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RON CASE, Safeties
Experience is the key for Ron Case. A 13-year veteran of the Southeastern Conference and 31 years of collegiate experience, Case has spent his lifetime coaching football. Most recently, he served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina, working for then Tar Heel head coach Carl Torbush. He spent five seasons at Carolina and is credited with bringing an aggressive, man-to-man coverage scheme to the Tar Heel secondary.
He helped lead Carolina's consecutive Top-10 national finishes in 1996 and 1997, led by its stifling defensive unit that finished second in the nation in total defense in each of those years. Case's secondary played a large role in that success and his teams led their respective conferences in pass efficiency defense for three consecutive seasons from 1995-97 (including one season at LSU).
Under Case's tutelage, cornerback Dre' Bly became the most decorated football player in UNC history and among the most honored players in ACC annals. Bly is the only football player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America honors in three different seasons. He set the all-time ACC record with 20 career interceptions.
In 1996-97, Carolina intercepted 38 passes and allowed just 15 passing touchdowns in 24 games. Carolina allowed a mere 209.3 total yards per game in 1997.
Case came to Carolina from LSU, where the Tigers were first in the Southeastern Conference in pass defense in 1995. He spent six years each at Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and coached currnet Tide defensive coordinator Carl Torbush at Carson-Newman.
He spent 13 years in the U.S. Marines Corps after high school and played 11 years of football in the Corps. In 1970, while an undergraduate, he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Carson-Newman.
In 1977, he coached defensive backs at West Texas State. The Buffaloes won the Missouri Valley title behind a defense that led the league in every statistical category. West Texas picked off 22 passes that year.
He was the head coach at his alma mater in 1978-79 and the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Richmond from 1980-82.
Case and his wife, Joan, have seven grandchildren: R.J. (10), Luke (7), Jane Costner (7), Madison (5), Sarah Catherine (5) Noah Jeh (1) and Samuel David (1) .
THE CASE FILE Born: March 15, 1938 Education 1973 Health and Physical Education, Carson-Newman 1974 Masters' Degree in Health and Physical Education, Tennessee Playing Experience 1957-68 U.S. Marine Corps (All-Marine, 1964) Coaching Experience 2001 Alabama, Safeties 1996-00 North Carolina, Defensive Backs 1995 LSU, Defensive Backs 1989-94 Vanderbilt, Secondary 1983-88 Ole Miss, Defensive Backs 1980-82 Richmond, Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator 1978-79 Carson-Newman, Head Coach 1977 West Texas State, Defensive Backs 1975-76 Fulton High (Knoxville, TN), Head Coach 1974 Maryville College, Defensive Coordinator 1970-73 Carson-Newman, Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator Bowl Participation 1972 NAIA National Championship Bowl; 1983 Independence;1986 Independence; 1995 Independence; 1997 Gator; 1998 Gator; 1998 Las Vegas