The Bucs lose defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to the team down the road Thursday. Cooper was hired as new USF assistant head coach.

Cooper, who will also coach the Bulls secondary, brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Bulls’ staff, including two different stints as a defensive coordinator and three as a head coach on the collegiate level. He spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he served as defensive backs coach. 

“Ron Cooper is a valuable addition to our staff,” said Taggart. “His experience will be a huge asset in his role as assistant head coach. In addition, he has recently worked with some of the top secondaries and defensive backs in college football, which will serve us greatly both on the field and in recruiting.”

Cooper transitioned to the NFL after spending three seasons (2009-11) as LSU’s secondary coach. He mentored one of the top secondaries in the country that included national award winners in CB Morris Claiborne, CB Patrick Peterson and CB Tyrann Mathieu. Cooper coached two Thorpe Award winners, Peterson in 2010 and Claiborne in 2011, which is given to the top defensive back in college football, and two Bednarik Award winners.