The Gophers have a new defensive backs coach.
Jahmile Addae, who spent the past two seasons coaching Arizona’s secondary, was announced Thursday as Minnesota’s defensive backs coach. Addae replaces Maurice Linguist, who left in January to become Texas A&M’s cornerbacks coach.
Addae, four-year starter and three-time All-Big East defensive back at West Virginia, spent the past five seasons at Arizona, the first three as an analyst and the past two as defensive backs coach. Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats’ new coach after the firing of Rich Rodriguez, brought in a mainly new staff of assistants.
Addae, a Tampa, Fla., native, had Tampa, the west coast of Florida and Las Vegas as his primary recruiting areas while with Arizona.
Addae, 35, also was running backs coach at Cincinnati in 2010 and ’11, a defensive graduate assistant at Michigan (2008 and ’09) and video graduate assistant at West Virginia (2007).
In 2006, Addae was with the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie free agent during training camp when he collapsed on the field. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which heart muscle cells enlarge and cause the walls of the ventricles to thicken and can lead to cardiac arrest. That condition ended Addae's playing career, and he transitioned into coaching by joining Rodriguez’s staff at West Virginia.