Jeff Nixon is in his first season serving as Baylor's co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Nixon reunited at Baylor with head coach Matt Rhule, who he coached alongside at Temple in 2006.
A veteran offensive coach with NFL experience, Nixon spent the previous decade coaching at the professional level. He arrived at Baylor from the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent the 2016 season coaching the tight ends.
Previously, Nixon coached for five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, where he mentored the running backs from 2011 to 2015. Under Nixon's guidance, Lamar Miller led the team with 872 rushing yards and tied his career high with eight rushing touchdowns in 2015. Miller also set career highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (347) and touchdown receptions (two).
In 2014, the Dolphins ranked second in the NFL in average yards per carry (4.69). Miller eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, rushing for a career-high 1,099 yards, the most by a Dolphins running back since Ricky Williams rushed for 1,121 yards in 2009.
Nixon oversaw a running backs corps led by Miller, who paced the unit with 709 rushing yards in 2013. Daniel Thomas set a career high with six total touchdowns (four rushing and two receiving).
In 2012, Nixon guided a unit that finished eighth in the AFC in rushing yards per game (112.6) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (15). In his first season with the Dolphins in 2011, Reggie Bush rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards while Thomas led all AFC rookie rushers with 581 yards.
Nixon joined the Dolphins after spending four seasons (2007-2010) as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff, working as an assistant with the special teams and offense, with a focus on the running back position. During his tenure with the Eagles, Nixon helped coach All-Pro running backs Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy, as well as All-Pro full back Leonard Weaver. Nixon also helped DeSean Jackson develop into an All-Pro punt returner during his tenure with the Eagles.
Prior to joining the Eagles, Nixon served as the running backs coach at Temple in 2006. From 2003 to 2005, Nixon coached at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he worked with the running backs and tight ends, and served as a special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Under the tutelage of Nixon, running back Eldra Buckley developed into an All-American and went on to play five years in the NFL.
From 1999 to 2002, Nixon spent four seasons as the running backs coach at Shippensburg University. Nixon coached four all-conference running backs while at Shippensburg, including All-American and eventual Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl fullback John Kuhn.
Nixon coached at Princeton in 1998 as the school's running backs coach and he began his coaching career in 1997 as a student assistant coach at Penn State.
A New Brighton, Pa., native, Nixon played running back for West Virginia in 1993 and 1994 before transferring to Penn State, where he earned spots on both the Dean's List and the Big Ten Conference All-Academic Team. He earned a degree in elementary education from Penn State in 1998 and a master's degree in education administration from Shippensburg in 2003.