His first stint at Southern Miss came in 2011 as defensive coordinator and secondary coach and the Golden Eagles improved from 75th nationally in pass efficiency defense to seventh, and were ranked 22nd in rushing defense, allowing just 112.6 rushing yards per game. Disch's defense set an NCAA record with eight interceptions returned for touchdowns. Overall, USM ranked 29th in total defense and 28th in scoring defense as the Golden Eagles won the 2011 Conference USA championship over previously unbeaten Houston and then won their school-record 12th game over Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl. In the final regular season top 25 polls, Southern Miss was No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press poll.
Before arriving in Hattiesburg, Disch spent six seasons at Illinois, where he served as the special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach (2005), special teams coordinator/linebackers coach (2006), co-defensive coordinator/linebackers (2007-09) and linebackers coach (2010). He served under Ron Zook for seven seasons, including one year at Florida (2004) where he coached the secondary.
Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, Disch spent 22 years coaching high school football in the Jacksonville, Fla., area, including 16 seasons as the head coach of Ed White High School, where he posted a record of 122-55 to become the school's all-time winningest coach. While under Disch's lead, Ed White made 11 playoff appearances, won seven district and six conference championships, and reached the state quarterfinals four times. Ed White also was ranked in the Top-10 of the state's final football poll eight times. Additionally, five of Disch's high school assistant coaches went on to land head coaching jobs.
Disch is a 1981 graduate of Florida State University. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and has three daughters: Chandler, Erica and Virginia.
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