Football Names Jason DesJarlais Secondary Coach & Recruiting Coordinator

Feb. 15, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Jason DesJarlais as its new secondary coach, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. DesJarlais, who will also coordinate the Dolphins' recruiting efforts and special teams units, takes over for Adam Borrell, who returned to Gannon (Pa.) University as defensive coordinator after one season with the Dolphins.

DesJarlais comes to JU after three seasons at the University of San Diego, where he most recently served as the Torrero's defensive coordinator, while coaching safeties and coordinating recruiting efforts. The Torreros went 3-1 in conference play last season and finished second in the Pioneer Football League North Division, while also leading the PFL and ranking 21st nationally with a +0.55 turnover margin.

DesJarlais served as San Diego's interim head coach the final four games of the 2003 season, leading the Torreros to a 3-1 mark and an 8-2 overall record. USD defeated No. 1 Dayton in the season finale to earn a share of the 2003 PFL North Division championship. San Diego finished the season as one of the top defenses in the PFL, ranking 29th in Division I-AA in rushing defense (125.0 yards/game) and fifth nationally with a 1.30 turnover margin after recovering 11 fumbles and intercepting 14 passes. The Toreros also allowed just 21.5 points per game, limiting four opponents to seven points or less.

DesJarlais spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons as defensive line coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Following his first stint at USD in 1999 as the Torrero's defensive line coach, he spent two seasons (1997-98) as defensive line coach at Humboldt (Calif.) State, where he coached six all-conference players.

DesJarlais began his coaching career as defensive line coach at Western Montana College (1996), where he was a two-time NAIA All-America defensive lineman and helped lead the Bulldogs to three Frontier Conference Championships. In 1994 and 1995, Western Montana reached the NAIA National Semifinals.

After graduating from Western Montana in 1997 with a B.S. in Physical Education and Biology, DesJarlais went on to earn his Master's of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State in 1999.