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David Duggan
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Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach


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After spending a year on the coaching staff at North Carolina, former Golden Eagle assistant David Duggan returned to the to take over the Golden Eagle defense in 2013. Duggan serves as the defensive coordinator, while working directly with the Southern Miss linebackers.

During the 2013 campaign, Duggan's defense notched over 1,000 total tackles. The Black and Gold defense notched 78 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks on the year. The defense forced 11 fumbles with six interceptions and a pair of safeties.

Duggan worked directly with the linebackers, molding the unit into one of the top tackling groups on the team, despite numerous injuries to key players. With the injuries, the linebacking corps had to fill gaps with young players, but still recorded success under Duggan's tutelage.

Sophomore Terrick Wright was second on the team in total tackles with 90, leading the team in assisted tackles with 46. Despite missing some games with injury, senior Dylan Reda finished the season in the top 10 on the team in tackles. Freshman C.J. Perry also concluded the year in the top 10 for Southern Miss in tackles. Senior Alan Howze finished the year in the top 15 among the team in tackles despite missing the final eight games of the season with an injury.

At North Carolina, Duggan assumed the role as outside linebackers and special teams coach for the Tar Heels. In his lone season with the program, UNC's Bandit and Ram position starters helped lead Carolina to an 8-4 finish, their best winning percentage since 1997. The Carolina special teams were just that as the team blocked three punts, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and kicker Casey Barth was 15-of-19 on field goals including going 5-of-7 between 40 and 49 yards. Barth was also a perfect 44-of-44 in his point after attempts.

In his last season with the program in 2011, Duggan assumed the role of co-defensive coordinator while also coaching the linebackers. That year, the Golden Eagle defense set an NCAA record for most interceptions returned for touchdowns and was as opportunistic and ferocious as any unit in the nation. The 2011 Golden Eagles scored 12 non-offensive touchdowns en route to winning the 2011 Conference USA championship.

Over his initial four-year span with the Golden Eagles, Duggan's linebackers were the centerpieces of the defense, headlined by names like Korey Williams, Ronnie Thornton and Jamie Collins. Even in 2011, as injuries sidelined Williams for much of the season, the top three Golden Eagle linebackers combined for 265 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

In his third season, Duggan's three primary starters combined for 230 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss.

Duggan began his tenure with Southern Miss in 2008 after serving as the head coach of the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe from 2006-07. During his time as head coach, his defense ranked No. 1 in the league both seasons.

His history with the league stretched back to the 2000 season as he worked as defensive coordinator for Cologne from 2003-05 and then in the same role for the Berlin Thunder from 2000-03. His defenses ranked No. 1 in the league in both seasons as an assistant at Cologne and he twice was a member on the staff that won the World Bowl (IX in 2001 and X in 2002) with Berlin.

Prior to his experience in NFL Europe, Duggan was the defensive coordinator at Brown University from 1997-00 in which the team won the 1999 Ivy League Crown.

Duggan went to Brown, after working at Colgate (1995-97) as the inside/outside linebackers coach, as well as the kickoff coverage coach. The Raiders captured the 1996 Patriot League title and played in the Division I-AA playoffs that season.

Duggan was the inside linebackers coach at Holy Cross from 1992-95, after spending 1988-92 at New Hampshire, his alma mater, as the inside linebackers coach leading the team to the 1991 Yankee Conference championship and the Division I-AA playoffs that year.

His first coaching job was at Alleghany College (1987-88), where he was the inside linebackers and strength and conditioning coach. The Gators captured the 1987 North Coast Athletic Conference crown and participated in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.

Duggan earned his Bachelor's degree from New Hampshire in 1986 and was a member of the football team from 1982-86, in which he served as a co-captain his senior season. He and wife, Lynne, have two daughters, Olivia and Grace.

Duggan at Glance
2012North CarolinaOutside linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
2011Southern MissCo-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2008-10Southern MissLinebackers
2006-07Cologne CenturionsHead Coach
2004-05Cologne CenturionsDefensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2001-03Berlin ThunderDefensive Coordinator/Linebackers
1998-2000BrownDefensive Coordinator/Linebackers
1992-94Holy CrossInside Linebackers
1988-91New HampshireInside Linebackers
1987Alleghany CollegeInside Linebackers/Strength and Conditioning

Bowl Games
2011Southern MissSheraton Hawai'i Bowl
2010Southern MissBeef 'O' Brady's Bowl
2009Southern MissR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
2008Southern MissR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

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