Tulsa returns three starters to the defensive front in 2012
Calvin Thibodeaux is in his second season on the Tulsa coaching staff. He was named defensive tackles coach on February 6, 2012.
Last year, Thibodeaux coached two-year starters Daeshon Bufford and honorable mention all-C-USA performer Derrick Jackson at the tackle positions, as the duo combined to total 17.5 TFLs for -82 yards and 8.5 quarterback sacks for -57 yards.
A 2006 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and four-year letterman on the Sooner football team, Thibodeaux helped the Sooners win three Big 12 Championships while making four trips to BCS bowl games, including the national championship game twice - 2003 Rose Bowl, 2004 Sugar Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl and 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Thibodeaux is coaching at the site where he opened his collegiate playing career. His first game as a true freshman was played at Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium on August 30, 2002 as the No.1-ranked Oklahoma Sooners opened the season against the Hurricane.
Thibodeaux spent the 2011 season coaching the defensive line at Dartmouth College, helping the Big Green post its first winning season in Ivy League play in seven seasons. He coached first-team all-Ivy League and first-team All-New England defensive tackle Eddie Smith.
Before that, Thibodeaux spent the 2010 campaign as the defensive line coach for Navarro College, which posted an 11-1 record and won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship. The Navarro defense produced 41 sacks, while the rushing defense ranked 11th nationally and total defense ranked 12th. Thibodeaux tutored NJCAA All-American and Championship Game Defensive MVP Toby Jackson.
Prior to his stint at Navarro, Thibodeaux served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Houston for two seasons (2008-09), working specifically with the defensive line and the outside linebackers. During his first year with the Cougars, defensive end Phillip Hunt, who amassed 14.0 sacks, was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
During his Oklahoma playing career Thibodeaux was named all-Big 12 in the 2005 season after leading the Big XII Conference with 10 sacks, the fifth most in Sooner history. He earned his bachelor's degree in public affairs and administration in December 2006.
A native of Houston, Texas, Thibodeaux signed with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, playing in two preseason games.
He and his wife, Terrika, have one son, Camar.
THE THIBODEAUX FILE
Bowl Games as a Player 2003 Rose Bowl (Oklahoma) 2004 Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma) 2005 Orange Bowl (Oklahoma) 2007 Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma)
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