Chris Achuff is in his fifth season at Baylor, having joined Baylor as
part of Art Briles' original staff in December 2007. He coaches the Bears'
Achuff coached two All-Big 12 honorees in 2011 -- second-teamer
Nicolas Jean-Baptiste (team-high 8.5 tackles for loss) and honorable
mentionee Tevin Elliott.
In 2010 Achuff protégée Phil Taylor amassed 62 tackles and two sacks
en route to All-Big 12 honors and being drafted in the first round of the
NFL Draft (21st overall) by the Cleveland Browns.
Achuff arrived at Baylor from Tennessee-Martin, where he spent two
seasons helping to turn the Skyhawks' fortunes around as the defensive
line and strength coach.
In 2006, Tennessee-Martin posted a 9-3 record, won the Ohio Valley
Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs.
Tennessee-Martin led the OVC and ranked 17th nationally in rush
defense (112.92 ypg) en route to its league title and also ranked sixth
nationally in total defense.
Prior to joining the Skyhawks' staff, Achuff coached the defensive line
at Charleston Southern University in 2005 and helped lead the Buccaneers
to the school's first conference championship and first winning season
(CSU was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year by the College
Achuff was the defensive line coach at Chattanooga in 2004, after
spending the 2002 and 2003 seasons as a graduate assistant on Hall of
Fame coach Joe Paterno's Penn State staff, working on the defensive side
of the ball with Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood. Achuff
coached linebackers and served as the strength coach at Kutztown from
1999 through 2001.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Bloomsburg
University, as a student assistant working with linebackers from 1998-99,
then moved to Bryant College to work with outside linebackers and lead
the school's strength and conditioning program.
Achuff was a standout outside linebacker and special teams performer
at Bloomsburg from 1994-97. He was a member of four PSAC
championship teams and received the program's 1996 Unsung Hero and
Hardest Hit awards.
Chris and his wife, Kim, are the parents of one daughter, Julia, and two
sons, Carter and Tyler.