Per Media Relations…
NC State head football coach Tom Oâ€™Brien has announced that Jon Tenuta has joined the Wolfpack staff and will serve as linebackers coach, replacing Andy McCollum, who took another job on Tuesday. Â Tenuta brings 29 years of experience as a coach and 16 as a defensive coordinator, most recently at Notre Dame.
â€œWe lost a heckuva football coach and a great person in Andy McCollum,â€ said Oâ€™Brien on Thursday. Â â€œHe will be missed by our staff and our players and we wish him the best. Â But we have been very fortunate to be able to hire someone with the experience and wealth of knowledge that Jon Tenuta brings to our staff.â€œ
Tenuta’s stints as defensive coordinator for 16 years at sevenÂ differentÂ schools: Notre Dame (2009), Georgia Tech Â (2002-07), North Carolina (2001), Ohio State (2000), SMU (1990-94), Kansas State (1988) and Marshall (1987).
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work for Coach O’Brien,” saidÂ Tenuta. “I’m also happy to be back in the ACC, especially with a program like NC State.”
Tenuta has been at Notre Dame for the past two seasons, serving as the Fighting Irishâ€™s assistant head coach for defense both years, defensive coordinator last season and coaching the linebackers in 2008Â and 2009. Â In his first year at Notre Dame, he helped the Irish defense allow 61.27 fewer rushing yards per game and improve its ranking from 96th nationally in â€˜07 to 45th in â€˜08. Â The Irish scoring defense also improved in â€˜08, allowing 6.6 points less per game than in â€˜07, the 22nd-best improvement in the nation.
Tenuta helped guide a defense that ranked in the top 50 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense Â and rush defense * the first time that had happened at Notre Dame since 2002. Prior to his stint at Notre Dame, Tenuta spent six seasons as the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, where 18 Yellow Jacket defenders earned first- or second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition, and 18 players from his first four units were either drafted or signed NFL free-agent contracts.
In his last five seasons at Georgia Tech, Tenutaâ€™s defense ranked in the top 30 nationally in total defense, scoring Â defense and rushing defense, ncluding 20th or better against the run all five years. In 2001, Tenuta guided the ACCâ€™s top-rated defense statistically at North Carolina. Tar Heel defensive end Julius Â Peppers and defensive tackle Ryan Sims were two of the top three defensive players selected in the 2002 NFL draft.
From 1996-2000, Tenuta coached defensive backs at Ohio State, serving
as defensive coordinator in 2000. Â He Â helped develop several Ohio State
defensive backs into NFL players, including first-round draft picks Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer and Nate Clements. Ohio Stateâ€™s pass defense was consistently ranked among the nationâ€™s best during this span.
The Columbus, Ohio, native also coached at Oklahoma (defensive backs,
1995); SMU (defensive coordinator/linebackers/defensive backs, 1990-94);
Kansas State (defensive coordinator, 1988); Marshall (defensive
coordinator/defensive backs, 1986-87); and Vanderbilt (defensive backs,
Tenuta began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Virginia
(1981-82) and Maryland (1983).
A 1982 graduate of Virginia, Tenuta was a three-year letterman at defensive back for the Cavaliers and earned the Â teamâ€™s John Acree Memorial Football Trophy and Kevin Bowie Award.
Born Feb. 25, 1957, Tenuta is married to the former Dori Gamble, who played basketbal for Debbie Ryan at Virginia. Â They are the parents of three sons: Zach , who plays tight end at Marshall, Matt (16) and Luke
Year Â Â School Â Position
1981-82 Virginia Â Â Â Â Graduate Assistant
1983 Â Â Maryland Â Â Â Â Graduate Assistant
1984-85 Vanderbilt Â Â Â Defensive Backs
1986 Â Â Marshall Â Â Â Â Defensive Backs
1987 Â Â Marshall Â Â Â Â Defensive Coordinator
1988 Â Â Kansas State Â Â Defensive Coordinator
1989 Â Â SMU Â Â Defensive Backs
1990 Â Â SMU Â Â Defensive Coordinators/Linebackers
1991-94 SMU Â Â Defensive Coordinator
1995 Â Â Oklahoma Â Â Â Â Defensive Backs
1996-99 Ohio State Â Â Â Defensive Backs
2000 Â Â Ohio State Â Â Â Defensive Coordinator
2001 Â Â North Carolina Â Defensive Coordinator
2002 Â Â Georgia Tech Â Â Defensive Coordinator
2003-07 Georgia Tech Â Â Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2008 Â Â Notre Dame Â Â Â Asst. Head Coach (defense)/Linebackers
2009 Â Â Notre Dame Â Â Â Asst Head Coach (defense)/Defensive