Football Coaching Staff
Dan Brooks
Associate Head Coach / Defensive Tackles
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Head Coach / Defensive Tackles
Year: Freshman
Eligibility: Freshman

• Announced retirement after 33 seasons following the 2016 National Championship win over Alabama.

• Named Assistant Coach-of-the-Year in 2016 by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Coached two-time, First-Team All-ACC defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (2015,16) and Dexter Lawrence, the 2016 ACC Defensive Rookie-of-the-Year.

• His defensive tackles were major contributors on Clemson’s 2015 and 2016 teams that advanced to the College Football Playoff.

• Coached First-Team All-ACC defensive tackle Grady Jarrett in 2014, a fifth-round NFL Draft choice and current starter for the Atlanta Falcons.

• His defensive tackles were a big reason Clemson led the nation in total defense (260.8) and tackles for loss in 2013 (122) and 2014 (131). The Tigers have amassed well over 100 tackles for loss in 2015 and 2016 as well.

• Played a big role in Clemson winning three of the past six ACC titles. He has been on the staff of five ACC Atlantic Division titles over his final eight years. Clemson was 85-25 with him on staff.

• Coached Second-Team All-ACC selection Brandon Thompson in 2011.

• In 2010, he coached Jarvis Jenkins to a First-Team All-ACC season. His defensive tackles were a big reason Clemson was 13th in the nation in scoring defense in 2010.

• Finalist for defensive line coach-of-the-year according to FootballScoop.com in 2010.

• Helped Clemson to an ACC Atlantic Division title and a top-25 final ranking in his first year at Clemson in 2009. The Tigers were 12th in the nation in tackles for loss.

• Clemson finished in the top 25 in the nation in seven defensive categories in 2009.

• Has coached 410 games as a full-time assistant coach, second-most on the Tiger coaching staff.

• Coached for 15 years at Tennessee under Head Coach Phillip Fulmer. He coached in 13 bowl games during those 15 years and was a part of eight teams that won at least 10 games. The Volunteers finished in the top 25 of the polls in 12 of those seasons.

• Tennessee was third in the nation in total defense, allowing just 263.5 yards per game, in 2008. The Volunteers were 10th in scoring defense and 12th in rushing defense.

• Coached first-round draft picks Shaun Ellis, Justin Harell and John Henderson. Henderson won the 2000 Outland Trophy.

• Served as Tennessee’s recruiting coordinator from 1999-02.

• Coached on the 1998 Tennessee staff that won the national title with a 13-0 record. That team had six wins over top-25 teams and gave up just five rushing touchdowns.

• Tennessee won back-to-back SEC titles in 1997 and 1998.

• Coached six years under Head Coach Mack Brown at North Carolina from 1988-93. He helped the resurgence of North Carolina during that era, culminating with a 9-3 record in 1992 and a 10-3 mark in 1993.

• Coached five years at Florida from 1983-87. The Gators played in two bowl games, including the Gator Bowl in 1983, and finished in the top 10 of the AP poll.

• Coached former Clemson star and NFL All-Pro running back Kevin Mack in high school in the 1970s.

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