Kimbrough Returns to WMU

Fifteen years ago quarterback Tony Kimbrough led Western Michigan University to a Mid-American Conference championship and a postseason bowl berth. On Wednesday, Kimbrough was named tight ends coach at Western Michigan with the goal of helping the Broncos achieve similar success.

Kimbrough replaces Guy Holliday, who left WMU Jan. 17 to become receivers coach at Mississippi State.

"Tony has excelled on the field as a player and coach at different levels, from high school to the pros," said WMU Head Coach Gary Darnell. "He understands the value of teaching and will teach the team what it means to win and to be a Bronco."

Kimbrough most recently served as a volunteer coach with the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League. Prior to that assignment, he spent two seasons as director of player personnel and offensive coordinator for the AFL's Buffalo Destroyers. His 2001 unit ranked third in AFL passing offense and sixth in total offense. In 2000, he helped guide the Destroyers to the playoffs after an 0-8 start.

From 1998-2002, Kimbrough served as offensive coordinator at Creston High School. The 1999 team advanced to the Michigan state finals and the 2000 squad reached the district finals.

Kimbrough played nine professional seasons, spending four years north of the border in Canada with the B.C. Lions (1991-92) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1989-91). He then moved on to the AFL, playing two years with the Charlotte Rage (1993-94) and two successful seasons with the San Jose Saber Cats (1995-96), where he compiled 4,844 yards and 80 touchdown passes.

Kimbrough started his coaching career at San Jose in 1997 as quarterbacks coach, orchestrating the fifth-best passing offense in the league, before returning to the gridiron with the Buffalo Destroyers in 1999 — his last professional season.

A Detroit native, Kimbrough (DOB: 1-20-64) played two seasons at WMU (1987-88), earning the Vern Smith Award as the Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player his senior season. Kimbrough was inducted into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and still ranks seventh in all-time total offense (4,055). He threw for 366 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 1988 California Raisin Bowl, earning MVP honors in the process.

Kimbrough received a bachelor's degree in sociology from WMU in 1989.

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