Former LSU standout Corey Raymond has joined the Tiger coaching staff as defensive backs coach, Les Miles announced on Tuesday.
Raymond, a 1992 graduate of LSU, replaces Ron Cooper, who resigned last week to take a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. Raymond takes over a group of defensive backs that features three returning starters, including National Defensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalistsTyrann Mathieu.
"We are happy to bring Corey back to his alma mater, a place where he was a great college player," Miles said. "I feel like Corey is exactly what our secondary needed. He has proven expertise in teaching defensive backs and he will also do a great job mentoring our players. I think he's a perfect fit for our program."
Raymond returns to LSU after spending the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Nebraska. In his one season with the Cornhuskers, Raymond coached a Nebraska secondary that featured the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in Alfonzo Dennard. Despite inheriting a group that lost four starters from the season before, including three NFL Draft picks, Raymond's secondary helped Nebraska rank No. 18 in the nation in pass defense in 2011.
Prior to his one-year stint in Lincoln, Raymond served as the cornerbacks coach for two seasons at Utah State. Raymond's top pupil at Utah State was that of Curtis Marsh, who earned All-WAC honors and later went on to become a third-round pick in the NFL draft.
Raymond served on Miles' LSU staff for three years from 2006-08 before taking the job at Utah State. Raymond was a defensive intern for the Tigers in 2006 and then served as an assistant strength coach in 2007 and 2008.
During his three years on the LSU staff, Raymond was part of two BCS bowl victories, including a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship. LSU's defense ranked No. 3 nationally in both 2006 and 2007 as the Tigers combined to post a 23-4 record during that span.
Prior to joining the LSU staff in 2006, Raymond coached at the high school level for three years in his hometown of New Iberia. Raymond was the defensive coordinator at New Iberia High School in 2003 and then held the same position at Westgate High School in 2004-05.
Raymond was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Tigers from 1989-91. He capped his LSU career with 185 tackles and eight interceptions. Following his career with the Tigers, Raymond spent six seasons in the NFL - three with the Giants and three with the Lions. In 90 games in the NFL, Raymond started 60 times and intercepted 11 passes to go with 258 tackles.
Raymond earned his undergraduate degree from LSU in 1992.
The Raymond File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Feb. 28, 2012)
Birthdate: September 28, 1969 in New Iberia
High School: New Iberia High School
College: LSU, 1992
1992-94 New York Giants
1995-97 Detroit Lions
2003 New Iberia defensive coordinator
2004-05 Westgate defensive coordinator
2006-08 LSU intern, 2006; assistant strength coach, 2007-08
2009-10 Utah State cornerbacks
2011 Nebraska secondary
2012 LSU (defensive backs)
Raymond is new LSU DB coach
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