Tyrone Nix

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Tyrone Nix
Current position
TitleOutside linebackers coach
TeamOle Miss
Biographical details
Born (1972-09-30) September 30, 1972 (age 47)
Attalla, Alabama
Playing career
1990–1993Southern Miss
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995Southern Miss (DT)
1996–1999Southern Miss (OLB)
2000Southern Miss (DB)
2001–2004Southern Miss (DC/ILB)
2005South Carolina Co-DC/DL)
2006-2007South Carolina (DC/ILB
2008–2009Ole Miss (DC/LB)
2010–2011Ole Miss (AHC/DC/LB)
2012–2014Middle Tennessee (co-DC/LB)
2015–2016Middle Tennessee (DC/LB)
2017Texas A&M (defensive analyst)
2018Virginia Tech (S)
2019–presentOle Miss (OLB)

Tyrone Nix (born September 30, 1972) is an American football coach. He is currently the linebackers coach for Ole Miss. He is the former defensive analyst at Texas A&M University, defensive coordinator for the Middle Tennessee football team, 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 the current running back coach at Ole Miss, having formerly been an assistant at Southern Miss and the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.

Playing career[edit]

Nix was 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 through the Theta Eta chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Coaching career[edit]

Southern Miss[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.

South Carolina[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 and had wins over the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee which hadn't happened in over 20 years.

Ole Miss[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 an 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[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. Nix improved the defense tremendously in his first year on the job. He was fired December 28, 2016[8].

Texas A&M[edit]

Nix served as the senior defensive analyst for the Aggies in the 2017 season.


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