T.J. Langley has been hired as football defensive line coach for Southern Arkansas University, head football coach Bill Keopple said.
The official announcement was made on Monday. Langley comes to Magnolia from his most recent stint as the defensive line/linebackers coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M to fill a void created by the early August departure of Rashad Pittman.
While at NEO, Langley coached the Golden Norsemen defensive line and linebackers as part of a defensive unit that led Region XIV in pass yards allowed per game (162.9), ranked tied for second in points allowed per game (22.2) and posted the fourth-best rushing defense in the league (146.1) during the 2019 season.
Prior to his time at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Langley began his coaching career at Idabel High School (OK) where he spent four seasons as defensive coordinator under legendary head coach Dennis Parker (2x Texas High School Football Coach of the Year). With Langley at the helm of the Warriors' defense, HIS made four-consecutive trips to the state playoffs after posting a 1-9 record the year prior to Langley's arrival and in 2017 his defense ranked in the top 10 statewide in points allowed.
Additionally, Langley served as the school's strength and conditioning coach during his time in Idabel and in his final three years he served as the head powerlifting coach.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Langley's football career began at Northeastern Oklahoma State in 2007 where he played tight end. He transferred to Arkansas Tech where he played both tight end and defensive end during his Wonder Boy career which culminated in him being inducted into the Arkansas Tech University T Club.
As a senior, Langley recorded 23 tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and a team-leading nine quarterback pressures in his senior season which helped him earn an invitation to the inaugural Eastham Energy All-Star Game in Tempe, AR.
Following his collegiate career, Langley signed as an undrafted free agent of the Buffalo Bills in 2011 before playing three seasons in the Arena Football League with the Jacksonville Sharks and Philadelphia Soul. While with the Philadelphia Soul in 2012, Langley competed in Arena Bowl XXV.
In 2016, Langley received his bachelor of science in physical recreation from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and in 2018 he received his master of science in sports administration with an emphasis on Strength and Conditioning from SOSU.
Langley and his wife, Sarah, have one son, Braylon, a strong 10-year-old who is fighting and winning his daily battle with cystic fibrosis, and a three-month-old daughter Lilliana Marie.