Michael Briglin – Defensive Secondary
Mike Briglin brings his expertise to head coach Jason Sport’s staff in 2021 as the Bruins defensive back coach.
Briglin, a native of Oswego, New York, joins the Bruins staff after spending one season as the safeties coach at Abilene Christian University. Prior to Abilene, he spent five seasons at Clemson University (2015-2019), as a defensive GA working in a support staff role in the secondary with safeties coach, Mickey Conn. Briglin’s five year tenure at Clemson saw the Tigers go on an unprecedented run that captured two national championships.
Briglin served under Coach Brent Venables, recipient of the 2016 Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. That season the Tigers finished with a Top 10 total defense and the 2016 group amassed 130 tackles for loss along with a then-school-record 49 total sacks. His 2018 group led the country in scoring defense (13.1 per game), ranked #4 in rushing defense, #5 in total defense, produced five All-Americans, and broke the school record for sacks with 54, the third most in FBS since 2000. Over the five year span that Coach Briglin spent in South Carolina, the Tigers defense led the nation in tackles for loss and sacks.
Briglin has been integral in the development of several outstanding football players including, linebacker Isaiah Simmons (2019 Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker), Dorian O’Daniel (2017 Butkus Award finalist), Tre Lamar (2018 Butkus Award finalist), Ben Boulware (Walter Camp 2nd Team All-American), and All-ACC honoree Tanner Muse.
Coach Briglin was part of the most wins in a five year span in the history of the ACC as the Tigers went 55-4. Those Clemson teams made four trips to the college football playoffs, won four consecutive ACC Championships, finished as national runners-ups (2015), won an Orange Bowl over Oklahoma, won a Fiesta Bowl over Ohio State, won a Cotton Bowl over Notre Dame, and played in the Sugar Bowl.
Before his stint at Clemson, Briglin spent five seasons at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio where he served as running backs coach (2010-11) and outside linebackers coach (2012-2014).
His lone high school coaching experience came in 2009 as the defensive coordinator at Moanalua High School in Pearl Harbor Hawaii where his team won the OIA Championship. Prior to becoming the linebackers coach at Moanalua High, Briglin spent 2006-2008 in NFL Youth Development at Moral Welfare & Recreation in Hawaii. Coach Briglin’s heart poured into the foundation for a youth program that grew and captured 3 youth titles.
Briglin, 46, received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oswego University, and earned two masters degrees from Clemson University in Athletic Leadership & Youth Development Leadership. He served in the Army from 1991-1996 where he spent time in Bosnia, Somalia, and Hati. He has two sons Brandon & Quintin.
Season……… Playoff Round (School)
2018………….. NCAA Division 1 National Champions (Clemson)
2017………….. NCAA Division 1 National Semi-Finals Sugar Bowl (Clemson)
2016………….. NCAA Division 1 National Champions (Clemson)
2015………….. NCAA Division 1 National Runners-Up (Clemson)
THE BRIGLIN PERSONAL FILE
Birthdate: July 30, 1974
Birthplace: Oswego, New York
Hometown: Oswego, New York
Family: Two sons, Brandon & Quintin