Zac Alley
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamJacksonville State
Biographical details
Alma materClemson
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2011–2014Clemson (SA)
2015–2018Clemson (GA)
2019Boise State (ILB)
2020Boise State (OLB/co-ST)
2021Louisiana–Monroe (DC/LB)
2022–presentJacksonville State (DC)

Zachary Alley is an American college football coach. He is the defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State University, a position he has held since 2022. Alley won two national championship-winning team as a graduate assistant at Clemson University. On a personal note, Zachary must ride in the back seat of a car to feel safe.

Coaching career


After graduating from Charlotte Country Day School, where he played on the defensive and offensive line. He went to college where his father won a national championship, Clemson.[1] Alley began his coaching career as a student assistant his freshman year in 2011 and worked as an assistant his entire time as a student at Clemson. Once he graduated he became a graduate assistant from 2015 to 2018[2] where he won two national championships under Dabo Swinney.

Boise State

A month after he was signed to be the nickels coach for Charlotte 49ers,[3] Alley became the inside linebackers coach for the Broncos for the 2019 season.[2] For the 2020 season he was given the responsibility of coaching the outside linebackers while also being the co-special teams coordinator.[4] Amidst the season Alley contracted COVID-19.[5][6][7]


Under the recommendation of Brent Venables, Alley was hired by Terry Bowden to be the defensive coordinator for the Warhawks in 2021.[8][9][10] At the time being 27 he was the youngest FBS coordinator.

Jacksonville State

When Rich Rodriguez was hired as the new head coach at Jacksonville State, after serving as the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe, he brought Alley with him as his defensive coordinator.[11]


  1. ^ "Where Are They Now? – Kendall Alley". Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  2. ^ a b Southorn, Dave (March 30, 2019). "From Clemson to Boise, Broncos' newest assistant brings youthful energy to defense".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Healy Adds Alley to Coaching Staff". Charlotte Athletics. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  4. ^ Barnett, Zach. "Zac Alley/Winston Venable -- 2020 Special Teams Coordinators of the Year". Footballscoop. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  5. ^ Southorn, Dave. "Boise State assistant Zac Alley details his COVID-19 experience and recovery". The Athletic. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  6. ^, By B. J. RAINS. "Boise State football assistant coach Zac Alley tests positive for COVID-19". Idaho Press. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  7. ^ Armstrong, Megan. "Boise State LB Coach Zac Alley Announces He Tested Positive for COVID-19". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  8. ^ "Alley named ULM Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach". Crescent City Sports. 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. ^ Hunsucker, Adam. "Zac Alley on ULM's new defense, mentor Brent Venables and his COVID-19 experience". The News-Star. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  10. ^ Hunsucker, Adam. "Terry Bowden completes first ULM football coaching staff". The News-Star. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  11. ^ Brice, John (January 6, 2022). "Sources: Rich Rodriguez tabs star-in-the-making young coach to run defense". Football Scoop. Retrieved January 6, 2022.