Tim Daoust is in his first season as the Sam Houston State defensive line coach, coming to the Kats after two years as defensive coordinator at Western Michigan.
It was his second stint with the Broncos after coaching the defensive line and secondary from 2006-09. Prior to his most-recent stint in Kalamazoo, he was at Ball State where he was the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator for the 2016 season.
Western Michigan had two linebackers and two defensive backs pick up All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2017. Cornerback Darius Phillips was a first team selection, while cornerback Sam Beal and linebacker Robert Spillane were second team selections. Linebacker Asantay Brown was a third team recognition.
Both Phillips and Beal were taken in the NFL Draft, as Phillips went in the fifth round to the Cincinnati Bengals and Beal was a third round pick in the supplemental draft by the New York Giants. Brown (Philadelphia Eagles) and Spillane (Tennessee Titans) were each picked up as undrafted free agents.
In the 2017 season-opener at No. 4 ranked USC, WMU’s defense had two interceptions and two sacks against Trojan quarterback and No. 3 overall NFL draft pick Sam Darnold. In game four of the season, the Broncos recorded 13 tackles for a loss against Wagner, the most in a game for WMU since 2003. Eleven different Broncos recorded a TFL, totaling 45 yards.
During the 2016 season Daoust’s defense at Ball State had its best single-game performance in 10 years when it sacked Eastern Kentucky eight times. In that game, Ball State allowed just three rushing yards, the fewest since Nov. 24, 2007. For the season, the Cardinals created pressure, finishing in the top-30 in the FBS and second in the MAC in both sacks and tackles for loss.
Prior to going to Muncie, Daoust was at Syracuse from 2011-15, serving as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. While there he helped the Orange win two bowl games, the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl and 2013 Texas Bowl, and capture a share of the 2012 Big East Championship.
He coached two Orange players who were later drafted in the NFL Draft - defensive lineman Jason Bromley in the third round of the 2013 draft by the N.Y. Giants and defensive lineman Chandler Jones in the first round of the 2012 draft by the New England Patriots. He also mentored the No. 2 ranked punt returner in the nation in 2015, Brisly Estime, who averaged 18.1 yards per return. In 2015, Syracuse’s defense scored the most non-offensive touchdowns in the ACC in 2015 (six).
In his first stint in Kalamazoo, Daoust was part of a Bronco staff that set the previous high for most wins in a season in 2008 with nine, before being broken in 2016. His 2006 squad led the nation in both interceptions (24) and sacks (46).
During his coaching career he has also spent time at Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois State and Northern Illinois.
Daoust played four years of collegiate football at Wittenberg as a defensive end (1998-01). While there, he posted 27.5 career sacks, second most in school history. He was a two-time captain and had a four-year record of 45-5 with four league titles and four appearances in NCAA Division III national playoffs.
Daoust and his wife Jen (Emming) have three young daughters; Leona, Nora and Josephine.