Coach Jamie Bryant, who spent the 2001 season
as a secondary coach and graduate assistant at the University
of North Carolina, will mentor Vanderbilt defensive backs.
While assisting defensive coordinator Jon
Tenuta at North Carolina, Bryant worked on the staff with
Robbie Caldwell, Vanderbiltís assistant head coach and offensive
Bryant, 32, assisted at UNC after serving
a year at St. Francis (Pa.) University. His coaching career
also includes a three-year stint at Clarion (Pa.) University
and five years of high school experience.
The Tar Heels finished strong in 2001, using
an aggressive defense to win seven of their final nine regular
season games, including impressive routs of ACC foes Florida
State and Clemson. North Carolina ended its season successfully
by shutting down Auburn 16-10 in the Peach Bowl.
The Tar Heels were the ACCís top-ranked unit
- and 15th best nationally - in total defense. They also topped
the conference in pass efficiency defense.
Prior to joining UNC, Bryantís efforts as
defensive coordinator and secondary coach improved a struggling
defense at I-AA St. Francis.
Bryant entered the collegiate coaching ranks
in 1997 as linebackers coach at Clarion. His duties at Clarion
evolved to secondary coach and special teams coordinator for
his final two seasons.
From 1992-96, Bryant coached at three Ohio
high schools, including a three-year stint as head coach at
East Clinton High.
Bryant, native of Fredericktown, Ohio, was
a three-year letterman at Ohio Wesleyan, graduating in 1993
with a bachelorís degree in economics management.