Tucker Names Diron Reynolds Defensive Line Coach

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State head soccer coach Mel Tucker has named Diron Reynolds as this system’s line of defense coach.

Reynolds, who has greater than 25 years of teaching expertise each on the NFL and Power 5 ranges, beforehand spent the previous seven seasons (2016-22) because the line of defense coach at Stanford. He has coached on a number of championship groups, together with successful a Super Bowl ring with the Colts, and has labored with quite a few All-Americans, NFL Draft picks and All-Pro gamers.

“I’ve identified Diron Reynolds for greater than 15 years – he is the most effective coaches within the enterprise,” mentioned Tucker. “He has a powerful pedigree having labored for a few of the high coaches in all of soccer, together with Tony Dungy, Leslie Frazier, David Shaw and Jim Caldwell, and has coached in each the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff. He additionally has developed gamers on the highest degree, from mentoring future NFL Draft picks to working every day with Pro Bowlers within the NFL. Diron is a household man with nice character who shall be relentless in main and motivating our gamers on and off the sector. I’m thrilled about this rent and may’t wait to begin working with him.”

During his time at Stanford, Reynolds coached 4 NFL Draft picks on the line of defense, together with Solomon Thomas, who was the best defensive participant drafted in class historical past at No. 3 general in 2017 by the San Francisco 49ers. Thomas additionally gained the Pac-12’s Morris Trophy, given to the league’s high lineman, and garnered All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (second staff), USA TODAY (second staff) and Associated Press (third staff).

Reynolds instructed defensive sort out Harrison Phillips all through his Cardinal profession, and the All-American was chosen 96th general by the Buffalo Bills within the third spherical of the 2018 NFL Draft. Phillips led Stanford in tackles with 103, probably the most of any defensive lineman within the nation. Among these 103 tackles had been a team-best 17 for loss and seven.5 sacks, in addition to two pressured fumbles. He was a second-team All-America alternative by the Football Writers Association of America, and the Associated Press voted him third-team All-America. Phillips simply accomplished his fifth season within the NFL.

Reynolds additionally mentored defensive finish Casey Toohill (2020 seventh spherical, No. 233 general, Eagles) and defensive finish Thomas Booker (2022 fifth spherical, No. 150 general, Texans) in Palo Alto.

After initially spending a season as a defensive assistant at Stanford in 2014, Reynolds went to Oklahoma in 2015 to teach the Big 12 Champion Sooners earlier than returning to the Cardinal in 2016. In his lone season in Norman, Reynolds helped OU to a berth within the College Football Playoff whereas teaching first-team All-Big 12 defensive lineman Charles Tapper, who was chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Reynolds’ teaching resume consists of greater than a decade of teaching within the NFL with the Colts (2002-06), Dolphins (2007) and Vikings (2009-13).

His most up-to-date NFL expertise got here below the tutelage of Leslie Frazier with the Vikings. Reynolds spent 5 seasons (2009-13) because the assistant line of defense coach at Minnesota, working with All-Pro defensive linemen Jared Allen and Nick Williams, and his unit helped the Vikings lead the NFL in sacks in 2011 with 50.

Reynolds spent the 2007 season with the Miami Dolphins as a line of defense coach and labored with NFL Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, who had 11 sacks and 16 TFLs that season to earn Pro Bowl honors for the sixth time in his profession.

Reynolds coached the earlier 5 seasons in Indianapolis as a member of Tony Dungy’s teaching workers, the place he served as a defensive high quality management coach when the Colts gained Super Bowl XLI over the Bears. Reynolds labored alongside Colts line of defense coach John Teerlinck because the staff reached the NFL Playoffs every season throughout Reynolds’ five-year tenure in Indianapolis (2002-06). He additionally labored with seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time defensive participant of the yr Dwight Freeney with the Colts.

Prior to teaching within the NFL, Reynolds labored as a defensive tackles coach at Indiana in 2001. His first collegiate teaching expertise got here at his alma mater, Wake Forest, the place he served as a graduate assistant in 1997-98 and out of doors linebackers coach from 1999. -2000

Reynolds started his teaching profession in 1995 at Brookland-Cayce High School the place he served as an assistant coach and energy and conditioning coach.

He earned 4 letters as a linebacker and particular groups contributor at Wake Forest from 1990-93, graduating in 1994 with a bachelor’s diploma in communication. He additionally earned a grasp’s diploma in liberal research from Wake Forest in 1999.

Reynolds, who’s initially from Aiken, South Carolina, is married to Emon and the couple has 4 kids.

The Diron Reynolds File

FAMILY: Wife, Emon, and 4 kids.

PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: Assistant coach at Brookland-Cayce High School (1995-96); Graduate assistant (protection) at Wake Forest (1997-98); Outside linebackers coach at Wake Forest (1999-2000); Defensive tackles coach at Indiana (2001); Defensive high quality management at Indianapolis Colts (2002-06); Defensive line coach at Miami Dolphins (2007); Assistant line of defense coach at Minnesota Vikings (2009-13); Defensive assistant at Stanford (2014); Defensive line coach at Oklahoma (2015); Defensive line coach at Stanford (2016-22).

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s diploma in communication from Wake Forest in 1994; grasp’s diploma in liberal research from Wake Forest in 1999.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Four-year letterwinner (1990-93) as a linebacker at Wake Forest.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player – 1992 Independence Bowl. Coach – 1999 Aloha Bowl, 2002 NFL Playoffs (Wild Card), 2003 NFL Playoffs (AFC Championship Game), 2004 NFL Playoffs (AFC Divisional Round), 2005 NFL Playoffs (AFC Divisional Round), Super Bowl XLI (2006 season), 2009 NFL Playoffs (NFC Championship Game), 2012 NFL Playoffs (Wild Card), 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal on the Orange Bowl, 2016 Sun Bowl, 2017 Alamo Bowl, 2018 Sun Bowl.

DE Charles Tapper, Oklahoma (2016 fourth spherical, No. 101 general, Cowboys)
DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford (2017 first spherical, No. 3 general, 49ers)
DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford (2018 third spherical, No. 96 general, Bills)
DE Casey Toohill, Stanford (2020 seventh spherical, No. 233 general, Eagles)
DE Thomas Booker, Stanford (2022 fifth spherical, No. 150 general, Texans)

ALL-AMERICANS COACHED: DL Solomon Thomas (2016, Stanford), DT Harrison Phillips (2017, Stanford)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-PROS COACHED: DE Jared Allen (Vikings, 2009, 2011), DT Kevin Williams (Vikings, 2009), DE Dwight Freeney (Colts, 2004, 2005)

PRO BOWLER COACHED: DE Jared Allen (Vikings, 2009, 2011, 2012), Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalist; DT Kevin Williams (Vikings, 2009, 2010); DE Jason Taylor (Dolphins, 2007), Pro Football Hall of Fame; DE Dwight Freeney (Colts, 2003, 2004, 2005)

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