Peter Sirmon

Peter Sirmon (born February 18, 1977) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and played for them for his entire career from 2000 to 2006. Sirmon played college football at the University of Oregon, and high school football at Walla Walla High School, where he played quarterback and safety.

Peter Sirmon
California Golden Bears
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1977-02-18) February 18, 1977 (age 43)
Wenatchee, Washington
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Walla Walla High School
(Walla Walla, Washington)
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 4 / Pick: 128
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Central Washington (2008)
    Linebackers coach
  • Oregon (2009)
    Graduate assistant
  • Tennessee (2010)
    Graduate assistant
  • Tennessee (2011)
    Linebackers coach
  • Washington (2012)
    Linebackers coach
  • Washington (2013)
    Linebackers coach & recruiting coordinator
  • USC (2014–2015)
    Associate head coach, linebackers coach & recruiting coordinator
  • Mississippi State (2016)
    Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach
  • Louisville (2017)
    Defensive coordinator & outside linebackers coach
  • California (2018)
    Associate head coach & inside linebackers coach
  • California (2019)
    Associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator, inside linebackers coach & recruiting coordinator
  • California (2020–present)
    Defensive coordinator, inside linebackers coach & recruiting coordinator
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:349
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

In 2008, Sirmon became the linebackers coach at Central Washington.

He was the linebackers coach at the University of Tennessee under head coach Derek Dooley in 2010 and 2011. Sirmon worked under his Oregon defensive teammate Justin Wilcox, who had become defensive coordinator at Tennessee. He also followed Wilcox in 2012 and was named the linebackers coach at University of Washington.[1] He was brought in by Steve Sarkisian as his linebackers coach when Wilcox was hired by the University of Southern California as defensive coordinator.[2]

On January 12, 2016, Peter Sirmon became the new defensive coordinator at Mississippi State.[3]

In January 2017, Mississippi State replaced Sirmon and hired Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator.[4]

Sirmon moved to the University of California, Berkeley in 2018, where he is the Bears' inside linebackers coach and defensive coordinator.

Prior to the 2019 season, Sirmon was named co-defensive coordinator at Cal.[5]

Alongside fellow staff member Tim DeRuyter, Sirmon was named FootballScoop's Linebacker Coach of the Year in 2019.[6]


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