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Jim Jeffcoat
Position: Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
Alma Mater: Arizona State '82
Experience: 1st Year
Email: Jim.Jeffcoat@Colorado.EDU
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Jim Jeffcoat is in his second year at the University of Colorado, joining new head coach Mike MacIntyre’s staff on January 1, 2013.  He now coaches the defensive tackles, after coaching both the defensive ends and tackles in his first season in Boulder.

Jeffcoat, 53, came to CU from San Jose State, where he coached the defensive line under MacIntyre for two seasons.  In addition to his coaching acumen, he also brings over two decades of experience as a player and coach in the National Football League to the Buffalo coaching staff.

In 2012, he coached a Spartan defensive line in which all four starters accounted for 35 total sacks, led by 13 from the Western Athletic Conference player of the year, Travis Johnson; each player ranked in the nation’s top 100, making San Jose State the only school to have four linemen to accomplish that feat.   Along with Florida State, they were the only two schools to have all four linemen garner All-Conference honors.  He made an immediate impact in his first year at San Jose, coaching Johnson to first-team All-WAC status and Travis Raciti to become one of the top defensive freshmen in the league.

Jeffcoat joined SJSU in March 2011 after coaching the defensive linemen at the University of Houston for the 2008 through 2010 seasons, where he coached three players, Phil Hunt, Tyrell Graham and Jake Ebner to All-Conference USA accolades.

He was a first round draft selection by Dallas in the 1983 (the 23rd overall pick), and he went on to enjoy a 15-year career with the Cowboys (1983-94) and the Buffalo Bills (1995-97).  One of the league's most durable, reliable, productive and consistent defensive linemen, he played in 227 games in the league, one of the top 50 numbers in NFL history.  He concluded his career with 102½ quarterback sacks (still among the top 25 all-time), two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns, one of which covered 65 yards in a 28-21 win over the New York Giants in 1985.

During his time in professional football that spanned 22 years as a player and coach, he went to the playoffs 11 times: eight times as a player and three times as a coach, nine times with Dallas and twice with Buffalo.  He was a member of Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII champion teams with Dallas (1992, 1993 seasons).  Ironically, he concluded his career with the team that Dallas defeated twice to win the world championship.

After retiring from playing professionally, Jeffcoat turned his eye toward coaching and returned to Dallas and began his career as a defensive line assistant with the Cowboys under head coach Chan Gailey in 1998.  When Dave Campo was named head coach in 2000, Jeffcoat was promoted to the defensive end coach, a position he would hold the next five seasons, the last two under head coach Bill Parcells.  That is when he first crossed paths with MacIntyre, who was on Parcells’ staff those same two years.

He graduated from Arizona State with a bachelor’s degree in Communication in 1982.  A three-year starter at defensive end, he was the force behind the Sun Devils’ No. 1 ranked defense in the NCAA as a senior, which allowed a paltry 228.9 yards per game in 1982.  He recorded 95 tackles that season, earning first-team All-Pac 10 and honorable mention All-America honors.  He was the defensive player of the game in ASU’s 32-21 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, posting a dominant performance against the Sooners which would land him in the bowl’s Hall of Fame in 1991.  He went on to play in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior bowl, and Arizona State inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Jeffcoat has long been active in community service.  In 1991, the New Jersey Sportswriters Association bestowed upon him its Unsung Hero Award for community service; in 2000, he and his Cowboys defensive players participated in the team's "Lineman Weigh-In" sponsored by Campbell Soup that resulted in a donation of 21,064 cans of soup to The Salvation Army Irving Corps Community Center and the Faith Mission Food Bank in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He was also the 2012 recipient of the Believing in Youth Award, presented by the Santa Fe Youth Services of Fort Worth, Texas.

He was born April 1, 1961 in Long Branch, N.J., and graduated from Matawan (N.J.) Regional High School, where he lettered in football, wrestling and track.  He is married to the former Tamara Young, and the couple has five children, Jaren (29), twins Jackson and Jacqueline (23), Jasmine (15) and Quinton (13).  Jaren lettered four years in basketball at Norwich University; Jackson lettered four seasons at defensive end at the University of Texas, and was the recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top DE; and Jacqueline is a senior on the Texas State women's basketball team.

RECORD—He has coached in 76 Division I-A (FBS) games as a full-time coach, including three bowl games (2008 Armed Forces, 2009 Armed Forces, 2012 Military).  In the NFL, he coached in 112 regular season and three playoff games.



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