Tony Tademy joined the TCU football staff in June 2005.
The play of the linebackers was instrumental in the Horned Frogs leading the nation in total defense three of the last four seasons.
Tademy has coached multiple All-Mountain West selections in each of his seven years at TCU. Four Horned Frog linebackers in the last five seasons are active in the National Football League.
Tademy saw Tank Carder repeat as MW Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, while Kenny Cain grabbed a spot on the All-MW second team. Carder was a fifth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
Daryl Washington was a 2010 second-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals, while David Hawthorne was the Seattle Seahawks' leading tackler the last three seasons before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints. In 2008, Jason Phillips and Robert Henson were both first-team All-MW and NFL draft selections. Phillips was the first pick in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens, while Henson was a sixth-round choice by the Washington Redskins.
In 2010, Carder was a first-team All-American and the Rose Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player. Fellow linebacker Tanner Brock led TCU with 106 tackles as he garnered first-team MW accolades in his first year in the starting lineup.
The 2009 campaign saw Washington and Carder, in their first season as starters, earn first- and second-team All-MW honors, respectively. Washington was named to four All-America teams in addition to being a Butkus Award semifinalist.
Phillips became the first defensive player in MW history to be a first- or second-team all-conference selection in four consecutive seasons. Henson was an honorable-mention pick his first three years before becoming a first-team honoree as a senior.
Phillips was named by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the state's Best Linebacker in 2007, while Hawthorne, a three-year starter (2005-07), signed a free-agent contract with the Seahawks.
In 2005, Tademy's first season, TCU's top three linebackers featured a pair of redshirt freshmen (Phillips and Henson) and a sophomore (Hawthorne). The Frogs were still able to post an 11-1 record with a defensive unit that led the nation in turnover margin (+21), interceptions (26) and takeaways (40). Phillips became the first freshman defensive player in MWC history to be named first- or second-team all-conference. He was also a Freshman All-American.
Prior to arriving at TCU, Tademy spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at McKinney (Texas) High School.
Tademy has been in the coaching profession since earning his bachelor's degree in general studies from Louisiana Tech in 1983. While an undergrad, he played linebacker and helped the Bulldogs to a pair of Independence Bowl appearances.
Tademy's first full-time assistant coaching stint came at VMI from 1985-86 when current TCU assistant head coach and offensive line coach Eddie Williamson was the Keydets' head coach.
Tademy coached the 1987 season at Louisiana Tech, serving as the inside linebackers coach. He later became the offensive line and specialists coach at Howard University, where he also coached linebackers and was the recruiting coordinator.
Tademy spent three seasons (1994-96) at the University of Houston, working with the defensive ends under coach Kim Helton and helping the Cougars to the 1996 Liberty Bowl.
Tademy returned to the high school ranks as an assistant coach at Texas City (Texas) High School from 1997-98, before taking over as the defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette from 1999-01. He spent one season as the defensive coordinator at Blinn College before becoming the defensive coordinator at McKinney in 2003.
A Jacksonville, Ark., native, Tademy and his wife, Maria, have two sons: A.J. and Victor.
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