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Kyle Gillenwater
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Asst. HC for Defense
Other Position: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Asst. HC for Defense
Hometown: Powhatan, Va.
Alma Mater: Bridgewater
Graduating Year: 1987
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At JMU: Coaches the linebackers and was named defensive coordinator before the 2009 spring practice period... Primary Recruiting Area: Virginia's Route 29 corridor... joined the JMU staff with head coach Mickey Matthews... Coached 2011 First Team All-CAA selection Stephon Robertson and Pat Williams, a Second Team pick... had the 2010 CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year and Third-Team All-CAA pick in Stephon Robertson... in 2009 coached Pat Williams, who was Third-Team All-CAA... in 2007 Justin Barnes was Second-Team All-CAA... in 2006 coached Akeem Jordan and Isaiah Dottin-Carter, First-Team All-Atlantic 10 picks... Jordan was national defensive player of the year by College Sporting News and runner-up for national defender of the year by The Sports Network, state Division I defender of the year by Virginia's sports information directors and was named to four All-America first teams... in 2005 Jordan was second-team all-league... in 2004 coached Kwynn Walton (first-team All-A-10 and third-team All-America by The Sports Network) and Trey Townsend (second-team All-A-10)... Dennard Melton was second-team All-A-10 in 2003 and third-team in 2002... Derrick Lloyd in 2001 won the Buck Buchanan Award and was named to four All-America first teams... Mike Luckie and Derick Pack were First-Team All-A-10 in 1999... Pack was first-team All-A-10 in 2000 and 2001 and Lloyd second team in 2000 and first team in 2001... in 1999 Pack was the regular-season tackles leader in the A-10, Second-Team All-America by the Associated Press and a finalist for the Buchanan Award... in 2000 he led the A-10 in tackles and was first-team All-America by Football Weekly and third team by The Sports Network... Lloyd led the A-10 in tackles and was the national leader in solo stops in 2001.

Before JMU: Coached Elon's defensive line from 1996-98... coached at Hargrave Military Academy and was Marshall's assisant  linebackers coach in 1994 while JMU coach Mickey Matthews was defensive coordinator there... coached the defensive backs and was recruiting coordinator at Bridgewater from 1989-91... U.S. Achievement Academy All-America and academic All-America at Bridgewater.

Bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in physical education and a master's in education... his wife, Elizabeth, is a JMU graduate and a special education teacher.  They have three sons, Josh (22), Trey (9), and Thomas James (4).

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