Coaches

Jeff Popovich
Defensive Quality Control Coach
College:
Miami (FL)
Hometown:
Tucson, AZ
Experience:
2

Jeff Popovich enters his second season with the Colts and his first as defensive quality control coach. He served as assistant to the head coach in his first season with Indianapolis. Popovich has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent two seasons in the NFL as a player.

 

Popovich previously served as an assistant coach working with the cornerbacks at the University of Texas at San Antonio for three years (2013-15).

 

Prior to UTSA, Popovich spent six seasons (2007-2012) as an assistant coach at Florida International, where he mentored the defensive backs, serving as the program’s pro liaison and was the special teams coordinator during his final year in 2012. He was named one of the nation’s top recruiters at a non-Bowl Championship Series Conference program by Rivals.com in 2012. Popovich began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Larry Coker at his alma mater, the University of Miami, working with the defensive backs and special teams from 2005-06.

 

A four-year letterwinner at Miami from 1996-99, Popovich played all four seasons under the tutelage of Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who served as secondary/special teams coach for the Hurricanes from 1995-2000. Popovich appeared in 48 games (11 starts) at Miami and totaled 154 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble as a safety. He was a three-time Big East All-Academic Team selection and an Academic All-America candidate. In 2000, Popovich earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and served as a student coach for the Hurricanes.

 

Popovich played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2000 preseason and for the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. He was also a member of the 2001 Barcelona Dragons squad that played in the World Bowl.

 

A native of Tucson, Ariz., Popovich was a star quarterback and defensive back on the football team and a record-setting track and field athlete at Sabino High School in Tucson. He is married to the former Lara Hargreaves and the couple has two daughters, Sayle and Copeleigh.

 

Coaching Career

2000                Miami (Fla.)                                         Student Coach

2005-2006       Miami (Fla.)                                         Graduate Assistant

2007-2011       Florida International                            Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)

2012                Florida International                            Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive

Backs

2013-2015       University of Texas at San Antonio    Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)

2016                Indianapolis Colts                                Assistant to the Head Coach

2017                Indianapolis Colts                                Defensive Quality Control

Jeff Popovich enters his second season with the Colts and his first as defensive quality control coach. He served as assistant to the head coach in his first season with Indianapolis. Popovich has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent two seasons in the NFL as a player.

 

Popovich previously served as an assistant coach working with the cornerbacks at the University of Texas at San Antonio for three years (2013-15).

 

Prior to UTSA, Popovich spent six seasons (2007-2012) as an assistant coach at Florida International, where he mentored the defensive backs, serving as the program’s pro liaison and was the special teams coordinator during his final year in 2012. He was named one of the nation’s top recruiters at a non-Bowl Championship Series Conference program by Rivals.com in 2012. Popovich began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Larry Coker at his alma mater, the University of Miami, working with the defensive backs and special teams from 2005-06.

 

A four-year letterwinner at Miami from 1996-99, Popovich played all four seasons under the tutelage of Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who served as secondary/special teams coach for the Hurricanes from 1995-2000. Popovich appeared in 48 games (11 starts) at Miami and totaled 154 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble as a safety. He was a three-time Big East All-Academic Team selection and an Academic All-America candidate. In 2000, Popovich earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and served as a student coach for the Hurricanes.

 

Popovich played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2000 preseason and for the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. He was also a member of the 2001 Barcelona Dragons squad that played in the World Bowl.

 

A native of Tucson, Ariz., Popovich was a star quarterback and defensive back on the football team and a record-setting track and field athlete at Sabino High School in Tucson. He is married to the former Lara Hargreaves and the couple has two daughters, Sayle and Copeleigh.

 

Coaching Career

2000                Miami (Fla.)                                         Student Coach

2005-2006       Miami (Fla.)                                         Graduate Assistant

2007-2011       Florida International                            Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)

2012                Florida International                            Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive

Backs

2013-2015       University of Texas at San Antonio    Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)

2016                Indianapolis Colts                                Assistant to the Head Coach

2017                Indianapolis Colts                                Defensive Quality Control