Billings tabbed to coach defensive line
2013 Memphis Football National Signing Day.
In his first season at the University of Memphis, defensive line coach Tim Billing saw his position group have a significant role in the Tigers doubling the team's number of quarterback sacks from the previous season.
Defensive linemen accounted for 17.5 of the team's 29 quarterback sacks in 2012. The team had just 14 sacks in 2011. Billings' group also combined for 40.5 tackles for lost yardage.
Both nose tackle Johnnie Farms and defensive end Martin Ifedi were named to the All-Conference USA Second Team while defensive end Ricky Hunter was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2012.
Memphis led the league in total defense in conference games played in 2012, giving up just 331.6 yards per game. The Tigers lowered their total yardage allowed in conference games from the previous season by 30 percent.
In 2012, Memphis ranked 50th nationally in defense (383.58 yards per game). The Tigers made a 67-position improvement from the 2011 season when they ranked 117th with a 491.00 total defense average. Memphis' 138-yard rushing defense total for the year ranked 32nd nationally.
Memphis ranked last nationally in pass defense for the 2011 season before making a 42-spot improvement, allowing 245.58 yards passing in 2012.
In Billings' first season at the University of Memphis, the Tigers posted a 4-4 mark in Conference USA play, winning more league games in 2012 than the previous three combined seasons. Memphis' 4-8 overall record marked the team's best finish since 2008.
Billings joined the Tiger coaching staff in 2012 following six seasons on staff at Wake Forest. The versatile coach worked with four different position groups during his six seasons with the Demon Deacons.
Billings oversaw the Wake Forest wide receivers during the 2006 and 2007 seasons and then supervised the secondary in 2008 and 2009. He worked with the defensive ends in 2010 and coached the outside linebackers in the spring of 2011.
The co-defensive coordinator at Wake Forest in 2011, Billings led Kyle Wilber to a strong showing at outside linebacker that season, as Wilber was the team's second-leading tackler (70) and the squad's sacks leader. Wilber was invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior campaign. Wake Forest tied for second in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 5-3 league record in 2011 and defeated No. 22 Florida State, while also posting ACC road wins at Boston College and Duke. The Demon Deacons fell to Mississippi State in the 2011 Music City Bowl.
Billings joined the Wake Forest staff in 2006 with experience as a head coach, coordinator and position coach on both sides of the ball. As an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Missouri, Oklahoma and Marshall, Billings was a part of three national championships, six conference titles, 10 bowl games and six Division I-AA playoff teams.
Billings made an immediate impact on each position he coached at Wake Forest. In 2006, he turned Willie Idlette and Nate Morton into top-flight receivers during the Deacons' march to the ACC championship.
After moving to the secondary in 2008, Billings helped cornerback Alphonso Smith become the only unanimous All-ACC first team selection. The secondary helped in holding opponents to just 172.5 passing yards per game, the lowest average allowed by the Wake Forest defense in 15 years. Billings' efforts were recognized nationally as he was named 2008 FootballScoop's Secondary Coach of the Year.
In his two years as the Deacons receivers coach, Billings re-energized the receiving corps. In 2007, he tutored Kenneth Moore, who caught an ACC and school-record 98 passes, earned All-ACC first team honors and was named the Meineke Car Care Bowl MVP after Wake Forest's 24-10 win over Connecticut. Moore was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Billings was responsible for a key decision in Wake Forest's 2006 ACC championship campaign. It was his selfless idea to move Moore, the team's leading receiver at the time, to tailback following a rash of injuries at that position.
Billings was the head coach at Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for six years (2000-05), posting a 25-43 record. In 2002, Billings guided the Redhawks to an 8-4 record, the program's best mark since 1969. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region 3 Coach of the Year.
Before taking over at Southeast Missouri, Billings spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Marshall from 1990-99. During his tenure, Marshall was the winningest program in college football, compiling a 114-25 record. Billings served as the Thundering Herd's defensive coordinator during his final season in 1999. That year, Marshall completed a perfect 13-0 campaign and was ranked No. 10 in the final national polls. The Herd defense ranked second in Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 10.5 points per game. The Herd won Mid-American Conference (MAC) titles in each of Billings' final three seasons at Marshall.
Prior to taking the defensive coordinator role, Billings worked primarily with the Thundering Herd special teams. Marshall special teams led the nation in kick returns in 1991 and net punting in 1994 and 1996. Randy Moss, an NFL All-Pro receiver, led the nation in kick returns in 1996. Marshall won NCAA 1-AA national championships in 1991 and 1996.
Billings began his collegiate coaching career as a Missouri graduate assistant under Warren Powers in 1983-84. The 1984 Tigers played in the Holiday Bowl.
He moved on to Oklahoma as a graduate assistant coach under Barry Switzer for the 1985 and 1986 seasons. The Sooners played in the 1985 and 1986 Orange Bowls, winning the 1985 national championship.
Billings returned to Missouri for the 1987-89 seasons under Woody Widenhofer, before his 10-year stint at Marshall. While in Huntington, Billings served under Jim Donnan (1990-95) and Bob Pruett (1996-99).
A native of Honey Grove, Texas, Billings began his coaching career as secondary coach at Duncan (Okla.) High School in 1980. He served as head coach at Prairieland High School in Pattonville, Texas, in 1981 and was secondary coach at Norman (Okla.) High School in 1982 and 1983.
A 1980 Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate with a degree in physical education, Billings was an all-conference defensive back for the Savage Storm. Billings also played basketball for one season at Grayson County Junior College in Sherman, Texas.
He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Taylor Kay and Trenton Wade.