Tony Coaxum | University of Kansas

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Tony Coaxum's Resume
Team: University of Kansas
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Senior Analyst, Special Teams Coach
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

Biography

Tony Coaxum is in his first season on Les Miles’ Kansas football staff as a senior analyst for special teams. Coaxum came to KU after spending the 2018 season as the special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Central Michigan.

Coaxum brings more than a decade worth of coaching experience to KU. Among his collegiate coaching stops were two stints as an assistant at Army, a fellowship program for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an intern with the Baltimore Ravens and an assistant special teams coordinator with the Denver Broncos. Coaxum was on the Denver staff when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

Coaxum's Broncos featured one of the most consistent special-teams units in the NFL in 2015, tying for third in the NFL with three special-teams takeaways and finishing seventh in the annual rankings compiled by The Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin.

Denver’s special-teams group was particularly effective during the Broncos’ championship run. In addition to kicker Brandon McManus converting 10-of-10 field goals during the playoffs, Britton Colquitt ranked third in the NFL in both gross (46.6) and net (42.7) punting average while placing a league-high nine kicks inside the opponent 20-yard line. Jordan Norwood chipped in to return a punt 61 yards in Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win to represent the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.

In Coaxum’s lone season with the Ravens in 2014, the team ranked first in the league in kickoff return average (28.3), gross punting average (47.4) and net punting average (43.3) while holding opponents to the lowest average field position after kickoffs (20.1-yard line).

A former defensive back at West Point, Coaxum coached Army’s linebackers from 2007-08 and cornerbacks from 2009-13. Before entering the college coaching ranks with the Black Knights, he served as co-defensive coordinator at Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., for two seasons (2005-06).

While stationed in Ft. Bragg, N.C., in 2003, Coaxum coached the secondary at 71st High School in Fayetteville, N.C. He also coached that position during the 2000 season at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in Ft. Monmouth, N.J., while commissioned in the Field Artillery branch of the U.S. Army.

Coaxum was awarded the National Defense Medal and the Army Achievement Medal for his military service. He is married to Derrian and the couple has a son, Dura’n (18). Coaxum was born on Dec. 2, 1976, in Charleston, S.C.

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