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Al Holcomb
Linebackers
College:
West Virginia
Experience:
6

Bio

COACHING
Al Holcomb is in his second season leading the Panthers linebackers in 2014 after helping mold the group into one of the team's strongest units in 2013. Led by Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, Holcomb's charges were instrumental in Carolina ranking second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.

Under Holcomb's guidance, Kuechly followed up his 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season by earning the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, while Davis cemented his return from three knee surgeries with the best season of his career. Additionally, veteran Chase Blackburn and rookie A.J. Klein made solid contributions.

Kuechly became one of eight players to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in a career and just the second to win the awards in their first two seasons, joining Lawrence Taylor. Twice in 2013, Kuechly was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, including after his franchise-record 26-tackle performance versus New Orleans (12/22/13). Kuechly finished the season with a team-leading 176 tackles, the second most in team history behind his record 205 tackles in 2012.

Davis started all 16 games in 2013 for the first time since 2008 and set or tied career highs in tackles (151), sacks (four) and interceptions (two). He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November after totaling 38 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception as the Panthers went 4-0 during the month. He earlier earned NFC Player of the Week recognition for his 10-tackle, two-sack effort in a 35-10 victory at Minnesota (10/13/13).

Holcomb came to Carolina in 2013 after four seasons with the New York Giants, serving as a defensive assistant from 2011-12 and defensive quality control coach from 2009-10. The Giants ranked in the top seven in the league in total defense in two of Holcomb's four years and capped his first season as a defensive assistant with a victory in Super Bowl XLVI.

He also gained professional coaching experience by participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program with the New York Jets during minicamp and training camp in 2007.

Prior to joining the Giants, Holcomb was a college coach for 14 years. He oversaw the defensive line at Lafayette from 2006-08. Under Holcomb's tutelage, five different defensive linemen claimed All-Patriot League honors. During his final season in 2008, the Leopards led the conference in several defensive categories, including total defense and scoring defense. In his first season in 2006, Holcomb contributed to a unit that finished first in the NCAA FCS in total defense, fourth in rushing defense and eighth in scoring defense.

From 2004-05, Holcomb coached at Kutztown University, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in addition to being the interim head coach in the winter of 2005. He previously spent six years from 1998-2003 at Bloomsburg University as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Holcomb worked as linebackers coach, assistant track coach and physical education instructor at Colby College in 1997. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple from 1995-96, helping with linebackers.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A 1993 graduate of West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in sport management, Holcomb earned a master's degree in athletic coaching education from there in 1996. While pursuing his graduate degree, he volunteered as an administrative assistant with the Mountaineers.

HISTORY
College coach: Temple 1995-96, Colby College 1997, Bloomsburg 1998-2003, Kutztown 2004-05, Lafayette 2006-08. Pro coach: New York Giants 2009-12, joined Panthers in 2013.

COACHING
Al Holcomb is in his second season leading the Panthers linebackers in 2014 after helping mold the group into one of the team's strongest units in 2013. Led by Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, Holcomb's charges were instrumental in Carolina ranking second in the NFL in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.

Under Holcomb's guidance, Kuechly followed up his 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season by earning the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, while Davis cemented his return from three knee surgeries with the best season of his career. Additionally, veteran Chase Blackburn and rookie A.J. Klein made solid contributions.

Kuechly became one of eight players to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in a career and just the second to win the awards in their first two seasons, joining Lawrence Taylor. Twice in 2013, Kuechly was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, including after his franchise-record 26-tackle performance versus New Orleans (12/22/13). Kuechly finished the season with a team-leading 176 tackles, the second most in team history behind his record 205 tackles in 2012.

Davis started all 16 games in 2013 for the first time since 2008 and set or tied career highs in tackles (151), sacks (four) and interceptions (two). He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November after totaling 38 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception as the Panthers went 4-0 during the month. He earlier earned NFC Player of the Week recognition for his 10-tackle, two-sack effort in a 35-10 victory at Minnesota (10/13/13).

Holcomb came to Carolina in 2013 after four seasons with the New York Giants, serving as a defensive assistant from 2011-12 and defensive quality control coach from 2009-10. The Giants ranked in the top seven in the league in total defense in two of Holcomb's four years and capped his first season as a defensive assistant with a victory in Super Bowl XLVI.

He also gained professional coaching experience by participating in the NFL's Minority Internship Program with the New York Jets during minicamp and training camp in 2007.

Prior to joining the Giants, Holcomb was a college coach for 14 years. He oversaw the defensive line at Lafayette from 2006-08. Under Holcomb's tutelage, five different defensive linemen claimed All-Patriot League honors. During his final season in 2008, the Leopards led the conference in several defensive categories, including total defense and scoring defense. In his first season in 2006, Holcomb contributed to a unit that finished first in the NCAA FCS in total defense, fourth in rushing defense and eighth in scoring defense.

From 2004-05, Holcomb coached at Kutztown University, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in addition to being the interim head coach in the winter of 2005. He previously spent six years from 1998-2003 at Bloomsburg University as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

Holcomb worked as linebackers coach, assistant track coach and physical education instructor at Colby College in 1997. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple from 1995-96, helping with linebackers.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A 1993 graduate of West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in sport management, Holcomb earned a master's degree in athletic coaching education from there in 1996. While pursuing his graduate degree, he volunteered as an administrative assistant with the Mountaineers.

HISTORY
College coach: Temple 1995-96, Colby College 1997, Bloomsburg 1998-2003, Kutztown 2004-05, Lafayette 2006-08. Pro coach: New York Giants 2009-12, joined Panthers in 2013.

 

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