BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo head football coach Jeff Quinn will add Maurice Linguist to his defensive staff to replace former defensive backs coach Ernest Jones, who recently accepted a position on the Notre Dame staff.
Linguist will join UB's staff from James Madison, where he has spent the past three seasons, and had a outstanding playing career at Baylor University. Linguist will coach the Bulls' defensive secondary, rounding out the defensive staff that saw two openings arise since the end of the 2011 season.
Lou Tepper, newly hired defensive coordinator, will coach the Bulls' linebackers, Jappy Oliver will continue to coach the UB defensive line while Mike Dietzel will coach the safeties and serve as co-special teams coordinator. Quarterback coach Don Patterson has been tabbed as recruiting coordinator, a position that Jones had held since joining the UB staff with Quinn in 2010.
"We are excited to have Maurice join our staff, he is a rising coach in the business who will help us to continue to develop our secondary," said Quinn. "He was highly recommended and received high praise for his teaching abilities. He understands what it takes to graduate our student-athletes and help us compete for championships."
Linguist has spend the past three years at James Madison, coaching the safeties, and helped the Dukes to an 8-4 regular season record this past fall and an NCAA playoff appearance. In addition, The Sports Network selected the James Madison 2012 recruiting class as the best in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Prior to James Madison, Linguist served as defensive backs and special teams coach at Valdosta (Ga.) State, helping the program to a 9-3 record and a ranking of No. 12 in Division II in 2008.
Linguist began his coaching career at his alma mater of Baylor, coaching strong safeties and rover backs as a graduate assistant in 2007. As a senior at Baylor, he was the Bears' defensive most valuable player as a strong safety, an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and a second-team conference all-academic honoree. He played in 42 games, starting 24 at Baylor and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bears. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications and a masters degree in sports management from Baylor.