PHILADELPHIA --- Former Lees-McRae College defensive coordinator Jim Washburn has long been one of the most distinguished assistant coaches in the National Football League. On January 19, 2011, Washburn was named as the defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
For the past 12 seasons, the Shelby, N.C. native had made his home in Nashville, Tenn. as defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans, coaching players such as Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Washburn was instrumental in turning both Kearse and Vanden Bosch into household names in the NFL.
In Washburn's first season with the Titans, he helped convert Kearse from linebacker to one of the premier defensive ends in the game. Kearse tallied 14.5 sacks in his rookie season and went on to post 70 sacks in his first five seasons with the club.
Washburn began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southern Methodist University before taking the reins as defensive coordinator at Lees-McRae, then a junior college, in 1977. Washburn spent two seasons on the sidelines for the green and gold before accepting the same position at Livingston College in 1979. Following stints with New Mexico and South Carolina, Washburn took the head coaching position for the Charlotte Barons of the Minor League Football System, winning a national championship in 1990.
Washburn's career continued to climb as he moved on to take the defensive line position with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football. In 1993, Washburn returned to Charlotte as an assistant coach for the Arena Football League's Charlotte Rage before accepting the defensive line position with Arkansas. Washburn spent four seasons with the Razorbacks before spending one season in Houston prior to his joining the Titans.
Washburn joins the Eagles, replacing Rory Segrest as the defensive line coach. Washburn is considered by many to be the best defensive line coach in the NFL.