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    Jon Tenuta

    Associate Head Coach for Defense/Linebackers


    Thursday Football Notebook

    Pack hosts Virginia Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network


    Inside Wolfpack Sports - Spring Football Update

    Kay Yow Spring Game set for 3:30 p.m. on April 21


    Tenuta Named Associate Head Coach for Defense

    Also receives a contract extension which will run through May 31, 2014.


    UVa Connection Runs Deep for Pack Staff

    NC State's matchup with ACC foe Virginia presents a homecoming for several members of the Wolfpack staff

    Jon Tenuta's Coaching Career
    Year(s): Team - Position
    1981-82: Virginia - Graduate Assistant
    1983: Maryland - Graduate Assistant
    1984-85: Vanderbilt - Defensive Backs
    1986: Marshall - Defensive Backs
    1987: Marshall - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
    1988: Kansas State - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
    1989: SMU - Defensive Backs
    1990: SMU - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
    1991-94: SMU - Defensive Coordinator
    1995: Oklahoma - Defensive Backs
    1996-99: The Ohio State - Defensive Backs
    2000: The Ohio State - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
    2001: North Carolina - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
    2002-07: Georgia Tech - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
    2008: Notre Dame - Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
    2009: Notre Dame - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
    2010-2011: NC State - Linebackers
    2012: NC State - Associate Head Coach for Defense/Linebackers

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Three-year letterwinner at defensive back at Virginia, he earned the team's John Acree Memorial Football Trophy and Kevin Bowie Award.

    EDUCATION: Earned a B.S. in physical education and health from Virginia in 1982.

    PERSONAL DATA: Born 2/25/57. Married to the former Dori Gamble, who played basketball at Virginia. The couple has three sons: Zach (22), Matt (18) and Luke (12).

    BOWL EXPERIENCE: At NC State - 2011 Belk Bowl, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl; At Notre Dame - 2008 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl; At Georgia Tech - 2007 Humanitarian Bowl (served as interim head coach), 2006 Toyota Gator Bowl, 2005 Emerald Bowl, 2004 Champs Sports Bowl, 2003 Humanitarian Bowl, 2002 Silicon Valley Classic; At North Carolina - 2001 Peach Bowl; At Ohio State - 2001 Outback Bowl, 1999 Sugar Bowl, 1998 Sugar Bowl, 1997 Rose Bowl; At Marshall - 1987 IAA National Championship game; At Maryland - 1983 Citrus Bowl.

    OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Position coach for 2011 Butkis Award semifinalist Audie Cole. Terrell Manning was also named second-team All-ACC in 2011. In 2010, coached first-team All-ACC Nate Irving. After Tenuta arrived in South Bend, he helped the Irish defense improve in all defensive categories. At Georgia Tech, 18 Yellow Jacket defenders earned first- or second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition, and 18 players from his first four units were either drafted or signed NFL free-agent contracts. In the six years Tenuta was in Atlanta his defenses were ranked nationally in total, scoring defense and rushing defense, including 20th or better against the run the last five years. In 2001, Tenuta guided the ACC's top-rated defense at North Carolina. At Ohio State he helped develop several All-America's and first-round NFL draft picks. Ohio State's pass defense was consistently ranked among the nation's best during that span. In 1989 he was an assistant coach at SMU, where he helped Forrest Gregg rebuild the program.

    PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS COACHED: At NC State: Nate Irving; At Georgia Tech: Keyaron Fox, Tony Hargrove, Michael Johnson, Dawan Landry, Darryl Richard, Daryl Smith, Vance Walker, Philip Wheeler, Gerris Wilkinson, James Butler, Chris Reese, Gary Guyton; At North Carolina: Julius Peppers, Ryan Sims, David Thorton, Dexter Reid, Michael Waddle; At Ohio State: Shawn Springs, Ty Howard, Rob Kelly, Damon Moore, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer, Gary Berry, Nate Clements, Derek Ross, Donnie Nickey, Mike Doss; At Oklahoma: Darius Johnson, Cedric Jones; At SMU: Marcello Simmons.

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