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Anthony Poindexter
Penn State Nittany Lions
Position:Co-defensive coordinator & safeties coach
Personal information
Born: (1976-07-28) July 28, 1976 (age 45)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Forest (VA) Jefferson Forest
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 216
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
  • Virginia (2003)
    Graduate assistant
  • Virginia (2004–2005)
    Running backs coach
  • Virginia (2006–2008)
    Running backs coach & assistant special teams
  • Virginia (2009)
    Defensive backs coach & assistant special teams
  • Virginia (2010–2012)
    Safeties coach & special teams
  • Virginia (2013)
  • Connecticut (2014–2016)
    Defensive coordinator & safeties coach
  • Purdue (2017–2020)
    Co-defensive coordinator & safeties coach
  • Penn State (2021–present)
    Co-defensive coordinator & safeties coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Anthony Scott Poindexter (born July 28, 1976) is an American football coach and former safety, who is the current safeties coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions. He played college football at Virignia from 1995 to 1998 for head coach George Welsh, and earned All-American honors. He then played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns from 1999 to 2001.

Early years

Poindexter, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, attended New London Academy, Forest Middle School, and Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Virginia.[1] In middle school, he played quarterback and led his team to an undefeated season. While attending high school, Anthony was a three sport athlete who excelled in football, Baseball and basketball.[1] Playing quarterback and safety, Poindexter led the Cavaliers to back-to-back Division 3 football championships, defeating Matoaca High School in both finals.[2] Poindexter earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior and was selected as the 1993 AP Group AA Player of the Year as a senior.[1] Poindexter was drafted by the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball during his senior season of high school.[2][3]

College career

Poindexter accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Virginia and he played safety for coach George Welsh's Virginia Cavaliers football team from 1995 to 1998. He was compared[by whom?] to NFL players, such as Ronnie Lott, for his hard-hitting style. As a redshirt freshman in 1995, Poindexter teamed with fellow defensive back Adrian Burnim in one of the most famous plays in Cavalier history as the two stopped Florida State's running back Warrick Dunn inches from the goal line, defeating the second ranked Seminoles 32-28.[1] In 1996, he made a school record with 98 tackles and as a junior in 1997 he finished with 78.[4] As a junior, Poindexter had the choice between declaring himself for the 1998 NFL Draft or staying in college for his senior year. Draft experts projected that he would likely be drafted in the first round, but Poindexter stayed at Virginia for his senior season but watched his draft stock plummet as injuries corrupted his senior season. The Cavaliers were expected to have a very strong team and were ranked as high as the top ten. In the first seven games of the season, Poindexter made 73 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions.

In a game against N.C. State in 1998, Poindexter made a tackle on wide receiver Chris Coleman but he twisted his left leg and tore his ACL and two other ligaments. His season at Virginia was over, and possibly his professional career; he could not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine or the Virginia Pro Day.

Poindexter's No. 3 [UVA] jersey was retired on October 10, 2009.[5]

Poindexter was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2020.[6]

Professional career

His chances of getting drafted were slim and depended on the teams doctors' opinions. It was the Baltimore Ravens who dared to take a chance on Poindexter by drafting him in the seventh round with the 216th overall pick. In his rookieseason, he was placed on the injured reserve list and he returned for the Ravens' championship season in 2000. He played in 10 games on special teams where he caused one forced fumble. He did not play in Super Bowl XXXV, however. Shortly after the game, he was released, but was picked up by the Cleveland Browns in June 2001. He was released again in September that same year and never played another NFL game.

Coaching career

After the end of his NFL career in 2001, Poindexter returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant. He eventually made his way up the coaching totem pole and was the safeties coach at the end of his tenure at the University of Virginia.

In 2014, Poindexter accepted a position at the University of Connecticut as the defensive coordinator/safeties coach.

In 2017, Poindexter was hired as the co-defensive coordinator (along with Nick Holt) and safeties coach. Purdue has made two bowl games in his tenure as defensive coordinator.

In 2021, Poindexter was hired as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Penn State.


  1. ^ a b c d Feldkamp, Justin. "Poindexter and Berry Honored by VHSL Hall of Fame". Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Jennifer. "CAV-TO-BE DOMINATES ON DEFENSE". Daily Press. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Poindexter Named to Virginia High School Hall of Fame". University of Virginia. July 11, 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
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  5. ^ "Anthony Poindexter". University of Virginia. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Anthony Poindexter Named To 2020 Class of College Football Hall of Fame". Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 7 January 2021.