach in 1994.

    Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Miami for 4 seasons (1989-92), where he coached 8 All-Americans, including NFL first rounders Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp. In 1988, he was a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the defensive line. During his tenure, the Hurricanes won the national championship twice (1989 and 1991), finished second in the AP poll once (1988) and third twice (1990 and 1992) while appearing in 5 New Year's Day bowls (1989 Orange, 1990 Sugar, 1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1993 Sugar).

    Orgeron also was a graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State, his alma mater, in 1984 and McNeese State in 1985, working with the defensive line at both schools, then was an assistant strength coach at Arkansas for 2 years (1986-87). The Razorbacks were in the 1987 Orange Bowl and 1987 Liberty Bowl. He worked in private business in 1993.

    He was a 4-year starting defensive lineman at Northwestern State, captaining the Demons as a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.

    He starred in football, basketball and track at South Lafourche High in Galliano, La.

    Born July 27, 1961, he and his wife, Kelly, have 3 sons, Tyler, 21, and 15-year-old twins Parker and Cody. He played himself in the 2009 Oscar-nominated movie, "The Blind Side."


    BIRTHDAY: July 27, 1961
    FAMILY: Wife, Kelly; Sons, Tyler, 21, Parker and Cody, 15 (twins)
    HIGH SCHOOL: South Lafourche HS, Galliano, La.
    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, liberal arts, Northwestern State, 1984
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: South Lafourche HS, Galliano, La.
    Northwestern State, defensive lineman, 1980-83

    1984Northwestern StateGraduate Assistant --
    1985McNeese StateGraduate Assistant --
    1986ArkansasAssistant Strength Orange
    1987ArkansasAssistant Strength Liberty
    1988MiamiGraduate Assistant Orange
    1989MiamiDefensive LineSugar
    1990MiamiDefensive LineCotton
    1991MiamiDefensive LineOrange
    1992MiamiDefensive LineSugar
    1994Nicholls StateLinebackers--
    1995SyracuseDefensive LineGator
    1996SyracuseDefensive LineLiberty
    1997SyracuseDefensive LineFiesta
    1998USCDefensive LineSun
    1999USCDefensive Line--
    2000USCDefensive Line--
    2001USCDefensive Line/Recruiting CoordinatorLas Vegas
    2002USCDefensive Line/Recruiting CoordinatorOrange
    2003USCAsst. HC/Def. Line/Recruiting Coord.Rose
    2004USCAsst. HC/Def. Line/Recruiting Coord.Orange
    2005MississippiHead Coach--
    2006MississippiHead Coach--
    2007MississippiHead Coach--
    2008New Orleans SaintsDefensive Line--
    2009TennesseeAsst. HC/ Def. Line/Recruiting Coord.Chick-Fil-A
    2010USCDef. Coord./Def. Line/Recruit. Coord.--
    2011USCDef. Coord./Def. Line/Recruit. Coord.--
    2012USCAsst. HC/Def. Line/Recruit. Coord.Sun
    NFL STARS: Warren Sapp, Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland, Sedrick Ellis, Mike Patterson