Tommy West (American football)

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Tommy West
Current position
Title Defensive line coach
Team Middle Tennessee
Conference C-USA
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-31)July 31, 1954
Carrollton, Georgia
Playing career
1972–1975 Tennessee
Position(s) Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979 Ole Miss (RB)
1980–1981 Appalachian State (WR/TE)
1982 Clemson (WR)
1983–1989 Clemson (LB)
1990 Tennessee (RB)
1991–1992 South Carolina (DC/LB)
1993 Chattanooga
1993–1998 Clemson
2000 Memphis (DC/LB)
2001–2009 Memphis
2011 UAB (DC/LB)
2012 Southern Miss (DC/LB)
2014–present Middle Tennessee (DL)
Head coaching record
Overall 84–96
Bowls 3–6

Thomas Cleveland "Tommy" West (born July 31, 1954) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State University. West served as head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1993), Clemson University (1993–1998) and the University of Memphis (2001–2009), compiling a career college football record of 84–96. West was fired as head coach at Memphis on November 9, 2009 after beginning the season 2–7.[1] West finished the season with Memphis.

West attended Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia, from which he graduated in 1972. There he was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was an All-American selection. He is married to the former Cyndie Smith of Germantown, Tn. and has one son, Turner West, who is an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (1993)
1993 Chattanooga 4–7 2–6 5th
Chattanooga: 4–7 2–6
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1993–1998)
1993 Clemson 1–0[n 1] [n 1] [n 1] W Peach 23 22
1994 Clemson 5–6 4–4 6th
1995 Clemson 8–4 6–2 2nd L Gator
1996 Clemson 7–5 6–2 T–2nd L Peach
1997 Clemson 7–5 4–4 5th L Peach
1998 Clemson 3–8 1–7 T–9th
Clemson: 31–28 21–19
Memphis Tigers (Conference USA) (2001–2009)
2001 Memphis 5–6 3–4 7th
2002 Memphis 3–9 2–6 9th
2003 Memphis 9–4 5–3 T–3rd W New Orleans
2004 Memphis 8–4 5–3 T–2nd L GMAC
2005 Memphis 7–5 5–3 T–2nd (East) W Motor City
2006 Memphis 2–10 1–7 6th (East)
2007 Memphis 7–6 6–2 T–2nd (East) L New Orleans
2008 Memphis 6–7 4–4 T–2nd (East) L St. Petersburg
2009 Memphis 2–10 1–7 6th (East)
Memphis: 49–61 32–39
Total: 84–96

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Tommy West who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. ^ a b c Ken Hatfield resigned after the regular season. West coached Clemson in the Peach Bowl. Clemson credits the 1993 regular season to Hatfield and the Peach Bowl to West.


  1. ^ Tommy West fired as Memphis Tigers football coach, The Commercial Appeal, November 9, 2009

External links

  • Middle Tennessee profile
  • UAB profile
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