Larry Mac Duff Named Texas' New Co-DC

Texas head coach Mack Brown announced on Sunday that the search for a new co-DC is over and 49ers special teams coordinator Larry Mac Duff will take over the assistant head coach position.

Larry Mac Duff, a 30-year coaching veteran who has coordinated successful defenses and special teams units at both the collegiate and NFL levels, has been named assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator and will coach linebackers at The University of Texas, Longhorns head coach Mack Brown announced Sunday. Mac Duff replaces Gene Chizik who accepted the head coaching position at Iowa State in December after two seasons at UT.

"We are very excited about Larry joining our staff," Brown said. "He brings a lifetime of success as a defensive and special teams coordinator, as well as a linebackers coach at the high school, college and NFL levels. Not only has he coached at every level, but he also has a wealth of experience coaching in everything from top college bowl games to the Super Bowl."

Mac Duff comes to Texas after spending the last four seasons as special teams coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.

"This is a really unique opportunity for me that I couldn't pass up," Mac Duff said. "I enjoyed working with the 49ers, but with the chance to work at Texas with Coach Brown, the staff and players, it was really exciting.

"I have great respect for The University of Texas and its football program. The great winning tradition Coach Brown, his staff and the players have established over the last several years is really impressive and something I'm thrilled to be a part of. I've really enjoyed watching them play and been very impressed with everything they've accomplished."

Mac Duff joining the Longhorn staff will reunite him with UT's co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina. The two worked together at the University of Arizona for 10 seasons (1987-96) and also at the University of Hawaii for two seasons (1984-85).

"I've known Larry for probably 20-plus years and he's just a great teacher," Akina said. "His resume speaks for itself. He's been involved in some of the top defenses in the country, and some of those records from back when we were in the 'Desert Swarm' still stand today. He's been with the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, he's been with the San Francisco 49ers, and he's got a great reputation as a football coach and teacher, and he's a great communicator. I think we're fortunate to get a coach of his stature. I'm excited about it. He's a good friend and an outstanding football coach."

"I had the chance to work with Duane two times before, at Hawaii and Arizona, and I'm looking forward to working with him again," Mac Duff said. "He's an outstanding football coach who is doing a great job at Texas."

At Hawaii and Arizona, Mac Duff and Akina also served as assistants under then-head coach Dick Tomey, who is currently the head coach at San Jose State and was assistant head coach and defensive ends coach at Texas in 2004.

"I just think it's great for Texas, great for Larry, great for Duane, great for Coach Brown, and I think it will be a dynamite combination," Tomey said. "I worked with Larry at Hawaii, at Arizona, at the 49ers, and there's no finer defensive coach or special teams coach in the country. I saw him coach as a high school coach, and his style on the field hasn't changed in 30-something years. He's fully of energy and enthusiasm, and he's highly-organized and aggressive. I think the players at Texas will love him, and I think he'll be a great compliment to Duane Akina."

Under Mac Duff, the 49ers special teams units have performed and placed favorably in several team categories, including the sixth-ranked punting unit in the NFL in 2006. Meanwhile, K Joe Nedney has been one of the top kickers in the league, connecting on 29-of-35 field goals in 2006 after making 26-of-28 in 2005.

"Larry and I have had a long history together starting at Stanford in the 1980s," said San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan. "He is one of the coaches I kept from the previous staff when I first got hired with the 49ers. Larry has done an outstanding job in San Francisco. Special teams have been a consistent area for us over the past two years. Larry has laid a solid foundation and blueprint for our next special teams coach to follow. I know it was a difficult decision for him, but this was a great opportunity. I wish him the best in his new endeavor. I think Texas has hired an outstanding coach."

Mac Duff joined the 49ers after two stints at Arizona where he served as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator for a total of 12 seasons.

In between stops at Tucson, Mac Duff spent four seasons as the special teams coach for the New York Giants from 1997-00. Under Mac Duff, the Giants led the NFL in field goal defense in 1999 and 2000 and paced the NFC in punt returns in 1999. KR Ron Dixon became the first player in NFL history to return two postseason kickoffs for touchdowns during the Giants Super Bowl run in 2000. The Giants went on to capture two NFC East Championships in Mac Duff's tenure.

Mac Duff's first stop in Arizona set defensive standards in the early 1990's. The Wildcats' 'Desert Swarm' unit led the nation in scoring defense in 1992, allowing only 8.9 points per game, and finished second in total defense. The impressive display was repeated in 1993 when the Wildcats led the nation in rushing defense while allowing a conference-record of only 30.1 yards per game. Arizona finished among the top 10 defenses for four consecutive seasons spanning from 1992-95. Mac Duff has stayed true to his coaching philosophies on both defense and special teams, maintaining the same teaching methods no matter what side of the ball he is directing.

After a decade coaching in the high school and junior college ranks, Mac Duff joined Stanford as defensive line coach in 1980. He moved west to Hawaii in 1984 to run the defensive line and special teams. Under Mac Duff's tutelage, Hawaii produced its first Division I first-team All-American in defensive tackle Al Noga.

An All-America defensive end at Fullerton (CA) Junior College, Mac Duff helped his team earn a national title in 1967. He moved on to Oklahoma in 1968 where he played linebacker for the Sooners, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1970. He later earned a master's degree in physical education from Cal-State Fullerton in 1972. Mac Duff prepped at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif., where he lettered in football and baseball.

Born in Clinton, Iowa, Mac Duff and his wife, Barbie, have one son, Justin.

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