HARRISONBURG, Va. - Former James Madison standout Tony LeZotte joined the Dukes' coaching staff as a defensive assistant, Head Coach Mickey Matthews announced today. LeZotte was a four-time All-American and a four-time First Team All-League selection at JMU from 2004-2007.
In his career at JMU, LeZotte recorded 416 tackles, good for sixth on JMU's all-time list, and ranks first among defensive backs. He also recorded seven interceptions, including one returned 100 yards for a touchdown, and 25 pass deflections. His 144 tackles in 2004 were the most on the team and helped propel the Dukes to a National Championship, earning him Atlantic-10 and CollegeSportsReport.com Freshman of the Year honors. He was the league's first four-time All-America and four-time First Team All-League player and only the second player in JMU history to be elected as a team captain for three years.
A native of Augusta, Ga., LeZotte was named to the Walter Camp Foundation's All-America First Team twice during his career and was honored on a combined five All-America teams in 2004 and 2007. He was also named All-ECAC twice, Defensive Player of the Year three times (Roanoke Times in 2004, Atlantic 10 in 2005 and CAA in 2007).
"Tony LeZotte was a great football player," Matthews said. "In addition to that he was one of the smartest players we have ever had. When he was playing, it was like having a coach on the field. I'm certain he will enhance our coaching staff in many areas."
After graduating with a bachelor's in kinesiology with a concentration in sports management and minor in business in 2008, LeZotte played a short stint in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. Since 2008, he has been coaching offensive and defensive backs as a member of his brother Matt LeZotte's(JMU '04) staff at Aquinas High School in Georgia.