Tommy West (American football)

Thomas Cleveland West (born July 31, 1954) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive line coach at Middle Tennessee State University. West served as head football coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1993), Clemson University (1993–1998) and the University of Memphis (2001–2009), compiling a career college football record of 84–96. West was fired as head coach at Memphis on November 9, 2009 after beginning the season 2–7.[1] West finished the season with Memphis.

Tommy West
Current position
TitleDefensive line coach
TeamMiddle Tennessee
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-31) July 31, 1954 (age 66)
Carrollton, Georgia
Playing career
Position(s)Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979Ole Miss (RB)
1980–1981Appalachian State (WR/TE)
1982Clemson (WR)
1983–1989Clemson (LB)
1990Tennessee (RB)
1991–1992South Carolina (DC/LB)
2000Memphis (DC/LB)
2011UAB (DC/LB)
2012Southern Miss (DC/LB)
2014–presentMiddle Tennessee (DL)
Head coaching record

West attended Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia, from which he graduated in 1972. There he was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was an All-American selection, and was also drafted in fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs. He is married to the former Cyndie Smith of Germantown, Tennessee, and has one son, Turner West, who is an assistant at The Citadel.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Chattanooga Mocs (Southern Conference) (1993)
1993 Chattanooga 4–7 2–6 5th
Chattanooga: 4–7 2–6
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1993–1998)
1993 Clemson 1–0[n 1] [n 1] [n 1] W Peach 23 22
1994 Clemson 5–6 4–4 6th
1995 Clemson 8–4 6–2 2nd L Gator
1996 Clemson 7–5 6–2 T–2nd L Peach
1997 Clemson 7–5 4–4 5th L Peach
1998 Clemson 3–8 1–7 T–9th
Clemson: 31–28 21–19
Memphis Tigers (Conference USA) (2001–2009)
2001 Memphis 5–6 3–4 7th
2002 Memphis 3–9 2–6 9th
2003 Memphis 9–4 5–3 T–3rd W New Orleans
2004 Memphis 8–4 5–3 T–2nd L GMAC
2005 Memphis 7–5 5–3 T–2nd (East) W Motor City
2006 Memphis 2–10 1–7 6th (East)
2007 Memphis 7–6 6–2 T–2nd (East) L New Orleans
2008 Memphis 6–7 4–4 T–2nd (East) L St. Petersburg
2009 Memphis 2–10 1–7 6th (East)
Memphis: 49–61 32–39
Total: 84–96


  1. ^ a b c Ken Hatfield resigned after the regular season. West coached Clemson in the Peach Bowl. Clemson credits the 1993 regular season to Hatfield and the Peach Bowl to West.


  1. ^ Tommy West fired as Memphis Tigers football coach, The Commercial Appeal, November 9, 2009

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