|Date of birth:||March 3, 1965|
|Place of birth:||Sharon, Pennsylvania|
|High school:||Sharon (PA)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
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. 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. 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 16, 2014, it was announced that Austin had been hired as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.
- "Nittany Lions Well-Represented on Super Bowl XLIII Teams," Penn State Department of Sports Information (January 21, 2009). Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- Robbie Andreu, "UF makes Austin hire official," Gainesville Sun (February 12, 2010). Retrieved February 12, 2010.