Mike DuBose
Mike DuBose

Opp, Ala.

Co-DC/Defensive Line


Alma Mater:
Alabama (1974)

Former Alabama head coach Mike DuBose is in his second season directing the Tiger defensive line. DuBose joined the U of M coaching staff in December 2009 after serving the last four seasons as the head coach at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. He was elevated to co-defensive coordinator on Sept. 14, 2011.

Two of DuBose's defensive linemen ranked in the top five in tackles on the team in 2010, including Frank Trotter and Dontari Poe. Trotter posted 80 tackles to rank second on the team, while also leading the Tigers with 16.5 TFL. His TFL total ranked fifth in school history for a single season. Poe, who along with Trotter was one of just three defenders to start all 12 games in 2010, ranked fifth on the team tackles with 41 tackles and second in both sacks and quarterback pressures.

A native of Opp, Ala., DuBose arrived at Millsaps in 2005 as the defensive coordinator and was named head coach in 2006. In his four seasons with the Majors, DuBose was twice named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Coach of the Year and recorded a 33-10 overall record and a 24-2 mark SCAC. The Majors either shared or won outright SCAC titles in each of DuBose's four seasons, and the squad advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 2006 and 2008. Millsaps made a playoff appearance just once (1975) in its previous 85 years DuBose's head coaching stint.

Coaching his first collegiate team since leaving Alabama, Millsaps stumbled to a 0-3 start and surrendered 127 points in its first three games before a 52-10 win over Lincoln University gave DuBose his first win. DuBose then guided the Majors to seven-straight wins for a 7-4 overall mark, including a perfect 6-0 league mark, its first outright league title in 15 years and a berth in the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in 31 years. Since joining the league in 1989, Millsaps had never run the table unscathed in conference play and had won seven or more games just twice.

DuBose and the Majors came out firing in 2007 and registered an 8-2 record and the team's first back-to-back conference titles in school history. For his efforts, DuBose finished second in the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year fan voting.

The following year, the college football veteran led Millsaps to its first 10-win season in school history and its first undefeated regular season since 1980. The Majors finished the season at 11-1 overall after being knocked out by Washington & Jefferson in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs.

While playing for Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama from 1972-74, DuBose was a star defender for a Crimson Tide team that posted a combined three-year record of 32-4, including three SEC Championships and one national title. He had the game of his career in 1972 against Tennessee, where he recorded 20 tackles (2.0 tackles-for-loss) and caused one fumble. For his efforts, DuBose received "SEC Lineman of the Week" accolades. DuBose ended his career with 129 total tackles (26 tackles-for-loss), 71 assists, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three pass breakups.

His name still stands in the Tide record books as first all-time in forced fumbles in a season/career (four, 1972; eight career), second in career fumbles recovered (six) and tied for fifth with most career tackles-for-loss in a season (11, 1973). DuBose graduated from Alabama in 1974.

DuBose's coaching career began in 1975 as a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide. After a season with Alabama, DuBose spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Fairhope High School and two seasons as the head coach and athletic director at Prattville High School.

DuBose began his collegiate coaching career as a defensive line coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1980. After two seasons with UTC, DuBose was offered the defensive line job at Southern Miss, which he accepted. In his only season with the Golden Eagles, DuBose was on the opposite sideline of the game that ended Alabama's then 57-game home unbeaten streak in November 1982. DuBose returned to Alabama as defensive line coach from 1990-96 under head coach Gene Stallings. With DuBose's defensive scheme, the Tide ranked eighth or better in rushing defense four times, including the nation's best in 1992 during a National Championship season.

After Stallings announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 1996 season, DuBose took the reins of his first collegiate team. During his four-year tenure as head coach at Alabama (1997-2000), DuBose led the Tide to a 24-23 record, including a berth in the inaugural Music City Bowl in 1998 and an SEC Championship and Orange Bowl berth in 1999.

DuBose is married to the former Polly Ann Martin. They have two children, Juli Keller and Michael. They have a son-in-law, GW Keller, and two grandsons, Will and Drew.

January 5, 1953
Opp, Alabama
Alma Mater
University of Alabama, 1974 & 1976
Bachelor's degree & Master's degree in education
Collegiate Playing Experience
1972-74: Alabama (Linebacker)
Wife - Polly Ann
Children - Juli & Michael
Coaching Experience
2010-present: University of Memphis (DL)
2006-09: Millsaps College (HC)
2005: Millsaps College (DC)
2003-04: Luverne HS (HC)
2002: Northview HS (HC)
1997-00: Univ. of Alabama (HC)
1996: Univ. of Alabama (DC/DL)
1990-95: Univ. of Alabama (DL)
1987-89: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DL)
1983-86: Univ. of Alabama (DL)
1982: Southern Miss (DL)
1980-81: UT Chattanooga (DL)
1978-79: Prattville HS (HC)
1976-77: Fairhope HS (Asst. Coach)
1975: Univ. of Alabama (GA)
Bowl Coaching Experience
January 2000: Orange Bowl
December 1998: Music City Bowl
January 1997: Outback Bowl
January 1995: Citrus Bowl
December 1993: Gator Bowl
January 1993: Sugar Bowl/National Champions
December 1991: Blockbuster Bowl
January 1991: Fiesta Bowl
December 1986: Sun Bowl
December 1985: Aloha Bowl
December 1983: Sun Bowl
December 1975: Sugar Bowl
Recruiting Area
Alabama, Florida Panhandle
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