John Lovett
John  Lovett

Defensive Backs

Alma Mater:
C.W. Post College '73

John Lovett, a 35-year collegiate coaching veteran, returns to Cincinnati for his second stint with the Bearcats in 2013.

Lovett was UC's defensive coordinator from 1989-92.

Lovett's career includes stints as defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.), Bowling Green, Clemson, Auburn, Maine and Cincinnati. Lovett and head coach Tommy Tuberville first coached together at Ole Miss between 1995-1998 and then again at Auburn from 1999-2001 and at Texas Tech in 2012. He served as Tuberville's defensive coordinator at Auburn until 2001 before leaving for the same position at Clemson in 2002.

Lovett spent the 2012 season mentoring the defensive backs at Texas Tech University. He was part of a defensive staff that helped the Red Raiders finish the 2012 regular season ranked No. 39 in the NCAA FBS in total defense after finished No. 114 in 2011. The Red Raiders led the Big 12 Conference in pass defense, surrendering only 195.8 passing yards per game.

DBs Cody Davis and D.J. Johnson were named Second-Team All-Big 12 while Davis was also named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-American® and was one of 15 finalists for the William B. Campbell Trophy. Davis was the teams' leader in tackles (101), and interceptions (3) while adding seven pass break ups and 10 passes defended. Johnson was second on the squad with 90 tackles, including 69 solo stops, two tackles for a loss, a pair of interceptions, five pass break ups and seven passes defended.

Lovett, a native of Nyack, N.Y., joined the Red Raiders after spending two years (2009 and 2010) as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami (Fla.). At Miami, he tutored a defensive unit that ranked 29th in total defense in 2009 and featured All-America and Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist defensive back Brandon Harris, First Team All-ACC Defensive Lineman Allen Bailey and Second Team All-ACC linebackers Darryl Sharpton and Colin McCarthy. Sharpton ended up a fourth round selection of the Houston Texans.

Prior to his tenure in South Florida, Lovett served as the special team coordinator and was a defensive assistant at North Carolina in 2007 and 2008. He spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Bowling Green from 2005-06. In addition to coordinating the defense at Bowling Green, Lovett coached linebackers in 2005 and defensive backs in 2006. In his first year with the Falcons, Lovett's defense ranked 20th in the country in turnover margin.

Lovett served as the defensive coordinator at Clemson from 2002-04, and helped develop one of the ACC's top defenses, while defensive backs Justin Miller and Brian Mance earned All-America honors. In 2004, Clemson was 11th in the nation in pass defense efficiency (103.4) and 26th in total defense (327.3). In 2003, his defense allowed just 19.2 points per game as Clemson finished the year with nine wins and a top 25 national ranking.

As the defensive coordinator at Auburn from 1999-2001, Lovett helped lead the Tigers to bowl games each of his last two years including an appearance in the 2001 Peach Bowl.

Lovett coached the secondary all four years he was at Ole Miss (1995-98), including the 1997 season when the Rebels had an 8-4 overall record, including a victory in the Motor City Bowl.

Prior to coaching at Mississippi, Lovett worked as defensive coordinator at the University of Maine for two stints. He first went to Orono in 1985 and served as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 1985-88, and then returned in 1994 to serve as defensive coordinator for the Black Bears. The 1987 team won the conference championship and qualified for the Division I-AA playoffs.

Lovett began his career in coaching at Saint Joseph's Region High School in Montvale, N.J., in 1976. He started his college career in 1978 at Union College in New York, where he worked until 1982. Lovett spent the 1983 season in the Ivy League at Brown, and then moved back to New York to work under Joe Walton as the New York Jets' defensive quality control coach in 1984. In 1989, he joined head coach Tim Murphy at the University of Cincinnati, where he remained until 1992. In 1993, he coached at UNLV as the secondary coach.

Lovett graduated from C.W. Post College in December of 1973 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in fall 2008. He initially was a walk-on, but quickly earned a scholarship and served as the team's co-captain as a senior in 1973. At the completion of his career, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Denver and he earned his Master's Degree in 1975. The next year he entered the coaching profession.

He and his wife Carol live in Cincinnati.

Born: Dec. 1, 1950
Hometown: Nyack, N.Y.
Wife: Carol
Education: C.W. Post College (1973, B.A.); Denver (1975, M.A.)

Playing Career
1970-93: C.W. Post College (Linebacker)

Coaching Career
Year School Position
1976-77 St. Joseph Regional HS (N.J.) Assistant Coach
1978-82 Union College Assistant Coach
1983 Brown University Assistant Coach
1984 New York Jets Defensive Quality Control
1985-88 Maine Defensive Coordinator/DB
1989-92 Cincinnati Defensive Coordinator
1993 UNLV Defensive Backs
1994 Maine Defensive Coordinator
1994-98 Ole Miss Defensive Backs
1999-2001 Auburn Defensive Coordinator
2002-04 Clemson Defensive Coordinator
2005-06 Bowling Green Defensive Coordinator/LB/DB
2007-08 North Carolina Special Teams Coordinator
2009-10 Miami (Fla.) Defensive Coordinator
2012 Texas Tech Defensive Backs
2013- Cincinnati Defensive Backs