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Teryl Austin is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2022. Prior to this role, he started with the Steelers as the team's secondary coach/senior defensive assistant coach in 2019.
Austin was born on Wednesday, March 3, 1965 in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
- 1 Playing Career
- 2 Coaching Career
- 2.1 College Coaching
- 2.2 The beginning of his NFL career
- 2.3 Brief return to college
- 2.4 Return to the NFL
University of Pittsburgh
Teryl Austin played college football at the University of Pittsburgh as a safety from 1984-1987. During his time with Pittsburgh, he won four athletic letters and started for three seasons.
After college, Austin attended the offseason training camps of the Washington Commanders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He decided to play for the Montreal Machine in the World League of the American Football (WLAF) for the 1991 season.
Penn State University
After the spring season of the WLAF, Austin began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Penn State under head coach Joe Paterno. During his time at Penn State, he met Jim Caldwell who was coaching the quarterbacks for the university, at the time.
Wake Forest University
At the conclusion of the 1992 season, Caldwell was hired as the head coach of Wake Forest University. Austin joined his coaching staff from 1993-1995 as the defensive backs coach for the Demon Deacons. However, the team never posted a winning record during his three years at the school.
After his tenure at Wake Forest, Austin accepted a position to coach the defensive backs at Syracuse University under head coach Paul Pasqualoni. During his three years at Syracuse (1996-1998), the Orange won or tied for three Big East championships, the first three conference championships in school history.
Austin was hired by the Michigan University Wolverines in 1999 under head coach Lloyd Carr to coach defensive backs. The Wolverines won a Big Ten championship in 2000 with two Top-10 finishes in the AP poll in 1999 and 2002.
The beginning of his NFL career
In 2003 Austin made the jump to the NFL. Hired by the Seattle Seahawks and head coach Mike Holmgren, he continued to coach defensive backs. His secondary during this stretch of time was comprised of many young players, many of whom were drafted during his tenure with the Seahawks. The team experienced substantial success during the four seasons Austin was coaching the Seahawks secondary. The team made the playoffs all four seasons, making a Super Bowl appearance in 2005.
In 2007, Austin joined his second NFL coaching staff, joining the Arizona Cardinals and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Austin's brief stay with the Cardinals was one of the most successful periods in franchise history, accomplishing their first winning season in 2008 since 1998 and their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1974 and1976, respectively.; their first championship game appearance since 1947. In 2009, three of the four starting defensive backs (Antrel Rolle, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Adrian Wilson) earned Pro Bowl appearances.
Brief return to college
University of Florida
Austin received his first opportunity to run a defense in 2010 when he was hired as defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators. During his lone season in Florida he also coached the Gator's cornerbacks. The Gators' season ended at 8-5, with a victory in the Outback Bowl. At the end of the season, head coach Urban Meyer resigned, and Austin returned to the NFL.
Return to the NFL
In 2011, Austin was hired by the Baltimore Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh. Austin had first met Harbaugh at the beginning of both of their football careers'. Harbaugh was a coach for Pittsburgh while Austin was playing for the Panthers. Hired by the Ravens to coach the secondary, the Ravens had a very successful run behind the strength of the defense. During his time coaching the Ravens defensive backs, they defended more passes than any other team in the NFL. In 2011, the Ravens allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the league, and in 2012 the Ravens won the Super Bowl. The team stumbled the next season, finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
In 2014, Austin was hired by the Detroit Lions as their defensive coordinator, Austin's first time running a defensive at the professional level. Hired by Caldwell in 2014, the team won 11 games, more than season by the Lions since 1991. One of the major strengths of the team was the defense, ranking second in the league in total defense and first in rushing defense.
|2023 Pittsburgh Steelers||Defensive Coordinator||2-2-0||0-0|
|2022 Pittsburgh Steelers||Defensive Coordinator||9-8-0||0-0|
|2021 Pittsburgh Steelers||Secondary Coach / Senior Defensive Assistant Coach||9-7-1||0-1|
|2020 Pittsburgh Steelers||Secondary Coach / Senior Defensive Assistant Coach||12-4-0||0-1|
|2019 Pittsburgh Steelers||Secondary Coach / Senior Defensive Assistant Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|2018 Cincinnati Bengals||Defensive Coordinator||6-10-0||0-0|
|2017 Detroit Lions||Defensive Coordinator||9-7-0||0-0|
|2016 Detroit Lions||Defensive Coordinator||9-7-0||0-1|
|2015 Detroit Lions||Defensive Coordinator||7-9-0||0-0|
|2014 Detroit Lions||Defensive Coordinator||11-5-0||0-1|
|2013 Baltimore Ravens||Secondary Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|2012 Baltimore Ravens||Secondary Coach||10-6-0||4-0|
|2011 Baltimore Ravens||Secondary Coach||12-4-0||1-1|
|2009 Arizona Cardinals||Defensive Backs Coach||10-6-0||1-1|
|2008 Arizona Cardinals||Defensive Backs Coach||9-7-0||3-1|
|2007 Arizona Cardinals||Defensive Backs Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|2006 Seattle Seahawks||Defensive Backs Coach||9-7-0||1-1|
|2005 Seattle Seahawks||Defensive Backs Coach||13-3-0||2-1|
|2004 Seattle Seahawks||Defensive Backs Coach||9-7-0||0-1|
|2003 Seattle Seahawks||Defensive Backs Coach||10-6-0||0-1|
|2002 Michigan Wolverines||Defensive Assistant Coach||10-3-0|
|2001 Michigan Wolverines||Defensive Assistant Coach||8-4-0|
|2000 Michigan Wolverines||Defensive Assistant Coach||9-3-0|
|1999 Michigan Wolverines||Defensive Assistant Coach||10-2-0|
|1998 Baltimore Ravens||Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship||6-10-0||0-0|
|1998 Syracuse Orange||Defensive Assistant Coach||8-4-0|
|1997 Syracuse Orange||Defensive Assistant Coach||9-4-0|
|1996 Syracuse Orange||Defensive Assistant Coach||9-3-0|
|1995 Wake Forest Demon Decons||Defensive Backs Coach||1-10-0|
|1994 Wake Forest Demon Decons||Defensive Backs Coach||3-8-0|
|1993 Wake Forest Demon Decons||Defensive Backs Coach||2-9-0|
|1992 Penn State Nittany Lions||Graduate Assistant||7-5-0|
|1991 Penn State Nittany Lions||Graduate Assistant||11-2-0|
Coach history guide
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- Years as a coordinator: 7
- Championships won: 2012
- Conference Championships won: 2005, 2008, and 2012
- Past teams coached for: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks
- College Attended: Pittsburgh Panthers
- Date of Birth: Wednesday, March 3, 1965 (58 years old), Sharon, Pennsylvania