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Chris Achuff

Chris  Achuff

Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)

Alma Mater:
Bloomsburg, 1998


Football To Hold Spring Drills March 1-April 6

Holiday Bowl champs set to begin season number six under Art Briles.


Briles Announces Changes to Offensive Staff

Fourth-year staffer to Jeff Lebby promoted to assistant coach.

Chris Achuff is in his ninth season at Baylor as the defensive line coach. The entire Baylor starting d-line earned All-Big 12 honors in 2015, led by All-American and Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Billings. Billings, also named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. Beau Blackshear and Jamal Palmer also earned Big 12 honors by various organizations. The 2015 Bears defense led the Big 12 in tackles for loss (7.5 per-game, ninth nationally) and were second in rushing yards allowed per-play (3.84).

Achuff coached three All-Big 12 linemen during the 2014 Big 12 championship run. The D-Line led Baylor to a national top 20 ranking in both sacks (2.85 per game) and tackles for loss (7.2 per game).

During Baylor’s 2013 Big 12 championship season, Achuff’s line led the Bears to a No. 11 national ranking in tackle-for-loss, averaging 7.8 per-game. He coached two All-Big 12 linemen, including first-team honoree Chris McAllister (team-high 6.5 sacks).

In 2012, Achuff coached All-Big 12 honoree Terrance Lloyd, who led the Bears with nine QB hurries and had 8.5 tackles for loss, and Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP McAllister, who led the team with six sacks on the season.

Achuff mentored two All-Big 12 honorees in 2011, including second-teamer Nick Jean-Baptiste (team-high 8.5 tackles for loss).

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 came to Baylor in December 2007, after serving two seasons at Tennessee-Martin 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 FCS 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 Sports Report).

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 former 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, where he was a member of four PSAC championship teams.

Chris and his wife, Kim, are the parents of one daughter, Julia, and two sons, Carter and Tyler.

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