Former Bobcat joins Philadelphia Eagle coaching staff
Jan 20, 2011
PHILADELPHIA --- Former Lees-McRae College
defensive coordinator Jim Washburn has long been one of the most
distinguished assistant coaches in the National Football League.
On January 19, 2011, Washburn was named as the defensive line coach
for the Philadelphia Eagles.
For the past 12 seasons, the Shelby, N.C. native had made his
home in Nashville, Tenn. as defensive line coach for the Tennessee
Titans, coaching players such as Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden
Bosch. Washburn was instrumental in turning both Kearse and Vanden
Bosch into household names in the NFL.
In Washburn's first season with the Titans, he helped convert
Kearse from linebacker to one of the premier defensive ends in the
game. Kearse tallied 14.5 sacks in his rookie season and went on to
post 70 sacks in his first five seasons with the club.
Washburn began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at
Southern Methodist University before taking the reins as defensive
coordinator at Lees-McRae, then a junior college, in 1977.
Washburn spent two seasons on the sidelines for the green and gold
before accepting the same position at Livingston College in 1979.
Following stints with New Mexico and South Carolina, Washburn took
the head coaching position for the Charlotte Barons of the Minor
League Football System, winning a national championship in
Washburn's career continued to climb as he moved on to take the
defensive line position with the London Monarchs of the World
League of American Football. In 1993, Washburn returned to
Charlotte as an assistant coach for the Arena Football League's
Charlotte Rage before accepting the defensive line position with
Arkansas. Washburn spent four seasons with the Razorbacks before
spending one season in Houston prior to his joining the Titans.
Washburn joins the Eagles, replacing Rory Segrest as the
defensive line coach. Washburn is considered by many to be the
best defensive line coach in the NFL.