After four seasons as the linebackers coach at Southern Miss, David Duggan (pronounced DOUG-an) comes to Chapel Hill with head coach Larry Fedora and will coach the outside linebackers and serve as the special teams coordinator.
Duggan served as USM's co-defensive coordinator in 2011 as the Golden Eagles posted their best season in school history. Southern Miss won the Conference USA championship over previously unbeaten Houston and then won its school-record 12th game of the year by beating Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.
In 2011, Southern Miss finished second in the league in total defense, second in rushing defense and first in pass defense efficiency. A pair of Duggan's linebackers - Ronnie Thornton and Jamie Collins - led the team with 111 and 98 tackles, respectively. Both were named honorable mention all-conference.
Duggan's linebackers were a model of consistency in 2010 as his three primary starters combined for 230 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss.
Duggan began his tenure with the Golden Eagles in 2008 after serving as the head coach of the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe from 2006-07. During his time as head coach, his defense ranked No. 1 in the league both seasons.
His history with the league stretched back to the 2000 season as he worked as defensive coordinator for Cologne from 2003-05 and in the same role for the Berlin Thunder from 2000-03. His defenses ranked No. 1 in the league in both seasons as an assistant at Cologne and he twice was a member on the staff that won the World Bowl (IX in 2001 and X in 2002) with Berlin.
Prior to his experience in NFL Europe, Duggan was the defensive coordinator at Brown University from 1997-2000, during which time the team won the 1999 Ivy League crown.
Duggan went to Brown after working at Colgate (1995-97) as the inside/outside linebackers coach. The Raiders captured the 1996 Patriot League title and played in the Division I-AA playoffs that season.
Duggan was the inside linebackers coach at Holy Cross from 1992-95 after spending 1988-1992 at New Hampshire, his alma mater, as the inside linebackers coach. He helped lead UNH to the team to the 1991 Yankee Conference championship and the Division I-AA playoffs that year.
His first coaching job was at Alleghany College (1987-88), where he was the inside linebackers coach. The Gators captured the 1987 North Coast Athletic Conference crown and participated in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.
Duggan earned his bachelor's degree from New Hampshire in 1986 and was a member of the football team from 1982-86, serving as a co-captain his senior season.
He and wife Lynne have two daughters, Olivia and Grace.