Mallory, Peveto tabbed Co-Coordinators

LSU made it official on Monday as Doug Mallory and Bradley Dale Peveto have been promoted to co-defensive coordinators for the Tigers, head coach Les Miles announced.

Miles also announced that Joe Robinson has joined the LSU staff as special teams coordinator and defensive line assistant, coaching specifically the defensive tackles and nose guards for the Tigers.

Robinson, a 1985 graduate of LSU, returns to Baton Rouge after serving as special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach at Arizona for four years. Robinson will take over the role of special teams coordinator from Peveto, who will now focus strictly on defense.

"Joe is a great addition to our staff," Miles said. "He's an LSU graduate who also coached high school football here in the state. He has a great reputation in the state of Louisiana.

"Joe brings a wealth of knowledge in both special teams and in defensive line play. He's excelled at every coaching stop that he's made and he's also an exceptional recruiter, especially in the South. He's a great fit for us."

Mallory and Peveto both enter their fourth year with the Tigers in 2008. Mallory will continue to coach the LSU defensive backs, while Peveto will continue his roll as the teams' linebackers coach. Mallory and Peveto assume the roll that was vacated when Bo Pelini departed to take the head coaching job at Nebraska.

In three years on the Tiger staff, Mallory and Peveto have been a part of the best stretch of football in school history with 34 victories and a national championship and a Southeastern Conference title.

Both Mallory and Peveto have each served as defensive coordinators during their coaching career. Mallory held that position at Western Kentucky in 1992-93, while Peveto served the same role in stops at Northwestern State, Houston and Middle Tennessee.

Miles said that Mallory will make the defensive calls from the press box, while Peveto will administer the game from the sidelines.

"Doug and Bradley Dale have both been on staff here for three years and have helped mold our defense into one of the top units in the nation," Miles said. "Both of these guys come from great football backgrounds and have tremendous knowledge for the game. We plan on splitting up the coordinator responsibilities between them."

In three years with the Tigers, Mallory and Peveto have been instrumental in helping LSU rank as one of the nation's top defenses. Since the 2005 season, the Tigers have ranked among the top three in the nation in total defense each year, including a No. 3 rating during the 2007 national championship campaign.

Individually, Mallory has coached some of the top defensive backs in school history. In 2006, safety LaRon Landry earned first team All-America honors and went on to become the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. This past season, safety Craig Steltz was also a first team All-America and is expected to be a high NFL draft pick.

As a unit in 2007, the Tigers ranked fourth in the nation in interceptions with 23 passes.

As LSU's linebackers coach, Peveto helped develop Ali Highsmith and Darry Beckwith into two of the best at their position in school history. Highsmith, a first team All-American in 2007, capped his LSU career with over 250 tackles and 25 tackles for losses. Beckwith, who will be a senior in 2008, earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior.

"One of the keys to making this move is that it allows us to continue to run the same defense and it's a way to reward two guys who have been on the defensive side of the ball with me the longest," Miles said. "They are both deserving of this promotion."

Robinson returns to Louisiana after a high school and collegiate career that has seen him serve as a football coach in this state for seven years, four of which were spent with Louisiana Tech. Robinson got his start in coaching serving as an assistant at Catholic High School of Point Coupee in 1986. He was promoted to head coach in 1987.

Robinson spent the 1988 season as the defensive coordinator at Bastrop High School before spending the next three years at Louisiana Tech. Robinson followed that stop with eight years at Southern Mississippi as well as stints as the special teams coordinator at Houston in 2002 and Central Florida in 2003.

Robinson brings a great deal of expertise in the area of special teams to the Tigers. During his career, he's been a part of some of the nation's most productive special teams units, which includes leading the nation in kick return average at Southern Miss in 1997, ranking second in the nation in net punting at Central Florida in 2003, and having the nation's top-rated punter at Central Florida in 2003. In addition, Central Florida led the country in blocked kicks in 2003 with seven, four punts and three field goals.

As a defensive coach, Robinson assisted with a 1994 Southern Miss unit that led the nation in turnovers gained. Robinson has coached in four bowl games during his career.

A native of Abilene, Texas, Robinson earned his Bachelor's degree from LSU in 1985 followed by a Master's degree from Southern Mississippi in 1994. Robinson and his wife Abby have three daughters.

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