Fred Tate, a 16-year coaching veteran, enters his first season at the University of Cincinnati coaching the defensive tackles.
Tate, who spent the 2012 campaign at Texas Tech, has had FBS coaching stints at Marshall, Tennessee-Chatanooga, Southern Miss, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State, Texas State and Jacksonville State.
Tate helped guide a strong defensive turnaround in 2012 as the Red Raiders finished the regular season ranked No. 39 in the NCAA FBS in total defense after finishing No. 114 in 2011.
Kerry Hyder was a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection, finishing third on the squad with 56 tackles and a team-leading 14.0 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He tallied 10.5 of those TFLs during Big 12 play, leading the conference. Leon Mackey was an honorable mention all-league honoree.
Prior to joining the Red Raiders, Tate coached at Marshall from 2010-11. In 2011, Tate coached the defensive line and the Herd excelled among FBS teams in tackles for loss (8th, 102), fumbles recovered (T-14th, 15), fourth down efficiency defense (19th, 38.89 percent), red zone efficiency (T-19th, 88 percent) and turnovers gained (T-19th, 29). DE Vinny Curry was the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, a First-Team All-C-USA selection and a three-time All-America selection (FWAA, CBSSports.com, Walter Camp FB Foundation). Marshall won the Beef O'Brady's Bowl over Florida International.
In his first season with the Herd in 2010, Tate coached the safeties and saw two of his pupils, Donald Brown and Omar Brown, earn an Honorable Mention All-Conference USA selection.
Prior to being at Marshall, he spent time as the defensive line coach at both Tennessee-Chattanooga and Southern Miss. During his tenure at UTC, Tate mentored Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Southern Conference selection Josh Beard.
While at Southern Miss, one of his Golden Eagle defenders, Tom Johnson, earned All-Conference USA honors in 2005. USM finished 7-5 in 2005 and 9-5 in 2006. The 2005 squad was New Orleans Bowl Champions with a 31-19 victory over Arkansas State. The 2006 Eagles claimed the Conference USA East Division title, played Houston in the C-USA Championship Game and defeated Ohio University 28-7 in the GMAC Bowl.
Tate's coaching career began in 1997 at East Central Community College in Mississippi where he coached tight ends and receivers. He moved to Jacksonville State in 1998 and served as the defensive line and special teams coach for two years. While with the Gamecocks, he mentored Mark Word who played in the National Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns.
The 2000 season saw him return to the junior college level, coaching the defensive line, punting and kicking teams at East Mississippi Community College. He served as the defensive line coach at Southwest Texas State in 2001 and at Middle Tennessee in 2002. At Southwest Texas, he guided Clenton Ballard to All-America status. Ballard went on to play in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Diego Chargers.
Tate joined former Southern Mississippi defensive coordinator John Thompson at East Carolina in 2003. He coached the Pirates' outside linebackers for two years and assisted with special teams.
A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Tate enlisted in the United States Army upon high school graduation. He served five years as a combat engineer in the Airborne Division. He earned an Army Commendation Medal and was named Soldier of the Quarter three times.
Following his service, Tate attended East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., where he was a JC Gridwire All-America selection as a sophomore and was voted the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the National Junior College All-Star Game.
His playing career continued at Southern Mississippi, playing defensive end and tackle in 1995 and 1996 for Coach Bower. The Golden Eagles were charter members of Conference USA in 1996 and won the league's first football championship that season with a 4-1 mark. The 8-3 overall record included a victory over Georgia and a seven-game winning streak.
Tate earned his bachelor's degree in human performance from Southern Miss in 1997.