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Tim Tibesar
Personal information
Born: (1972-08-27) August 27, 1972 (age 49)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Career information
High school:Saint Agnes
(Saint Paul, Minnesota)
College:North Dakota
Career history
As a coach:
  • San Diego State (1997)
    Student assistant
  • Grossmont JC (1998)
    Linebackers coach
  • California (1999)
    Graduate assistant
  • Cornell (2000)
    Tight ends coach
  • North Dakota (2001–2003)
    Linebackers coach
  • North Dakota (2004–2005)
    Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
  • Kansas State (2006)
    Special teams coordinator
  • Kansas State (2007–2008)
    Defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach
  • Montreal Alouettes (20092010)
    Linebackers coach
  • Montreal Alouettes (2011)
    Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
  • Purdue (2012)
    Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
  • Chicago Bears (2013)
    Linebackers coach
  • Northwestern (2014)
    Defensive consultant
  • Wisconsin (2015–2016)
    Outside linebackers coach
  • Wisconsin (2017)
    Defensive run game coordinator & outside linebackers coach
  • Oregon State (2018–2021)
    Defensive coordinator & outside linebackers coach
Career highlights and awards

Tim Tibesar (born August 27, 1972) is an American football coach who formerly was the defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Oregon State University.

Coaching career

Tibesar began his coaching career at San Diego State in 1997 as a student assistant and was later an assistant coach at Grossmont College in 1998, where he coached linebackers.[1] After a stint as a graduate assistant at California and as the tight ends coach at Cornell, Tibesar returned to his alma mater North Dakota as linebackers coach, eventually being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2004. He left North Dakota to be the special teams coordinator at Kansas State in 2006. Tibesar was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2007 and was not retained when Kansas State head coach Ron Prince was fired and replaced with Bill Snyder.[2] Tibesar's departure was highlighted when he filed a lawsuit against the university for additional compensation after he wasn't retained, leading to the university to discover an alleged secret deal between Prince and then-athletic director Bob Krause.[3]

Tibesar was named the linebackers coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2009, where he won two Grey Cups as an assistant coach. After one season as the Alouettes' defensive coordinator, Tibesar returned to the collegiate ranks as the defensive coordinator at Purdue.[4][5] Tibesar spent only one season at Purdue before leaving to coach the linebackers for the Chicago Bears under former Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman.[6] He was fired by the Bears after the season, ending his short tenure with the organization.[7] After working as a defensive consultant for Northwestern in 2014, Tibesar was named the outside linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 2015.[8][9]

Tibesar was named the defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Oregon State in December 2017.[10][11] He was terminated by Oregon State on November 7, 2021, the day after a 37-34 loss to Colorado.[12]


  1. ^ "First NFL job a dream come true for Tibesar". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Assistants departing Kansas State football". KUSports. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  3. ^ "K-State suing in Krause-Prince secret deal". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Tim Tibesar Named Defensive Coordinator". Purdue University Athletics. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Ex-CFL assistant Tim Tibesar to Purdue". ESPN. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Tim Tibesar among three new Bears assistant coaches". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Bears fire ex-UND coach Tibesar". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Wisconsin hires Daronte' Jones & Tim Tibesar as assistant coaches". Big Ten Conference. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Two more added to football staff". Wisconsin Badgers. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  10. ^ "OSU football: Four more to join staff". Associated Press. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Oregon State football adds Tim Tibesar as defensive coordinator; Trent Bray as linebackers coach; 2 Hawaii assistants". The Oregonian. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  12. ^ "OSU Football parts ways with defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar". KOIN. Retrieved November 7, 2021.