Chris Kiffin
Chris Kiffin

Position:
Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator For Defense

Alma Mater:
Colorado State, 2005


02/12/2013

Rebel Assistant Coaches Reel In National Honors

Kiffin, McGriff, Harris Recognized Nationally For Recruiting Efforts

02/07/2013

Chris Kiffin Named 2013 Recruiter Of The Year

Kiffin Helped Rebels Reel In Historic Recruiting Class

02/06/2013

Hugh Freeze Press Conference: NSD13

Rebels Land Top-10 Signing Class

03/22/2012

Hugh Freeze Pre-Spring Press Conference 03.22

Rebels Open Spring Drills Tomorrow

12/19/2011

Watch New Rebel Fooball Staff Members on RebelVision

Press Conference Set For 10:30AM

Joining the Rebel staff on Dec. 8, 2011, Chris Kiffin is in his third season as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for defense under Hugh Freeze.

Kiffin has paid huge dividends on the recruiting trail. He was tabbed the 2013 National Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com after helping Ole Miss land a top-five signing class that ranked as high as No. 2 by 247Sports. He was also tabbed one of the nation's top 50 recruiters by 247Sports and helped the Rebels land a second straight top-15 class in 2014.

With Kiffin guiding him, Robert Nkemdiche made a major impact on the defensive line in 2013 by ranking third on the team in tackles for loss (8.0) and second among SEC freshmen in TFLs per outing (0.73). Nkemdiche was named first team Freshman All-America and SEC All-Freshman.

Kiffin helped coach a much-improved Rebel front line in his first year in Oxford. His unit helped Ole Miss rank first in the SEC and fourth nationally in tackles for loss (7.9/game) and second in the SEC and 11th nationally in sacks (2.9/game). Those numbers were dramatic improvements over 4.75 TFLs and 1.08 sacks per game in 2011.

Under Kiffin, defensive end C.J. Johnson saw tremendous improvement from his rookie campaign as he recorded 6.5 sacks, tied for eighth-most in the SEC, versus just one sack in 2011. Nose tackle Issac Gross was named first team Freshman All-America and SEC All-Freshman after he tallied 10.0 TFLs (second-most by an SEC freshman behind teammate Denzel Nkemdiche) and 2.5 sacks.

Kiffin spent the previous season as Arkansas State's defensive line coach.

The younger brother of former Southern Cal head coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, and son of coaching legend Monte Kiffin, he helped coach an ASU defense that led the Sun Belt Conference in total defense (331.46 ypg), scoring defense (20.77 ppg) and ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in both categories. Arkansas State also led the league and ranked eighth in the nation in tackles for loss (7.62 pg) and tied for 15th in the NCAA in QB sacks (2.69 pg).

In 2011, Kiffin mentored Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Brandon Joiner, who tied for third in the nation in sacks and 10th in TFLs. He also coached Dorvus Woods to second team all-conference honors.

Kiffin joined the A-State coaching staff after serving as an administrative assistant for the USC defense in 2010. The Trojans finished the year 8-5 with a 28-14 victory over UCLA in Rose Bowl stadium.

Prior to joining the staff at USC, Kiffin was in charge of offensive quality control at Nebraska from Feb. 2008 through Feb. 2010. During his two seasons at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers compiled 20-8 record and played in two bowl games, including a 33-0 victory over Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Before Nebraska, Kiffin was a quality control intern with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. During his time with the Bucs, Kiffin gained experience working with the defensive line during off-season OTAs and mini-camps.

A four-year football letterman as a defensive tackle at Colorado State from 2000-05 under then-head coach Sonny Lubick, Kiffin earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 2005. Following his time at Colorado State, he was a student assistant at Idaho during the 2005 and 2006 campaigns.

Chris and his wife, Angela, have three children: daughters, Grace and Taylor, and a son, Christian.

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