Tim Duffie is in his eighth year as a member of the UTEP coaching staff, and his third year coaching the safeties.
He worked with the defensive ends in 2006 following two years as linebackers coach. Duffie oversaw the development of Alex Obomese, who collected 55 tackles last season before signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Duffie mentored the Miners' top three tacklers -- Jeremy Jones, Troy Collavo and Thomas Howard -- in 2005. All three earned All-Conference USA honors, with Jones and Howard tabbed to the second team and Collavo to the third team. Jones was 14th in the nation in tackles (10.8 per game).
Jones, Collavo and Howard combined to make 327 tackles in 2005, including 36 for losses and 9.5 sacks. Howard was picked by Oakland in the second round of the NFL Draft.
UTEP's linebackers also enjoyed a banner year in 2004 under Duffie's direction. Howard and Robert Rodriguez both earned All-WAC honors, and Godwin Akinduro was an honorable mention All-Conference choice. Rodriguez was tabbed the WAC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the circuit with 10.1 tackles per game.
Between them, UTEP's starting linebackers racked up 280 stops, 35 tackles for losses and 11.5 sacks in 2004. Once again, linebackers held the top three positions on the tackle charts.
A former defensive standout at Texas Tech, Duffie began his stint with the Miners as a graduate assistant (2000-02). He coached the safeties in 2002 and 2003. As a GA in 2000, he helped UTEP win its only Western Athletic Conference championship.
In 2002 Duffie coached rover Tim Woodard, who ranked sixth in the WAC in tackles with 108. Woodard was an honorable mention All-WAC selection.
Duffie coached the whip linebackers in 2000, and the strong safeties and rovers in 2001. His other duties as a GA included breaking down film on opposing offenses, compiling scouting reports, working with the offensive scout team and providing assistance in the special teams area. His game-day responsibilities included logging plays and motions in each series, and charting opposing personnel.
A starter in 16 games during his four years at Texas Tech, Duffie ended his career with 202 tackles, six tackles for losses, one sack, three pass break-ups and two interceptions on his resume. He had 84 stops and four tackles for losses during his senior season, when he started all 11 games. Duffie had a career-best 18 tackles at Missouri in 1999.
Duffie attended Jefferson (Texas) High School, earning Class 3-A second team All-State honors at linebacker. He was also named the Cypress Valley Player of the Year and was a three-time All-District performer.
Duffie received his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports sciences from Texas Tech in 1999. He added a master's degree in education administration from UTEP in 2002.
His wife, Autumn, is director of marketing and promotions at UTEP.