HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison football assistant coach Maurice "Mo" Linguist has left the program's coaching staff to serve as the defensive secondary coach at the University at Buffalo, Head Coach Mickey Matthews announced today.
"Mo has been a good recruiter and a great on-the-field coach for us," Matthews said. "We will surely miss him here at JMU, but we wish him all the best at Buffalo and in his future endeavors."
Linguist has spent the past three years at JMU, coaching the safeties, and helped the Dukes to an 7-4 regular season record this past fall and an NCAA playoff appearance. In addition, The Sports Network selected the James Madison 2012 recruiting class as the best in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Prior to James Madison, Linguist served as defensive backs and special teams coach at Valdosta (Ga.) State, helping the program to a 9-3 record and a ranking of No. 12 in Division II in 2008.
Linguist began his coaching career at his alma mater of Baylor, coaching strong safeties and rover backs as a graduate assistant in 2007. As a senior at Baylor, he was the Bears' defensive most valuable player as a strong safety, an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and a second-team conference all-academic honoree. He played in 42 games, starting 24 at Baylor and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bears. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications and a masters degree in sports management from Baylor.