Russ Huesman, who was a member of the football staff at William & Mary for 14 years and the defensive coordinator for the Indians during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, is entering his second year as a member of the University of Memphis staff.
He worked as outside linebacker coach during the 1998 season and was switched to tight end coach in the spring of 1999 to help develop the Tigers' numerous young tight ends. In addition, Huesman serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Tiger staff and has East Tennessee and Alabama for recruiting areas.
Huesman spent the spring of 1999 training freshmen tight ends Jeff Cameron and Mowbray Rowand, who are both expected to see extended duty this fall along with starter Billy Kendall.
In 1997, the William & Mary Indians were ranked third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in defense and were the league's leader in pass efficiency defense.
Huesman's 1996 unit turned in one of the finest performances ever by a William & Mary defense by finishing the season as the second-ranked unit in the nation, allowing just 231.8 yards per game. That defensive squad led the Yankee Conference in total defense and helped power the Indians to their first conference title since 1970.
In addition to coordinating the Tribes' defense, Huesman, a 14-year veteran of the staff, also coached the William & Mary secondary, a job he took over in 1991. In eight seasons under his direction, the College of William & Mary developed one of the most effective backfields in the nation.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Huesman played prep football at perennial power Moeller High School, where he lettered for four years under head coach Gerry Faust. He helped Moeller's team compile a record of 43-0-1 and win a pair of Ohio state championships.
An all-city selection in football as a senior, Huesman signed a football scholarship with UT-Chattanooga, where he started all four years as a defensive back. He played under the late Joe Morrison for two years and competed his final two seasons under Bill Oliver.
Following graduation in 1982, he spent a year as a graduate assistant at UT-Chattanooga and then moved to the University of South Carolina as a graduate assistant under Morrison.
Huesman and his wife, Amy, have a son, Jacob and a daughter, Natalie.
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Born: Cincinnati, OH
Univ. of Memphis (1998-