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Ex-Herd coach Rippon joins staff at Columbia

Mar. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Former Marshall University football defensive coordinator Chris Rippon now has a job in the Ivy League.

Rippon is the new defensive coordinator at Columbia University. The school made the announcement Thursday.

"Chris's background fits well with our team philosophy. He has coached at the highest levels of college football, and knows 'New York' high school football," Lions head coach Pete Mangurian said in a news release. "He is committed to making this transition easy for our players, which is very easy to say and hard to do."

Columbia went 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy League in 2012.

Rippon called Marshall's defenses for three seasons. He stepped down after the Thundering Herd's 65-59 overtime loss at East Carolina in the final game of the 2012 season. Rippon's defense allowed 50 points or more four times and two teams were able to clear the 60-point mark.

Marshall's defense ranked among the worst nationally. The Herd gave up 43.1 points 456.8 total yards per game. Going into the East Carolina game, the Herd ranked 97th nationally in total defense, 106th in rushing defense and 116th in scoring defense.

Before joining Doc Holliday's staff at Marshall prior to the 2010 season, Rippon worked as special teams coordinator at Rutgers in 2008. He held the same position at Ole Miss from 2005-08. He was also the defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2003 at Syracuse under Paul Pasqualoni.

Over the course of his career, Rippon has coached 22 players that have been drafted into the National Football League, including five first-round draft picks.

Rippon is a 1982 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, where he played football and earned a degree in physical education. He received his master's degree in agency counseling from Western Connecticut State in 1985.

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