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Chris Cosh
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleDefensive Coordinator
TeamUSF
ConferenceBig East Conference
Biographical details
Born (1959-05-12) May 12, 1959 (age 61)
Playing career
1977–1981Virginia Tech
Position(s)Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983
1984
1985–88
1989
1990
1991
1992–94
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999–02
2003
2004–05
2006–08
2009
2010-2011
2012-Present
Virginia Tech (Student Asst.)
Minnesota (Graduate Asst.)
Wisconsin–Oshkosh (DC)
Southeast Missouri (DC)
UNLV (LB)
Minnesota (DL)
Illinois (LB)
Illinois (LB & Asst. HC)
Illinois(LB & DC)
Maryland (LB)
Michigan State (DC)
South Carolina (LB)
South Carolina (LB & DC)
Kansas State (LB)
Maryland (LB & DC)
Kansas State (Co-DC & Asst HC)
Kansas State (DC & Asst HC)
USF (DC)

Chris Cosh (born May 12, 1959), is an American football coach and most recently held the position of defensive coordinator at the University of South Florida. He was let go when USF hired Willie Taggart. Current employment unknown.

Playing careerEdit

Cosh played linebacker for the Virginia Tech Hokies from 1977-1981.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

He has been a defensive coach since he started as a student assistant at Virginia Tech in 1983.[1] Cosh has moved around a lot, with 13 stops in 25 years,[2][3] including two with the Maryland Terrapins (1997 & 2006-08) and re-joining Holtz with the South Carolina Gamecocks (1999–2003).[1]

He served as linebackers coach in 2004 and 2005 for the Kansas State Wildcats under head coach Bill Snyder, before returning to Maryland as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach with head coach Ralph Friedgen.[1]

While at Maryland, Cosh was frequently criticized by fans for the inconsistent performance by Maryland's defense, which was described as "poor to occasionally impressive". Friedgen praised Cosh's recruiting but showed public frustration with Cosh's in-game coaching.[4]

On December 6, 2008 it was announced that Cosh would return to Kansas State for a second time under coach Snyder (when Snyder decided to come out of retirement to help the Wildcats) as assistant head coach (to Snyder) and co-defensive coordinator alongside Vic Koenning.[1][5]

Cosh will have now served as a defensive coordinator in five of the six BCS conferences (Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12, and Big East).[1]

On January 18, 2012, Cosh was announced as the new defensive coordinator at the University of South Florida.[6][7]

PersonalEdit

Cosh is a native of Washington, D.C., and graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. He has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Virginia Tech in 1983.[1]

Cosh and his wife, Mary, have two sons, J.J., who is a member of the Midshipmen football team at the United States Naval Academy, and Billy, who played at Kansas State as a freshman and transferred to James Madison. He transferred to Butler Community College prior to the 2012 season.[8] They live in Maryland.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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