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The Gene Chizik File

Sunday, December 14, 2008

-- Born: Dec. 28, 1961, in Clearwater, Fla.

-- Family: Wife, Jonna. Children: twin daughters Landry Grace and Kennedy Danielle, 11, and son Cally, 8.

-- Education: Received a bachelor's degree in education from Florida, where he played linebacker, in 1985, and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Clemson in 1991.

Coaching career -- Seminole High School: Served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the school in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1986-87.

-- Clemson: Served as a graduate assistant working with outside linebackers in 1988-89. The Tigers were Atlantic Coast Conference champions in 1988.

-- Middle Tennessee: Served as defensive ends coach in 1990-91. The Blue Raiders were Ohio Valley Conference champions in 1990.

-- Stephen F. Austin: Joined the Lumberjacks as linebackers coach in 1992. After three years in that position, coached the secondary in 1995 before serving as SFA's defensive coordinator in 1997-98. The Lumberjacks reached the Division I-AA semifinals in 1995.

-- Central Florida: Served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1998-2001.

-- Auburn: Served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 2002-2004. In 2004, won the Frank Broyles Award as the country's top assistant coach after Auburn led the nation in scoring defense, won the SEC championship and beat Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl to finish 13-0.

-- Texas: Served as assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2005-06. In 2005, was on the sidelines of a 13-0 team for the second straight season as the Longhorns beat Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl to win the BCS national championship,

-- Iowa State: Served as head coach from 2007-08. Signed a six-year contract to replace Dan McCarney, who had a 56-85 record in 12 seasons with the Cyclones. Iowa State went 3-7 in Chizik's first season, including a victory over rival Iowa that made Chizik the first ISU coach since 1907 to beat the Hawkeyes in his first season. In 2008, ISU beat South Dakota State and Kent State to start the season, then lost 10 straight, including all eight of its Big 12 contests. Had a 5-19 record as a head coach after serving as an assistant on teams that compiled a 161-64-2 mark.


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