Art Kaufman named defensive coordinator at Texas Tech

Art Kaufman (Provided by North Carolina Athletics)
Art Kaufman (Provided by North Carolina Athletics)

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Art Kaufman, a 28-year coaching veteran, has been named defensive coordinator at Texas Tech University.

Kaufman joins the Red Raiders from the University of North Carolina and brings with him 10 years of experience as a defensive coordinator at the Division I level. He is the first coach to occupy the defensive coordinator position at Texas Tech and possess more than three years of experience in Division I since Greg McMackin was hired in 2000.

"I looked at a lot of candidates for this job but when it came down to it, I turned to a guy that I knew could get the job done," said Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. "Art is one of the best defensive coaches in the business and that is obvious when you take a look at the product he has put out on the field over the years. He has experience in the SEC, ACC and Conference USA and I know he will soon make his mark here in the Big 12. We are excited to have him on our staff and can't wait to get to spring practice."

In 2011, Kaufman was named the defensive coordinator for the Tar Heels when Everett Withers was given the title of interim head coach. Kaufman served the first two years at North Carolina as the linebackers coach. He helped guide the Tar Heels to a No. 48 national ranking in total defense in 2011, a No. 26 ranking in rush defense and an appearance against Missouri in the Independence Bowl.

Under his guidance, Carolina developed several outstanding linebackers, including 2011 NFL Draft picks Bruce Carter (second round, Dallas) and Quan Sturdivant (sixth round, Arizona), and current standouts Kevin Reddick and Zach Brown.

Despite injuries to Sturdivant and Carter in 2010, the Tar Heels still finished fourth in the ACC and 30th in the country in total defense. Reddick and Brown were the team's top tacklers.

Carolina's linebackers helped lead a defense that finished first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total defense in 2009. The Tar Heels were 10th in the nation against the run and finished 13th in scoring defense. Carolina was the only defense in the country to finish among the top 15 in total yards allowed, scoring, rushing, passing, pass efficiency, third down percentage and tackles for losses. Sturdivant earned All-ACC honors and Carter was a second-team pick.

Kaufman, who has coached in 12 bowl games, helped lead Southern Miss to a victory over Troy in the New Orleans Bowl in 2008. A former defensive coordinator at Mississippi, Kaufman also has coached at Middle Tennessee State, East Carolina, Arkansas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

Kaufman spent three seasons at Middle Tennessee as the Blue Raiders linebackers coach and two seasons as defensive line coach at East Carolina. Prior to joining the staff at ECU, Kaufman spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arkansas Tech.

A 1980 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Kaufman had two stints at Mississippi, coaching in Oxford for a total of 10 years. He spent six years as the Rebels' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Kaufman was a two-time All-America linebacker during his playing days at Arkansas-Monticello and followed his four-year career with the Boll Weevils by taking a graduate assistant position at Delta State University.

He earned his first full-time coaching job in 1983 when he became the outside linebackers coach at Northwestern State University (La.). In 1987, he was named defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Northwestern State.

He left there the following year for Ole Miss to coach the Rebels' outside linebackers and defensive ends. While at Ole Miss, Kaufman helped guide the Rebels to back-to-back bowl appearances (1989 Liberty Bowl and 1991 Gator Bowl) for the first time since the 1970s.

Four years later, Kaufman was named the defensive coordinator/linebacker coach at Louisiana Tech University, where he remained until returning to Ole Miss in 1995. In 1992, his defensive unit ranked in the top five nationally.

He again served as the Rebels' defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for the next six years. During his second stint at Ole Miss, Kaufman helped the Rebels to four straight bowl berths (1997-2000), and his 1999 defense ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense.

A native of Dermott, Ark., Kaufman has three daughters: Tara, Taylor and Madison.