Austin comes to the Gators with 19 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the collegiate level and the past seven as an NFL defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-09) and Seattle Seahawks (2003-06). Austin helped lead both Seattle and Arizona into the Super Bowl as NFC Champions.
Austin previously coached alongside Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio at Syracuse and Gator quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler at
"I am pleased to have Teryl join our staff," said head coach Urban Meyer. "Coach Addazio did a great job coordinating our efforts with
Chuck Heater and Dan McCarney to hire Teryl. It was important that we
had some familiarity with Teryl as both Coach Addazio and Coach Loeffler
had worked with him before. He also comes highly recommended from my
close friend Bill Davis, the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals. It
was also important that we hire a coach who is a great teacher, a great
mentor and has the ability to be a great recruiter. Coach Austin has all
of those qualities and beyond that is a good family man."
"I'm excited to join the Gator coaching staff," said Austin.
"I've watched from afar what this program is about – winning
championships with dynamic players and doing things the right way. Now,
I'm honored to be a part of the program and a part of The Gator
Nation. I look forward to getting to work with an outstanding group of
players and a great coaching staff."
Under Austin's tutelage, 2008 first-round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the Cardinals with four interceptions during the
regular season and had two more in the playoffs during Arizona's run
to Super Bowl XLIII.
In 2007, Austin's secondary helped the Cardinals lead the NFL in
interception returns for touchdowns (six) and in return yardage (551).
Cornerbacks Rod Hood and Antrel Rolle each had five interceptions with
Rolle returning three of them for touchdowns and Hood returning two.
Rolle's 231 return yards were good for second in team history, and his
two interception returns for touchdowns against Cincinnati (Nov. 18)
tied an NFL record.
During his tenure in Seattle, Austin was instrumental in the
development of the Seahawks' secondary heavily pieced together through
the NFL Draft, mentoring draft picks Marcus Trufant (first round, 2003),
Ken Hamlin (second round, 2003), Michael Boulware (second round, 2004)
and Kelly Jennings (first round, 2006).
In winning the NFC in 2005 in Seattle, Austin's secondary, despite
missing a combined 19 games due to injury, helped carry the Seahawks to
the Super Bowl. The defensive backfield was led by Boulware, who in only
his second NFL season led the team in interceptions (four) and was
second on the team in tackles (73).
In 2004, Austin coached a group of Seahawks defensive backs that, for
just the second time in team history (1984), had three different players
intercept at least five passes and for the first time since 1984, all
four starters intercepted at least four. Collectively, the Seahawks
ranked third in the NFL with 23 interceptions and collected at least one
pick in all but two games.
Prior to joining the Seahawks in 2003, Austin was an assistant for 12
years at the collegiate level, where he also coached defensive backs. He
began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State
(1991-92) before heading to Wake Forest (1993-95), Syracuse (1996-98)
and Michigan (1999-2002).
While coaching at the college level, Austin found his niche for
developing young NFL-caliber players. At Syracuse, he mentored
All-Americans Donovan Darius and Kevin Abrams. Darius was named the 1997
Big East Conference Player of the Year and went on to become a
first-round NFL Draft pick with fellow defensive back Tebucky Jones –
the first time in Syracuse history that two Orangemen were selected in
the first round. He also coached NFL talents Will Allen (Dolphins) and
Keith Bulluck (Titans) at Syracuse and tutored Marlin Jackson (Colts)
and Cato June (Colts) while at Michigan. As well as developing
individual talents, Austin also helped lead teams to seven consecutive
bowl berths from 1996-2002.
A 1988 graduate of Pittsburgh with a bachelor's degree in
communications, Austin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman
(1984-87) for the Panthers, participating in the 1984 Fiesta and the
1987 Bluebonnet Bowls. After graduating, Austin competed in the training
camps of the Washington Redskins and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before playing
for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football in
1991. Austin and his wife, April, are the parents of five children –
three sons, Tyler, Trey and Torin, and two daughters, Alexa and Alivia.
Teryl Austin Timeline
1991-92 Penn State Graduate Assistant
1993-95 Wake Forest Defensive Backs
1996-98 Syracuse Defensive Backs
1999-2002 Michigan Defensive Backs
2003-06 Seattle Seahawks Defensive Backs
2007-09 Arizona Cardinals Defensive Backs
Austin Named as Defensive Coordinator
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