Jeff Durden enters his second season as the offensive coordinator for the Mocs. He joined UTC in January of 2013 after spending the previous nine seasons as the offensive coordinator at James Madison University.
Durden had a big impact on UTC’s offense in his first year with the Mocs. Chattanooga finished the year No. 22 in the FCS with 212.4 rushing yards per game. Sophomore Jacob Huesman was named the Southern Conference Offensive player of the Year and the Mocs posted their first league crown since 1984.
Huesman set a school record and was No. 4 in the nation with a 68.3 competition percentage under Durden’s tutelage. Keon Williams (RB) and Faysal Shafaat (TE) emerged as two of the best at their positions in the leagye. Williams was second in the SoCon in rushing before his season was cut short due to an ankle injury.
As the offensive coordinator at JMU, Durden helped guide the Dukes to the 2004 FCS National Championship. James Madison posted a winning record in each of the last nine seasons, advancing to the FCS playoffs five times during that period.
Durden’s JMU teams ranked in the FCS top-20 in rushing yards eight times. The Dukes accumulated more than 400 yards per game four times and averaged more than 28 points per game six times in his nine campaigns calling plays.
Durden has coached many top quarterbacks during his career, including former Walter Payton Award runner-up Rodney Landers. He was the CAA Player of the Year and National Player of the Year runner-up in 2008 when he eclipsed JMU season marks for total offense (3,304), touchdown passes (21), rushing yards (1,770) and run-pass touchdowns (37).
Prior to joining James Madison, Durden gained experience in the SoCon as an assistant coach at VMI from 1999-03. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Keydets his last two years in Lexington, Va. VMI set team season records for points in 2002 and points and total offense in 2003.
From 1995-98, Durden was the offensive coordinator at Morehead State. In 1997, the Eagles led the FCS in scoring and was second in the nation in total offense. Durden also coached at California (Pa.), West Georgia and Georgetown (Ky.) earlier in his career.
As a student-athlete, Durden was an all-conference defensive back at Georgetown (Ky.) where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1988. He also holds a Master’s in Education from West Georgia (1991). He has a son, Jakob (20), and a daughter, Hannah (17).