Memphis, TN– Ricky Hunley, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee who has close to 20 years of collegiate and professional coaching experience, has been named the University of Memphis’ defensive line coach. Memphis head coach Justin Fuente made the announcement on Wednesday.
Hunley, who played seven seasons in the NFL, joins the Tiger coaching staff after spending the previous two years working as a lead coach and instructor for Football University, the creators of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Prior to his tenure with Football University he was the assistant linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2011.
“We are excited to welcome Ricky Hunley to the Memphis Football family,” Fuente said. “He has years of experience as a great player both in college and in the NFL, as well as experience coaching at both levels. I think he will do a wonderful job mentoring our kids both on and off the field. We look forward to him having a significant impact our program.”
Before joining the Oakland coaching staff, Hunley was a defensive coordinator in the United Football League with the California Redwoods (2009) and the Sacramento Mountain Lions (2010).
His NFL experience also includes a five-year stint as the linebackers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-07) and one season as the defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins (2002).
His collegiate coaching experience includes stops at Florida (2001) and Missouri (1994-2000). Hunley coached linebackers at Florida after previously coaching defensive linemen and linebackers at Missouri. He was also the associate head coach at Mizzou his final three years (1998-00)
Hunley began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at USC (1992-93) and gained experience through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program working with the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburg Steelers during his career.
Hunley was a first-round draft pick (seventh overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals and had a seven-year playing career in the NFL playing for the Denver Broncos (1984-87), Phoenix Cardinals (1988) and the Oakland Raiders (1989-90). He played in 91 career games with 30 starts and played in two Super Bowls. He was elected executive vice president of the NFL Players Association, serving a term from 1990-92.
A two-time NCAA Consensus All-American linebacker and Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year at Arizona, Hunley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Hunley and wife Camille have two daughters, Alexis and Kenady.