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John Lovett, a 34-year coaching veteran at the collegiate level, joined the Texas Tech Football staff on Dec. 12, 2011 after serving two years as the defensive coordinator at Miami. He will go through his first season at Texas Tech in the fall of 2012.
Lovett, a native of Nyack, N.Y., joins the Red Raiders after spending two years (2009 and 2010) as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami (Fla.). Lovett brings 20 years of coaching experience to the Texas Tech sideline, including stints as defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.), Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn, Maine and Cincinnati. Lovett and Tuberville first coached together at Ole Miss between 1995-1998 and then again at Auburn from 1999-2001. He served as Tuberville's defensive coordinator at Auburn until 2001 before leaving for the same position at Clemson in 2002.
At Miami, he tutored a defensive unit that ranked 29th in total defense in 2009 and featured All-America and Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist defensive back Brandon Harris, First Team All-ACC Defensive Lineman Allen Bailey and Second Team All-ACC linebackers Darryl Sharpton and Colin McCarthy. Sharpton ended up a fourth round selection of the Houston Texans.
Prior to his tenure in South Florida, Lovett served as the special team coordinator and was a defensive assistant at North Carolina in 2007 and 2008. He spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2005-06. In addition to coordinating the defense at Bowling Green, Lovett coached linebackers in 2005 and defensive backs in 2006. In his first year with the Falcons, Lovett's defense ranked 20th in the country in turnover margin.
Lovett served as the defensive coordinator at Clemson from 2002-04, and helped develop one of the ACC's top defenses, while defensive backs Justin Miller and Brian Mance earned All-America honors. In 2004, Clemson was 11th in the nation in pass defense efficiency (103.4) and 26th in total defense (327.3). In 2003, his defense allowed just 19.2 points per game as Clemson finished the year with nine wins and a top 25 national ranking.
As the defensive coordinator at Auburn from 1999-2001, Lovett helped lead the Tigers to bowl games each of his last two years including an appearance in the 2001 Peach Bowl.
Lovett coached the secondary all four years he was at Ole Miss (1995-98), including the 1997 season when the Rebels had an 8-4 overall record, including a victory in the Motor City Bowl.
Prior to coaching at Mississippi, Lovett worked as defensive coordinator at the University of Maine for two stints. He first went to Orono in 1985 and served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 1985-88, and then returned in 1994 to serve as defensive coordinator for the Black Bears. The 1987 team won the conference championship and qualified for the Division I-AA playoffs.
Lovett began his career in coaching at Saint Joseph's Region High School in Montvale, N.J., in 1976. He started his college career in 1978 at Union College in New York, where he worked until 1982. Lovett spent the 1983 season in the Ivy League at Brown, and then moved back to New York to work under Joe Walton as the New York Jets' defensive quality control coach in 1984. In 1989, he joined head coach Tim Murphy at the University of Cincinnati, where he remained until 1992. In 1993, he coached at UNLV as the secondary coach.
Lovett graduated from C.W. Post College in December of 1973 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in fall 2008. He initially was a walk-on, but quickly earned a scholarship and served as the team's co-captain as a senior in 1973. At the completion of his career, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Denver and he earned his Master's Degree in 1975. The next year he entered the coaching profession.
He and his wife Carol reside in Lubbock.
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