Ron Cooper (American football)

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Ron Cooper
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive backs coach
Team South Florida
Biographical details
Born (1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 53)
Huntsville, Alabama
Playing career
1979–1982 Jacksonville State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Appalachian State (GA)
Minnesota (GA)
Austin Peay (assistant)
Murray State (DC)
East Carolina (assistant)
Notre Dame (assistant)
Eastern Michigan
Alabama A&M
Wisconsin (DB)
Mississippi State (DC)
South Carolina (assistant)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DB)
South Florida (DB)
Head coaching record
Overall 45–55
Accomplishments and honors

Ron Cooper (born February 11, 1962) is an American football coach and former player. He presently is the defensive backs coach for the University of South Florida. Cooper served as the head football coach at Eastern Michigan University (1993–1994), the University of Louisville (1995–1997), and Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (1998–2001). He was the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he played high school football at Lee High School and college football at Jacksonville State.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

Cooper was the head football coach at Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Michigan from 1993 to 1994. At Eastern Michigan, his teams produced 9 wins and 13 losses.[2]


From 1995 to 1997 Cooper was the head football coach at Louisville, replacing Howard Schnellenberger. In his final season, the Cardinals posted a 1-10 record. The one win being against Illinois who finished the season with no wins (0-11). His overall record there was 13-20.[3] Cooper was fired after three seasons due a steady decline in the team's performance.

Alabama A&M[edit]

Cooper's last head coaching position was at Alabama A&M from 1998 to 2001. His squad won a division championship in SWAC during the 2000 season[4] but lost the SWAC Championship Game to Grambling on December 12, 2000.[5]

Other coaching duties[edit]

In 2002, Cooper was the secondaries coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[6] and in 2003 the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Mississippi State. Other coaching stops have included the University of South Carolina and the University of Notre Dame. Cooper is an alumnus of Jacksonville State University.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Cooper was hired by the Buccaneers on February 22, 2012 to be the teams defensive backs coach.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (1993–1994)
1993 Eastern Michigan 4–7 3–5 T–7th
1994 Eastern Michigan 5–6 5–4 7th
Eastern Michigan: 9–13 8–9
Louisville Cardinals (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (1995–1997)
1995 Louisville 7–4
1996 Louisville 5–6
1997 Louisville 1–10
Louisville: 13–20
Alabama A&M Bulldogs (NCAA Division I-AA Independent) (1998)
1998 Alabama A&M 5–6
Alabama A&M Bulldogs (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (1999–2001)
1999 Alabama A&M 6–5 3–1 2nd (East)
2000 Alabama A&M 7–5 5–2 T–1st (East)
2001 Alabama A&M 5–6 4–3 4th (East)
Alabama A&M: 23–22 12–6
Total: 45–55
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ McCarter, Mark (January 8, 2012). "Ron Cooper's path to LSU and BCS title game began on fringe of Alabama A&M campus". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, AL: Advance Publications). Retrieved December 5, 2013. Cooper played high school football at Lee, then played for Jacksonville State. 
  2. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Eastern Michigan all time coaching records
  3. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Louisville all time coaching records
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Alabama A&M all time coaching records
  5. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Alabama A&M 2000 season results
  6. ^

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