Everett Withers
Everett  Withers

Asst. Head Coach/Co-Def. Coordinator/Safeties

Alma Mater:
Appalachian State, 1985


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Everett Withers
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach/Safeties

Everett Withers, a 25-year coaching veteran, is in his second season as the Ohio State Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He will also serve as the position coach for the team's safeties.

"Everett is extremely well respected across the country," head coach Urban Meyer said when announcing Withers' appointment. "I've known about him for a number of years and followed his progress as a college and NFL assistant coach. He will be a great fit for this staff and I think he and Luke [Fickell] are going to work well together as the co-coordinators of our defense."

Withers and his coaching peers on the Ohio State staff led the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in 2012, only the sixth unbeaten/untied season in school history, and to a final Associated Press national ranking of No. 3. Ohio State ranked second in the Big Ten with 14 interceptions and all four starting defensive backs earned all-Big Ten Conference recognition.

Withers has been a collegiate coach for 18 years and has also worked seven seasons in the National Football League: six years (2001-06) as defensive backs coach with the Tennessee Titans under Jeff Fisher, and a year (1994) as a defensive quality control coach for the New Orleans Saints.

Prior to accepting his position with Ohio State in December 2012, Withers spent four years at the University of North Carolina. He was promoted to interim head coach at the school in July 2012 and he led the Tar Heels to a 7-5 record and to a berth in the Independence Bowl against Missouri.

Withers' collegiate coaching resume includes 10 years as a defensive coordinator with a vast majority of his time - 16 seasons - spent also coaching the defensive backfield. His Tar Heel defenses were top notch.

  • His first unit - 2008 - ranked eighth in the country with 20 interceptions, a number that was just one off the UNC single season record.
  • His 2009 defense was among the nation's elite, ranking sixth in total defense, 10th against the run, 13th in scoring and 14th in pass defense.
  • His 2010 unit ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 30th nationally. Five players off that unit were taken in the NFL draft, including first-round pick Robert Quinn.
  • And this past year the Tar Heels ranked 14th against the run.

Additionally, Withers' UNC defenses picked off 71 passes in the past four years.

Withers spent one year as defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota prior to his North Carolina position. He also has been an assistant coach at the University of Texas (1998-2000; defensive backs), Louisville (1995-97; defensive coordinator/assistant head coach/defensive backs), Southern Mississippi (1992-93; defensive backs/assistant special teams), Tulane (1991; outside linebackers) and Austin Peay (1988-90; defensive coordinator/defensive backs; tight ends/special teams).

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Withers attended Appalachian State University and was a four-year letter-winner as a defensive back. He served as team captain in 1984.

Withers and his wife, Kara, have a daughter, Tia, and a son, Pierce.

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Senior
Alma Mater: Appalachian State University, 1985
Year in Coaching: 25th (Second year at Ohio State)
Wife: Kara
Children: Daughter, Tia, and son, Pierce

Everett Withers Coaching Assignments

2012-pres.Co-Def. Coord./Asst. HC/SafetiesOhio State University
2011Interim Head CoachUniversity of North Carolina
2008-10Def. Coord./SecondaryUniversity of North Carolina
2007Defensive CoordinatorUniversity of Minnesota
2001-06Defensive BacksTennessee Titans
1998-00Defensive BacksUniversity of Texas
1995-97Defensive CoordinatorUniversity of Louisville
1994Defensive Quality ControlNew Orleans Saints
1992-93Defensive BacksUniversity of Southern Mississippi
1991Outside LinebackersTulane University
1990Special Teams/WRsAustin Peay State University
1988-89Defensive CoordinatorAustin Peay State University