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  Dave Huxtable
Dave Huxtable

Player Profile
Position:
Defensive Coordinator

08/13/2012

Pitt Training Camp -- Day 8 Practice Notes & Quotes

Coach Paul Chryst oversaw two practices on Monday.

04/10/2012

Spring Football Insider: Day 13

The Panthers are in their final week of spring drills.

04/03/2012

Spring Football Insider: Day 11

Pitt practiced Tuesday morning at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.

03/31/2012

Spring Football Insider: Day 10

The Panthers scrimmaged for two hours on Saturday morning.

03/20/2012

Spring Practice Insider: Day 4

Paul Chryst held a Tuesday morning practice on the outdoor fields.

Owning an impressive coaching resume that spans three decades, Dave Huxtable enters his first season as defensive coordinator at Pitt.

Huxtable comes to Pittsburgh after serving as linebackers coach at Wisconsin during the 2011 season. While in Madison, he oversaw the development of first-team All-Big Ten performers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. The pair spearheaded a defense that helped the Badgers to the Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth.

Prior to Wisconsin, Huxtable spent seven seasons at the University of Central Florida (2004-10), where he was instrumental in that program becoming a perennial Conference USA title contender. He was the Knights' special teams coordinator and linebackers coach his initial four seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2008.

In his final year at UCF, Huxtable's stingy defense helped the Knights to the finest season in school history with an 11-3 record, the C-USA championship and a 10-6 victory over Georgia in the 2010 Liberty Bowl. UCF ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (17.1 points/game), eighth in rushing defense (108.4 yards/game), 15th in total defense (315.4 yards/game) and 18th in pass efficiency defense (113.0 rating).

Under Huxtable's watch, defensive end Bruce Miller was a two-time C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career as UCF's career sacks leader with 35.5. Miller was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 NFL Draft.

From 2001-03, Huxtable worked at North Carolina, coaching the linebackers each of his three seasons and serving as defensive coordinator his final two years. Huxtable coordinated the Tar Heels' special teams in 2001. His pupils at UNC included a pair of NFL Draft selections in David Thornton and Quincy Monk. Thornton, a former walk-on, emerged as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's most productive defenders en route to All-ACC honors.

Huxtable also worked in the ACC during a six-year stint as linebackers coach at Georgia Tech (1992-97), where he was elevated to defensive coordinator his final two seasons. Under Huxtable's guidance, Keith Brooking finished as the school's career tackles leader (467 stops) and was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons. Huxtable also coordinated the Yellow Jackets' special teams for three years.

Huxtable served two tours at East Carolina (1990-91 and 1998-99), coaching some of the finest teams and players in ECU history. Among his pupils was linebacker Robert Jones, a consensus All-American who went on to be a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys and winner of three Super Bowl rings. Jones starred for the Pirates' 1991 team that went 11-1 and finished with a No. 9 ranking.

Huxtable's other coaching stops include Oklahoma State (2000) and Western Kentucky (1985-89). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State (1982) followed by his first full-time appointment at Independence Community College in Kansas as defensive coordinator (1983-84).

A 1979 graduate of Eastern Illinois with a bachelor's degree in education, Huxtable and his wife Vicki have a son, Jake, and a daughter, Shea.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: December 20, 1956

Hometown: Elgin, Ill.

Alma Mater: Eastern Illinois, 1979

Family: Huxtable and his wife Vicki have a son, Jake, and a daughter, Shea.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

College

Iowa State, 1982, graduate assistant.

Independence (Ks.) Community College, 1983-84, defensive coordinator.

Western Kentucky, 1985-88, linebackers; 1989, defensive coordinator.

East Carolina, 1990-91, linebackers and special teams.

Georgia Tech, 1992-97, linebackers; 1992-94, special teams coordinator; 1996-97, defensive coordinator.

East Carolina, 1998, linebackers; 1999, defensive line.

Oklahoma State, 2000, special teams coordinator & linebackers.

North Carolina, 2001-03, linebackers; 2001 special teams coordinator; 2002-03, defensive coordinator.

UCF, 2004-07, special teams coordinator & linebackers; 2008-10, defensive coordinator.

Wisconsin, 2011, linebackers.

Pittsburgh, 2012, defensive coordinator.

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH

1992 Peach (East Carolina)

1997 Carquest (Georgia Tech)

1999 Mobile (East Carolina)

2001 Peach (North Carolina)

2005 Hawaii (UCF)

2007 Liberty (UCF)

2009 St. Petersburg (UCF)

2010 Liberty (UCF)

2012 Rose (Wisconsin)