• Returned to his alma mater on Feb. 24, 2016, when he was named OU’s defensive line coach.
• "It’s a dream come true," said Thibodeaux of returning to OU. "To have this opportunity is special. It’s home, I know the culture, I know what the expectations are. It’s truly a blessing. When I got into coaching back in 2008, it was always one of my goals to come back home. For it to happen is just remarkable."
• Headlined by second-team All-Big 12 selection Jordan Wade, Thibodeaux’s 2016 defensive line unit helped OU rank second in the Big 12 by allowing 162.6 rushing yards per game.
• Returned to OU after serving the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas (2015; defensive line), Tulsa (2012-14; defensive tackles) and Dartmouth (2011; defensive line). He was also the defensive line coach at Navarro Junior College in 2010 and served as a defensive graduate assistant at Houston during in 2008 and ’09.
• Tutored Kansas defensive end Ben Goodman to honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2015. Goodman started all 12 games at defensive end and totaled 51 tackles and team highs of 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
• At Tulsa, coached Derrick Jackson to 2012 All-Conference USA honors. Jackson teamed with Daeshon Bufford to combine for 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as the Golden Hurricane finished with an 11-3 mark, including a win in the Liberty Bowl.
• Credited with improving the TU pass rush from 27 sacks in 2011 (the season prior to his arrival) to 53 sacks in 2012.
• In lone season at Dartmouth, helped the Big Green post its first winning season in Ivy League play in seven years and coached first-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-New England defensive tackle Eddie Smith.
• Helped Navarro College post an 11-1 record and win the 2010 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship.
• The Bulldogs registered 41 sacks while ranking 11th nationally in rushing defense and 12 nationally in total defense. Tutored NJCAA All-American and Championship Game Defensive MVP Toby Jackson.
• Prior to working at Navarro, served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Houston for two seasons, working specifically with the defensive line and the outside linebackers.
• During his first year with the Cougars, defensive end Phillip Hunt, who amassed 14.0 sacks, was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER
• Played at OU from the 2002 through 2006 seasons, helping the Sooners win three Big 12 championships and make appearances in the Rose, Sugar (BCS Championship), Orange (BCS Championship), Holiday and Fiesta Bowls, respectively.
• A second-team All-Big 12 pick in 2005, logging 44 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss and a league-high 10.0 sacks (sixth most in school history).
• Finished OU career with 90 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks.
• Signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 2007 and played in two preseason games.
• Jordan Wade (Oklahoma); All-Big 12 Second Team
• Phillip Hunt (Houston), Edmonton Eskimos; All-Conference USA First Team and Defensive Player of the Year
• David Hunter (Houston)
• Sammy Brown (Houston)
• Calvin Barnett (Navarro JC)
• Eddie Smith (Dartmouth); All-Ivy League First Team
• Cameron Henderson (Navarro JC)
• Toby Jackson (Navarro JC); NJCAA All-American; Defensive MVP of NJCAA championship game