Ruffin McNeill

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Ruffin McNeill
RuffinMcNeill.jpg
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamEast Carolina
ConferenceConference USA
Record29–22
Biographical details
Born(1958-10-08) October 8, 1958 (age 55)
Playing career
1976–1980East Carolina
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986
1987
1988
1989–1991
1992
1993–1996
1998
1999
2000–2002
2003–2007
2007–2009
2009
2010–present
Clemson (LB)
Austin Peay (LB)
North Alabama (LB)
Appalachian State (LB)
East Carolina (DL)
Appalachian State (DC)
UNLV (assistant)
Fresno State (DL)
Texas Tech (LB)
Texas Tech (LB/asst. HC)
Texas Tech (DC/LB)
Texas Tech (Interim HC)
East Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall30–22
Bowls1–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
 
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Ruffin McNeill
RuffinMcNeill.jpg
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamEast Carolina
ConferenceConference USA
Record29–22
Biographical details
Born(1958-10-08) October 8, 1958 (age 55)
Playing career
1976–1980East Carolina
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986
1987
1988
1989–1991
1992
1993–1996
1998
1999
2000–2002
2003–2007
2007–2009
2009
2010–present
Clemson (LB)
Austin Peay (LB)
North Alabama (LB)
Appalachian State (LB)
East Carolina (DL)
Appalachian State (DC)
UNLV (assistant)
Fresno State (DL)
Texas Tech (LB)
Texas Tech (LB/asst. HC)
Texas Tech (DC/LB)
Texas Tech (Interim HC)
East Carolina
Head coaching record
Overall30–22
Bowls1–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Ruffin McNeill (born October 9, 1958) is the head football coach for the East Carolina Pirates. Before being named head coach, McNeill served the Texas Tech Red Raiders as an interim head coach, assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and linebackers coach. On December 28, 2009, he was named interim head coach of the Red Raiders, following the suspension and later firing of head coach Mike Leach. He served in the position until the hiring of Tommy Tuberville, who subsequently released him as defensive coordinator.[1]

Playing career[edit]

McNeill was a defensive back for the East Carolina Pirates for four years under then head coach Pat Dye. Three of his years at ECU he was a starter and two he served as team captain. In his first year with the Pirates, McNeill helped East Carolina to the 1976 Southern Conference Championship and a berth to the Independence Bowl two years later.

McNeill graduated from East Carolina University in 1980.[2] He later went on to Clemson where he earned a master's degree in counseling.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In addition to coaching at the high school level and spending a summer as an intern with the Miami Dolphins under Jimmy Johnson, McNeill has coached 23 seasons at the college level, including seven seasons at Appalachian State, his first job as defensive coordinator. In total, he has been on the coaching staffs at Clemson, Austin Peay State, North Alabama, Appalachian State, UNLV, Fresno State, and Texas Tech.[3]

Texas Tech[edit]

McNeill began his tenure at Texas Tech in 2000 as a linebackers coach. In 2003, he accepted the role of assistant head coach as well as taking duties of linebackers coach. In 2007, then-defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich stepped down due to "personal reasons"[4] after a 49–45 loss to Oklahoma State in which the Texas Tech defense allowed over 600 yards of total offense and three 100 yard rushers.[5] Head coach Mike Leach named McNeill interim defensive coordinator shortly after with eight games remaining in the season.

On December 28, 2009, Leach was suspended, and fired two days later, by Texas Tech University over the alleged inappropriate treatment of an injured player. McNeill was named interim head coach, and led the team to a 41–31 victory over the Michigan State Spartans in the 2010 Alamo Bowl before being replaced as head coach by Tommy Tuberville.[6][7][8] On January 13, 2010, McNeill was removed from the Texas Tech coaching staff by Tuberville and replaced with James Willis.[9]

Defensive improvements[edit]

With McNeill at the defensive helm, the Red Raiders' defense improved in every defensive category.[5] Under Setencich, Tech ranked seventh in pass defense, ninth in total defense, and tenth in scoring defense in Big 12 Conference play. In nine games with McNeill, Tech improved to first in pass and total defense and fourth in scoring defense.[10] The Red Raiders forced more punts and allowed fewer rushing and passing yards than they did to begin the season.[11] These vast improvements in the defense led Leach to drop the interim tag and make McNeill the full-time defensive coordinator.[11]

East Carolina[edit]

On January 21, 2010 it was announced that Ruffin McNeill would be named head football coach at his alma mater, East Carolina, replacing Skip Holtz, who had recently left for head coaching job at the University of South Florida.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (2009)
2009Texas Tech1–0*0–0T–3rd (South) W Alamo2321
Texas Tech:1–0*Coached bowl game after Mike Leach was fired
East Carolina (Conference USA) (2010–present)
2010East Carolina6–75–3T–2nd (East) L Military
2011East Carolina5–74–43rd (East)
2012East Carolina8–57–1T–1st (East) L New Orleans
2013East Carolina10–36–2T–2nd (East) W Beef 'O' Brady's
East Carolina:29–2222–10
Total:30–22
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stinson, Shawn (2010-01-22). "McNeill lands ECU job". The Robesonian. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ Player Bio: Ruffin McNeill
  3. ^ a b Hubbard, Sharisse (August / September 2008). "Coaches Corner: A Closer Look at Who is Leading the Red Raiders this Year". Red Raider Sports. p. 8 
  4. ^ Texas Tech defensive coordinator Setencich steps down
  5. ^ a b Ruffin McNeill named Defensive Coordinator
  6. ^ "Leach suspended after player complaint". ESPN.com. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Texas Tech fires Leach". ESPN.com. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  8. ^ Evans, Thayer; Thamel, Pete (2009-12-39). "Texas Tech Fires Coach Mike Leach". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  9. ^ New Texas Tech coach fires defensive coordinator McNeill
  10. ^ Chip Brown. "Tech's 'pirate' may have strong wind in his sails in 2008". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  11. ^ a b Ruffin McNeill improved Tech defense, rewarded with D-coordinator position

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