Brandon Cooper is entering his second season on the Mocs defensive staff. Specifically, he is coaching the nickels, dimes and outside linebackers.
The Mocs had one of the top defenses in the FCS last season, allowing a SoCon-low 329 yards per game. Cooper’s group help Chattanooga allow a SoCon-best 20.5 points per game while allowing just 152 passing yards per game, the fifth-lowest total in the nation.
Cooper spent the previous two years at Jacksonville State, where he coached the cornerbacks. There he helped the Gamecocks to the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2011, when the JSU defense led the OVC in rushing defense (144.9), scoring defense (24.8), third downs allowed (33.3) and interceptions (16) in league-only games.
A.J. Davis was an All-OVC corner that season and spent time with the New Orleans Saints. In 2012, he guided cornerback Jermaine Hugh to freshman All-American recognition and a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer team.
Before joining the Gamecocks, Cooper spent three years at UT Martin coaching corners. Tennessee-Martin led the league in total defense in 2010 after allowing just 299.3 yards per game, and also led the conference in total defense, passing defense, passing efficiency defense, first down and third down defense.
Cooper was a four-year letterman for the Skyhawks from 2003-06 and helped lead UT Martin to its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference Championship as a senior in 2006.
Cooper is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance from Tennessee-Martin in 2007.