Jimmy Brumbaugh joined the Maryland coaching staff as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2017. Brumbaugh, who had spent the prior four seasons at the University of Kentucky, has established himself as one of the top defensive line coaches in the country. He has also served as an assistant coach at LSU, Louisiana Tech and Syracuse.
While serving as defensive line coach at Kentucky (2013-16), Brumbaugh helped develop a pair of 2015 NFL draft picks in Bud Dupree, a first round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Za’Darius Smith, who was chosen in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens. A total of four defensive linemen earned All-SEC honors during Brumbaugh’s tenure at Kentucky.
Prior to UK, Brumbaugh’s most recent major-college stop was a two-year stint at Syracuse, where he coached defensive tackles in 2011 and the defensive line in 2010. The Orange defense showed drastic improvements under Brumbaugh in 2010, moving from 81st nationally in scoring defense to 17th, and 37th in total defense to seventh. Under Brumbaugh’s tutelage, defensive end Chandler Jones garnered All-Big East recognition twice and was drafted 21st overall by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Prior to Syracuse, Brumbaugh coached the defensive line at Louisiana Tech in 2008 and 2009. He took over a defensive front that ranked 46th nationally against the rush in 2007 and moved that ranking to 13th at the conclusion of 2008.
In addition to coaching, the native of Keystone Heights, Fla., also has experience in strength and conditioning. Brumbaugh served two seasons (2006-07) as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU, helping the Tigers capture the 2007 national championship. While with LSU, Brumbaugh helped produce 12 NFL draft selections, including five first-round picks.
Brumbaugh got his first coaching role at Jacksonville State as a student assistant as the Gamecocks won the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championship and a 9-2 record. He spent the 2005 season at Tennessee-Chattanooga as the defensive line coach.
In 2012, Brumbaugh was at East Mississippi Community College, where he was in charge of the defensive line and the strength and conditioning coordinator. Brumbaugh helped lead the Lions to a top-10 national ranking with an 8-2 record and the Mississippi North Division championship. Brumbaugh’s defensive line combined for 224 tackles, including 44.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks and seven fumbles forced. For the season, the EMCC defense allowed just 74.5 rushing yards per game and only 15.3 points per game.
In just one season, Brumbaugh developed six defensive linemen who signed Division I scholarships, including end Za’Darius Smith at Kentucky. Smith was rated as the nation’s No. 1 junior college strong side defensive end prospect by JCGridiron.com.
During his playing days at Auburn, Brumbaugh started 44 of his 48 career games, gathering 291 tackles and 15 sacks as a nose tackle and defensive tackle. Brumbaugh was named Freshman All-SEC in 1995, second-team All-SEC in 1996 and first-team All-SEC in 1997. He helped the Tigers earn the 1997 SEC Western Division championship and played in three bowl games, winning two.
After his collegiate career ended, Brumbaugh signed a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. He also played in the XFL with the Birmingham Bolts and in arena football with the Georgia Force and Birmingham Steel Dogs.
Brumbaugh graduated from Auburn with a degree in health and human performance. He is married to the former Kelly Jones. They have two sons, Legend and Nash.