Louisiana native Terry Joseph has joined the Texas A&M football staff as secondary coach after two seasons at the University of Nebraska.
From New Orleans originally, Joseph coached at two high schools in the state of Louisiana for seven years before moving on to serve collegiate stints at Louisiana State, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and Nebraska.
“I’ve followed Terry’s career for many years and I think he’s done a great job building defensive secondaries everywhere he’s been,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Terry fits in well with our staff and he’s a tremendous recruiter. He has deep ties to the state of Louisiana, which is a very important recruiting area to our program. I’m happy to be able to get Terry to Texas A&M."
In his two seasons on coach Bo Pelini’s staff at Nebraska from 2012-13, the Cornhusker secondary ranked among the best in the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
In 2012, the Cornhuskers led the Football Bowl Subdivision in pass defense and ranked No. 2 in pass efficiency defense. During the 2012 regular season, Joseph’s secondary unit held opponents under 50.0 completion percentage. In 2013, the Cornhuskers again ranked among the nation’s stingiest. NU allowed just 54.1 completion percentage and the 210 completions allowed were the fewest in the Big Ten. In his two years in Lincoln, Joseph saw multiple players earn All-Big Ten honors, including two-time first-team pick Ciante Evans.
Before Nebraska, Joseph spent two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Tennessee, where he also served as the recruiting coordinator. Joseph helped the UT defense rank among the nation's top pass defenses in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, the Vols finished 12th nationally in passing yards allowed with an average of just 177.8 yards per game. Joseph oversaw a young defensive backfield, including true freshman Brian Randolph, who earned SEC all-freshman honors in 2011.
In Joseph’s first season in Knoxville in 2010, Joseph helped the Vols rank in the top 20 in the nation with 18 interceptions, and the group played a key role in a late-season run that earned Tennessee a trip to the Music City Bowl. Safety Janzen Jackson and cornerback Prentiss Waggner each earned second-team All-SEC honors. Waggner returned three interceptions for touchdowns to set a school record.
Joseph joined the Tennessee staff after three seasons at Louisiana Tech from 2007 to 2009, where he also served as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. Joseph played a key role in a defensive turnaround at Louisiana Tech.
The highlight of Joseph’s stint at Louisiana Tech came in 2008, when the Bulldogs finished second in the Western Athletic Conference and earned their first bowl trip in seven seasons. Tech completed an 8-5 season with a 17-10 victory over Northern Illinois in the Independence Bowl. Joseph also coordinated Tech’s recruiting efforts, and the 2009 class was ranked second in the WAC. Joseph was ranked as one of the top five recruiters in a non-BCS conference by Rivals.com.
Joseph worked alongside Pelini as a defensive graduate assistant at LSU in 2006. During his one season in Baton Rouge, Joseph helped the Tiger defense rank third nationally in total defense, and LSU finished the year with a Sugar Bowl victory over Notre Dame.
Joseph began his coaching career in the Louisiana prep ranks, working as an assistant at two New Orleans area schools. Joseph worked at Archbishop Shaw from 1999 through 2002, and served as defensive coordinator at Destrehan High School from 2003 to 2005.
Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State in 1996. He was a baseball standout at the school, and is one of only 12 players in Southland Conference history to earn first-team all-conference honors three straight seasons. Joseph was the conference player of the year in 1995, when he was coached by current University of Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American with the Demons, Joseph owned 10 school records when he completed his collegiate baseball career.
Joseph was a 13th-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs and played four seasons in the minor leagues with the Cubs and San Diego Padres.
Joseph and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of two daughters, Taylor and Lynleigh.
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Education: Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State (La.) (1996)
2012-13 Nebraska, Secondary Coach
2013 Gator (Nebraska)
2012 Capital One (Nebraska)
2010 Music City (Tennessee)
2008 Independence (Louisiana Tech)
2006 Sugar (LSU)