Teryl Austin

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Teryl Austin
Current position
Title Defensive Coordinator
Team Detroit Lions
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-03-03) March 3, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Sharon, Pennsylvania
Team(s) as a player
University of Pittsburgh
Montreal Machine
Position(s) Defensive back
Team(s) as a coach/administrator








Penn State University
(graduate assistant)
Wake Forest University
(defensive backs)
Syracuse University
(defensive assistant)
University of Michigan
(defensive assistant)
Seattle Seahawks
(defensive backs)
Arizona Cardinals
(defensive backs)
University of Florida
(defensive coordinator)
Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions
(defensive coordinator)

Teryl Austin (born March 3, 1965) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. Austin also served a single season as the Florida Gators defensive coordinator.


Austin was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1987, where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter. He played in the 1984 Fiesta Bowl and the 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl. Austin played one season with the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football in 1991.

Austin then began a career in coaching, landing a position as a graduate assistant at Penn State in 1991. In 1993, he accompanied fellow Penn State assistant Jim Caldwell to Wake Forest where he served as secondary coach.[1] Austin went on to serve on the coaching staffs at Syracuse and Michigan before joining the Seattle Seahawks' staff in 2003, helping Seattle advance to Super Bowl XL in 2006.

He joined the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff as coach of defensive backs in 2007. He helped the team reach Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.

On February 12, 2010, it was announced that Austin had been hired as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators.[2] His tenure as defensive coordinator ended following the Gators' 37–24 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2011 Outback Bowl, and head coach Urban Meyer's resignation in December 2010.

On January 26, 2011, it was announced that Austin had been hired as the secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL, and helped lead them to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

On January 16, 2014, it was announced that Austin had been hired as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions of the NFL.


  1. ^ "Nittany Lions Well-Represented on Super Bowl XLIII Teams," Penn State Department of Sports Information (January 21, 2009). Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Robbie Andreu, "UF makes Austin hire official," Gainesville Sun (February 12, 2010). Retrieved February 12, 2010.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gunther Cunningham
Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by