UConn defensive coordinator and an All-American linebacker are under consideration.
The new UConn Defensive Coordinator spent 10 years coaching at Virginia
New coaching staff impressive in the experience they bring to Storrs.
The Huskies welcome eight new assistants along with returning offensive line coach Mike Foley
Anthony Poindexter, who has been a member of the coaching staff at Virginia since 2003 and played for two seasons in the NFL, is in his first year as the Defensive Coordinator in 2014. He has position responsibility with the safeties.
Poindexter and new 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
|2006-08||Virginia||Running Backs/Assistant Special Teams|
|2009||Virginia||Defensive Backs/Assistant Special Teams|
|2010-12||Virginia||Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator|
|Postseason Games As A Coach|
|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|