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Anthony Poindexter
Anthony  Poindexter

Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Alma Mater:
Virginia '99


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Anthony Poindexter is in his third year as the Defensive Coordinator at UConn in 2016 and has position responsibility with the safeties. Poindexter's defense helped lead the Huskies to an appearance in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl, which marked the tenth bowl game that he played or coached.

Poindexter has enjoyed considerable success as a college coach and as a player on the collegiate and professional level. His name is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for his standout career at Virginia from 1994-98 when he was one of the top safeties in the nation.

Poindexter's 2015 Husky defense was among the finest in the country as UConn was 33rd in total defense at 355.1 yards per game, which led the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies were also 15th nationally in scoring defense (19.5 ppg), which led the American, and was seventh nationally and first in the conference in red zone defense. UConn was 20th in passing yards allowed nationally and first in the conference and was 24th in the country in pass efficiency defense, which was second in the league.

Safety Andrew Adams earned second team All-American Athletic Conference honors under Poindexter's watch in 2015, as he led the team in tackles with 103. The Husky defense had a total of five players earn all-conference recognition in 2015.

Prior to joining the Husky staff, he was a member of the coaching staff at Virginia from 2003-2013. Poindexter and UConn head coach Bob Diaco were on the coaching staff together at Virginia from 2006-08.

During Poindexter's ten-year coaching career at Virginia, he worked on the defensive side of the ball for the final five and with the safeties since 2010.

Poindexter was UVa's running backs coach from 2004-2008 and was also the special teams coordinator from 2006-12. He joined the Virginia staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2003. He returned to his alma mater the year before as a graduate assistant coach for strength and conditioning.

In 2011 at Virginia, Poindexter's unit helped hold opponents to a completion percentage of just 53.7 percent, the second lowest mark in the ACC. Under Poindexter in 2009, UVa's defensive backs helped the Cavalier defense rank No. 4 in the ACC and No. 21 in the nation in pass defense. Highlighting the group of defensive backs was second-team All-ACC honoree Ras-I Dowling and Chris Cook, who was chosen in the second round (34th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

In 2008, as the head of the running backs, Poindexter saw tailback Cedric Peerman conclude one of the most productive careers in school history. Peerman, who played in the Senior Bowl after earning honorable mention All-ACC honors, finished as the 19th most productive back in UVa history, rushing for 1,749 yards and 15 scores.

Regarded as one of the fiercest hitters in the game during his collegiate career (1994-98), Poindexter earned first-team All-America honors at safety his junior and senior seasons. He also was chosen the 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is one of only three players in school history to earn first-team All-ACC recognition three times.

He finished his career with 342 career tackles, the ninth-most in school history and tops among ACC defensive backs. He is tied for fifth in school history with 12 interceptions.

As a freshman, Poindexter helped make perhaps the biggest single defensive play in school history when he and teammate Adrian Burnim stopped Florida State tailback Warrick Dunn inches from the goal line on the game's last play to preserve a 33-28 win over the second-ranked Seminoles. With the victory, Virginia ended FSU's four-year, 29-game conference winning streak since joining the league in 1992.

Poindexter's senior season ended prematurely when he injured his left knee in the seventh game of the season and later underwent reconstructive surgery. Poindexter was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft. He spent two seasons with the Ravens before ending his pro career with the Cleveland Browns. To honor his legacy at UVa, Poindexter's No. 3 jersey was retired on Oct. 10, 2009 at Scott Stadium.

Poindexter earned his degree in anthropology from Virginia in 1999.

Poindexter and his wife, Kimberly, have three children - Morocca, Anthony, Jr. and Chloe.

Year-By-Year With Anthony Poindexter

YearSchool/Team Position
2003 Virginia Graduate Assistant
2004-05 Virginia Running Backs
2006-08 Virginia Running Backs/Assistant Special Teams
2009 Virginia Defensive Backs/Assistant Special Teams
2010-12 Virginia Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator
2013 VirginiaSafeties
2014-Pres. UConnDefensive Coordinator/Safeties
Postseason Games
Year Game School/Team Result
1994 Independence Virginia (player) def. TCU, 20-10
1995 Peach Virginia (player) def. Georgia, 34-27
1996 Carquest Virginia (player) lost to Miami, 31-21
1998 Peach Virginia (player) lost to Georgia, 35-33
2000 AFC Wild Card Baltimore Ravens (player) def. Broncos, 21-3
AFC Divisional Baltimore Ravens (player) def. Titans, 24-10
AFC Championship Baltimore Ravens (player) def. Raiders, 16-3
Super Bowl XXXV Baltimore Ravens (player) def. Giants, 34-7
2003 Continental Tire Virginia def. Pittsburgh, 23-16
2004 MPC Computers Virginia lost to Fresno State, 37-34
2005 Music City Virginia def. Minnesota, 34-31
2007 Gator Virginia lost to Texas Tech, 31-28
2011 Chick-fil-A Virginia lost to Auburn, 43-24
2015 St. Petersburg UConn lost to Marshall, 16-10