Tim Hundley is in his fourth season as UTEP's defensive coordinator. He also coaches the Miner linebackers.
Hundley had a difficult task in 2006, holding together a Miner defense that lost its leading tackler and inspirational leader (linebacker Jeremy Jones) two games into the season. Safety Quintin Demps and linebacker Troy Collavo stepped up in Jones' absence and enjoyed fine individual seasons, with both players earning first team All-Conference USA honors. Demps compiled 67 tackles and tied for fifth in the nation with 0.6 interceptions per game. He picked off seven enemy passes, tied for the third-top seasonal total in school history. Collavo posted his second straight 100-tackle campaign, registering 124 takedowns.
Two Miner defenders, end Alex Obomese and tackle Zach West, signed NFL free agent contracts with Dallas and New England respectively in April. Obomese had 55 tackles in 2006 and West had 30, including seven for losses.
UTEP began the 2006 season with a linebacker (Jones) on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player, for the third straight year. Robert Rodriguez and Thomas Howard were candidates for the award in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
The 2005 Miners tied for 23rd nationally in tackles for losses per game (7.3), and tied for 40th in sacks per game (2.5). UTEP held five opponents to less than 100 yards rushing, and six to fewer than 200 yards passing. UTEP registered its third shutout in Hundley's tenure as defensive coordinator on Nov. 12 versus Texas Southern.
Four Miner defenders garnered All-Conference USA honors in a vote by league coaches and media, including linebackersJones, Troy Collavo and Howard who rated 1-2-3 on the team in tackles. Howard was selected by Oakland in the second round of the NFL Draft, the earliest a Miner player had been chosen in 37 years.
In 2004 the Miners rated 22nd nationally in passing efficiency defense (108.7 rating) and 49th in total defense. UTEP allowed nearly 90 less yards per game than it did in 2003, as well as 13 fewer points per contest.
Four Miners earned All-WAC honors on the defensive side of the ball, including Rodriguez who was tabbed the league's defensive player of the year. Demps was appointed the co-WAC Freshman of the Year and a freshman All-America by Scripps and The Sporting News.
Hundley served as the defensive coordinator at Washington from 1999-02, and as co-defensive coordinator for the Huskies in 2003. He tutored the outside linebackers from 1999-02 before overseeing the entire linebacking corps in 2003. He also supervised the punt coverage unit during his final season with the Huskies.
He has coached in 10 bowl games, including two Rose Bowls, and groomed 14 players who moved on to the National Football League, including current pros Marquis Cooper (Seattle), Howard, Michael Lewis (49ers), Ryan Neufeld (Buffalo Bills), Obomese and West. In addition, Hundley recruited six players who garnered All-America honors at the collegiate level - David Kilson (Nevada), Andre Gurode (Colorado), Micheal Lewis (Colorado), Cade McNown (UCLA), Sam Merriman (Idaho) and Jamir Miller (UCLA).
Hundley's coaching resume includes 17 years as a defensive coordinator - two at Clackamas Community College (1975-76), one at Idaho (1979), six at Oregon State (1984-89), five at Washington (1998-03) and three at UTEP.
He began his coaching career in 1974 as a graduate assistant at Western Oregon State, his alma mater. He went on to stints at Clackamas Community College (1975-76), Idaho (1977-79) and Nevada (1980-81). In 1978 he coached the running backs at Idaho, marking the only time in his coaching career that he has spent time on the offensive side of the ball.
In 1982 he began a long-running association with the Pac-10 Conference. He worked at Oregon State for eight years, then enjoyed six seasons (1990-95) at UCLA.
Following three years at Colorado (1996-98), he returned to the Pac-10 at Washington.
Hundley was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame after an All-America football career at Western Oregon State. He was a three-time All-Conference selection in college. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Western Oregon State in 1974, and added a master's degree in education from Idaho in 1978.
An Oregon native, Hundley lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Forest Grove High School. He and his wife, Pam, have two sons, Jake and Nick. Nick was a catcher on the University of Arizona baseball team that reached the 2004 College World Series. He is currently in the San Diego Padres organization. Jake is a graduate student in engineering at UCLA.