Tommy  Thigpen

Tommy Thigpen

Linebackers Coach

Alma Mater:
North Carolina '93


Education: North Carolina 1993
Family: Wife Jacinda; Children Asia and Naja

» 2013-present: Tennessee, linebackers
» 2012: Auburn, linebackers
» 2009-11: Auburn, safeties
» 2005-08: North Carolina, linebackers
» 2004: Illinois, linebackers
» 2003: Illinois, cornerbacks
» 2001-02: Bowling Green, cornerbacks, special teams
» 2000: Tennessee State, linebackers
» 1998-99: North Carolina, GA

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  • Coached and played in seven bowl games in his career including Vols 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Championship team
  • Spent 2009-12 seasons in the SEC at Auburn, winning the 2010 season BCS Championship
  • Mentored All-SEC performer Curt Maggitt in 2014, as he had 11 sacks, the most by a Vol since John Henderson in 2000
  • Was named the National Recruiter of the Year by in 2013 after helping to sign the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation
  • In his first season with the Vols, helped LB A.J. Johnson earned AP and Coaches First Team All-SEC honors, the first Vol LB to do so since Jerod Mayo in 2007
  • Worked as Tigers' linebackers coach in 2012 after serving as safeties coach from 2009-11
  • Helped Auburn to ninth-best rushing defense in the NCAA in 2010 (109.1 yards per game)
  • Came to Auburn after working four seasons at his alma mater, North Carolina from 2005-08, where he was the Tar Heels' linebackers coach
  • Named one of the nation's Top 25 recruiters by in 2007
  • Coached at Illinois for two seasons as linebackers coach in 2004 and cornerbacks coach in 2003
  • Spent 2001 and 2002 at Bowling Green as the Falcons cornerbacks and special teams coach
  • First full-time coaching job came as linebackers coach at Tennessee State in 2000
  • Served as a graduate assistant at North Carolina from 1998-99
  • After an All-ACC career at UNC, was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 1993 draft
  • Also played for the Barcelona Dragons in the World League of American Football in 1995-96
  • Won four letters as a linebacker with UNC and served as team captain as a senior in 1992
  • Thigpen and his wife, Jacinda, have two children, Asia (8) and Naja (3)



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