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Derrick Burroughs
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach

Former Buffalo Bills defensive back, Derrick Burroughs, returns to the state of Tennessee where he played for the University of Memphis. Burroughs was named as the Athletic Director and head football coach for Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Burroughs’ Tennessee roots stems from his football accolades as a defensive back from 1980 – 1985. He was first team all conference, voted Defensive Player of the Year, was selected to the 1985 Blue Gray All-Star team where he was voted the game’s defensive MVP and went on to be selected to the Senior Bowl. Burroughs graduated from Memphis receiving a degree in Criminal Justice/ Criminology. Immediately following, he continued his football career as the 14th overall player taken in the 1st round by the Buffalo Bills in the 1985 NFL draft.

Burroughs was forced to retired from professional football following a serious neck injury but vowed to remain dedicated to the sport as mentor and coach. His 14 years as coach with National Football League (NFL) teams in the US and Europe, including Arena and the XFL football leagues and a five year participation in the NFL minority internship-coaching program, has landed him back with his passion for coaching at the collegiate level. Prior to his current position at Lane College, he has coached at nationally recognized colleges and universities including Alabama State University, Clark College in Atlanta and Knoxville College. He has a passion for coaching the defensive side of the ball and has held positions that include: Director of Operations and Cornerback coach for the UFL; Defensive Coordinator; Pass Defense Coordinator; Assistant Head Coach; and, Receivers, Special Teams and Defensive Back Coach at the NFL and collegiate levels.

The Burroughs Report
Personal Information
Birthdate: May 18, 1962, Mobile Alabama
Children: Shahmirria, Mario, and Raven
High School: Blount High School, Mobile, Alabama
College : University of Memphis, 1985
Playing Experience
1980-85 Memphis Defensive Back
1985-91 Buffalo Bills Defensive Back 1st Round, 14th Player taken
Coaching Experience
1995 Knoxville College
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
1998 Amsterdam Admirals
NFL Europe, DB’s & Special Teams Coordinator
1998 Indianapolis Colts
Minority Internship/Receiver Coach
1999 Berlin Thunder
NFL Europe, Defensive Backs & Special Teams Coordinator
1999 Indianapolis Colts
Minority Internship/Defensive Backs Coach
2000 Memphis Maniax
XFL, Defensive Backs & Special Teams
2001 Buffalo Bills
Minority Internship/Defensive Backs Coach
2005 Clark Atlanta University
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2006 Minnesota Vikings
Minority Internship/Defensive Backs
2007 Stillman College
Defensive Backs& Special Teams
2008 Alabama State University
Defensive Backs& Special Teams Coordinator
2009 United Football League
New York Sentinels, Cornerbacks & Football Operations
2010 Lane College
Head Football Coach/Athletic Director



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