TULSA NAMES FORMER OKLAHOMA DEFENSIVE LINEMAN CALVIN THIBODEAUX TO COACHING STAFF
Feb. 6, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Bill Blankenship announced today the appointment of Calvin Thibodeaux to the Golden Hurricane coaching staff as defensive tackles coach. Thibodeaux spent last season coaching at Dartmouth College.
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, 2005 Sugar Bowl, 2006 Orange Bowl and 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Thibodeaux returns to the site where he opened his college career. His first collegiate 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.
"We're excited to have Calvin join our Tulsa family," said Blankenship. "There are multiple things that really excite us about Calvin joining our coaching staff. First, his ability to teach and communicate is very impressive. He has a great background playing at Oklahoma and coming from that family tree certainly gives him impressive credentials.
"Calvin did a great job at the University of Houston so he has some familiarity with Conference USA, and I really like that fact that he spent a year at Dartmouth. In recruiting for Dartmouth, he understands the type of young men that we're trying to reach out to academically. Then, having been at Houston, Calvin has a great idea of the kind of players with the combination of academics and athletic ability that we need to have at The University of Tulsa to win Conference USA championships," Blankenship said.
Thibodeaux spent last 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.
"It's a blessing to be able to come back to the state of Oklahoma. My first college football game was against The University of Tulsa in the 2002 season. I started my career there, so being able to come back and coach at Tulsa is a real blessing," said Thibodeaux.
"I'd describe my coaching as being passionate, a motivator and a teacher. In order to be a great coach your players have to trust you and believe in what you're doing," added Thibodeaux. "I take the experiences from the University of Oklahoma and learning from Bobby Jack Wright and Jackie Shipp and playing for Brent Venables. Then being able to work beside Jim Jeffcoat at Houston, a guy who played 15 years in the NFL, won a couple Super Bowl rings and coached in the NFL, I've been able to carry over all those experiences into my coaching philosophy.'
During his Oklahoma playing career Thibodeaux was named all-Big 12 as a junior in the 2005 season after leading the Big 12 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, and are expecting their first child in March.
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