Brian Jean-Mary enters his fifth season at Georgia Tech as linebackers coach.
Jean-Mary (pronounced JON-muh-REE) helps coach a Tech unit that has ranked among the nation's Top 30 in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense each of his four seasons. In particular, the Yellow Jackets have been among the nation's Top 20 against the run all four years.
Under Jean-Mary, Jacket linebackers Phillip Wheeler and Gary Guyton became the core of the Tech defense last season. The duo were first and second on the team in tackles, respectively, and combined for 22.5 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks in 2007. Wheeler was once again awarded for his tenacious defense by being selected to the All-ACC second team. As a team, Tech led the nation in sacks and ranked second in tackles-for-loss during the regular season.
In 2006, the linebacker duo of KaMichael Hall and Wheeler developed into two of the top defenders in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wheeler earned second-team all-America honors as well as second-team all-ACC accolades, while Hall garnered honorable mention all-ACC recognition. Hall was also given a free agent contract by the defending World Champion Indianapolis Colts to try his hat in the National Football League in 2007.
In 2005, Jean-Mary coached two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, Tech's leading tackler his last two seasons. Wilkinson was a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants. Jean-Mary's linebackers recorded seven of the Yellow Jackets' 21 interceptions.
In 2004, he also worked with Chris Reis, who earned honorable mention all-ACC recognition in his only season at outside linebacker. Wilkinson and Reis flourished at linebacker after moving from defensive end and safety, respectively. Reis signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jean-Mary came to Tech after one season coaching the defensive backs at North Alabama, one of the top programs in NCAA Division II.
In 2003, he helped the Lions to a 13-1 record, the Gulf South Conference title and a berth in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. North Alabama's defense ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense at 14.1 points per game, well as 25th in pass defense and 26th in total defense.
Jean-Mary previously spent two years (2001-02) as a defensive graduate assistant at South Carolina under Lou Holtz and one year (2000) as a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff at Louisville.
A native of Apopka, Fla., Jean-Mary played college football at Appalachian State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1998.
Jean-Mary is married to the former Jerilyn Ardis. The couple's first child, Brittany Nicole, was born in January of 2006.