Tyrone Nix

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Tyrone Nix
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Co-Defensive coordinator
Linebackers coach
Team Middle Tennessee
Conference C-USA
Biographical details
Born (1972-09-30) September 30, 1972 (age 41)
Attalla, Alabama
Alma mater Southern Miss
Playing career
1990–1993 Southern Miss
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995
1996–1999
2000
2001–2004
2005
2006
2007
2008–2011
2012–present
Southern Miss (DT)
Southern Miss (OLB)
Southern Miss (DB)
Southern Miss (DC/ILB)
South Carolina (co-DC/DL)
South Carolina (co-DC/LB)
South Carolina (co-DC/ILB)
Ole Miss (DC/LB)
Middle Tennessee (co-DC/LB)

Tyrone Nix (born September 30, 1972) is the defensive coordinator for the Middle Tennessee football team and the former associate head coach and defensive coordinator for Ole Miss Rebels football, and the former Defensive Coordinator for the South Carolina Gamecocks and Southern Miss Golden Eagles. He is the brother of Derrick Nix, a former Southern Miss star and former Southern Miss assistant coach as well as a former Atlanta Falcons assistant coach in the NFL.

Playing career[edit]

Nix is a former starting linebacker. Following high school at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama, he went to the University of Southern Mississippi and played linebacker from 1990 through 1993. He was named Golden Eagle team captain in 1993. As a freshman, Nix was one of three freshmen to play in the 1990 All-American Bowl.[1] He was also named to the All-South team and National Independent team as both a junior and a senior.[2] In the year 1991, Nix became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., through the Theta Eta Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Coaching career[edit]

University of Southern Mississippi (2001-04)[edit]

In 2001, Nix became the defensive coordinator at Southern Miss at the age of 29, making him the youngest coordinator in Division I-A. By 2003 he was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the nation’s top assistant coaches.

His impact as a defensive coordinator was immediately felt as he led the 2001 Golden Eagle defense, which had lost 7 starters from the previous season, to rankings of 8th in the nation in scoring defense and 11th in the nation in total defense.

In his first three years as defensive coordinator at USM, Coach Nix’s defenses stayed in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense.

University of South Carolina (2005-07)[edit]

Coach Nix began his tenure at South Carolina in 2005 as co-defensive coordinator, sharing the responsibility with his long-time colleague John Thompson. Near the end of that season, impressed by Coach Nix’s coaching prowess, Head Coach Steve Spurrier promoted him to sole defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Prior to his promotion, the Gamecocks were giving up over 27 points per game. After the promotion, and under Coach Nix’s sole guidance, the USC defense held opponents to just 17 points per game.

University of Mississippi (2008-11)[edit]

On December 11, 2007, Nix accepted the job as defensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), to serve under new Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt.

During the 2008 season, Nix had Ole Miss defense ranked among the national leaders in points per game (17.8, 14th in FBS,) yards per game (204.8, 16th in FBS,) and ranked 5th nationally in total rushing yards (1020.)[3] The 2008 defense included firth team All-American DT Peria Jerry and third team DE Greg Hardy. The season was capped off with a 47-34 win over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl and a 8-4 record.

Following the 2009 season, Houston Nutt promoted Nix to the role of assistant head coach[4] after being nominated for the Frank Broyles Award.[5] Upon the hiring of Hugh Freeze as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels on December 6, 2011, after Nutt was fired, Nix was dismissed as well.

Middle Tennessee (2012)[edit]

After interviewing with the Oklahoma Sooners,[6] Nix was named co-defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State on February 22, 2012[7] under Rick Stockstill.

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