BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Birmingham-Southern coach Joe Judge will become the next head coach of the NFL East New York Giants. Judge began is full-time coaching career on the Hilltop as the linebackers coach in 2008. One of five candidates, the 38 year old Philadelphia native was most recently the special teams coordinator for the New England Patriots.
"The year that I played for coach Joe Judge at Birmingham-Southern was one of the most fun seasons that I had in my playing career," said former BSC linebacker Matt Laird. "He cares about his guys, and in return, his guys will run through a brick wall for him."
The following information is available on giants.com from an article written by Michael Eisen, senior writer/editor:
Judge was on the Patriots' staff when they won Super Bowls in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and coached at the University of Alabama when the Crimson Tide captured BCS titles in 2009 and 2011.
He met with Giants president John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman, vice president of football operations Kevin Abrams and other staff at the team's headquarters, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
The Giants interviewed four candidates last week: Dallas Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach Kris Richard, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale and Mike McCarthy, the former Green Bay Packers coach.
Pat Shurmur was dismissed as Giants head coach on Monday.
Under Judge's leadership in 2019, the Patriots finished ninth in the NFL in three significant special teams categories - punt return (8.0-yard average) and punt (6.3) and kickoff coverage (20.9). They were 17th in kickoff returns with an average of 22.1 yards on 26 runbacks.
In part because of injuries, New England this season used four kickers, who combined to make 27 of 34 field goal attempts and 39 of 45 extra point tries.
Judge also had to maneuver through injuries and roster turnover at wide receiver. But Julian Edelman, the Super Bowl LIII MVP, caught 100 passes and led the team with six touchdown receptions.
Judge began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mississippi State, where he was a graduate assistant from 2005-07. He served as the special teams/linebackers coach at Birmingham-Southern in 2008. The following year, he began a three-year stint as a special teams assistant/football analyst at Alabama.
Judge joined the Patriots as assistant special teams coach in 2012 and was promoted to special teams coach following Scott O'Brien's retirement in 2015.
Under Judge's guidance in 2018, Patriots special teams played a key role in the team's Super Bowl LIII victory against the Los Angeles Rams. New England's punt team repeatedly pinned the Rams' offense deep in their own territory throughout the game, forcing the Rams to start three of their drives inside their own 10-yard line. Special teams were also critical in a Week 7 victory at Chicago, scoring touchdowns on a kickoff return and a blocked punt.
Judge was born in Philadelphia, where his father, Joseph, played football at Temple and later with the Hamilton Tigercats of the CFL.
Judge played at Mississippi State from 2000-04, earning three letters. He and his wife, Amber, a former Mississippi State soccer player, have four children.
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