Press Release University of Arkansas: 

RorySegrest, who helped the Philadelphia Eagles advance to the NFL playoffs threetimes and make one NFC Championship Game appearance in five seasons, has beennamed Arkansas' defensive line and specialists coach, head coach Bret Bielemaannounced Wednesday.


"Wehad an exceptional pool of candidates and Rory's name kept coming to the top inevery category as I went through the search process," Coach Bielema said. "Itook notice of his coaching abilities when we prepared to play Samford thispast season and they were excellent on special teams. All of the coaches Ivisited with about him spoke very highly about his abilities, including AndyReid. Rory brings championship experience at both the NFL and collegiate levelsto our program."


Segrest comes to Arkansas after the thirdyear of his second stint on the Samford coaching staff after returning as theteam's defensive line coach and special teams coordinator in 2011. Hepreviously coached at Samford from 2002-05 when he was defensive line coach,special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

Samfordfinished the 2013 season ranked 18th in the final coaches poll afterearning the program's first NCAA Division I – FCS Playoff berth since 1992.Fabian Truss was named to the AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches'All-America Team as an all-purpose player as he ranked second nationally inkickoff return average at 32.1 yards per return. The Samford defense also ledthe SoCon in sacks and tackles for loss.

In 2012, Samford defensive lineman Nick Williams was named first-teamall-conference, finished second in the Southern Conference in sacks and 36thnationally (FCS) with seven sacks. Williams was drafted by the PittsburghSteelers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. Samford's defense tied forfirst in the SoCon and finished 27th in the FBS in sacks with 27.Additionally, Samford ranked 29th in the FCS in total defense.

Segrest's special teams units also had success in the 2012 season finishingsixth in kickoff returns with a 24.91 yard-per- return average and first in theSoCon in kickoff coverage. Punt returner Riley Hawkins finished first in theSoCon and 14th in the FCS in punt return average, and Truss finishedthird in the SoCon and 13th in the FCS in kick return average.Kicker Cameron Yam was named first-team All American as well as first teamall-conference.

Segrest's 2011 special teams units improved in every category over the previousseason. The kickoff return unit was ranked 12th in the FCS, andTruss ranked seventh in the FCS and the punt return unit was ranked 19thin the FCS. Redshirt freshman punter Peranich ranked 24th in the FCSand was named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team. Kicker Cameron Yaw ranked secondin the FCS in field goals, connecting on 23-of-28, and was tied for eighth intotal scoring.

Segrest returned to Samford after coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles from2006-10. While with the Eagles, Segrest was the special teams qualitycontrol/assistant defensive line coach (2006-07), special teams coordinator(2007-09) and defensive line coach (2009-10). In 2006 and 2010, the Eagles werethe NFC East champions and made it to the NFC Championship game in 2008.Segrest also coached in the 2009 Pro Bowl.

Segrest's 2009 and 2010 defensive line units with the Eagles ranked second andfourth, respectively, in the NFL in sacks by defensive linemen. They rankedthird (2010) and ninth (2009) in the league for tackles for a loss by defensivelinemen and in 2010 was ranked second in the NFL in quarterback knockdowns andhurries by defensive linemen. Segrest coached defensive line Pro Bowl playersTrent Cole (2009, 2010) and Broderick Bunkley (2009).

Segrest's special teams units with the Eagles finished third in the NFL in 2008in field goals made, and Pro Bowl kicker David Akers broke franchise recordswith 33 field goals and 144 points scored. Akers set his career high that yearwith 17 touchbacks. Punter Sav Rocca set a franchise record with hissingle-season net punt average of 37.9. Rocca and Akers were both named NFL'sSpecial Teams Player of the month.

Segrest's previous coaching stops include Southeast Missouri State where hecoached the defensive line in 1999 before adding recruiting coordinator dutiesfor 2000-01. He was also the defensive graduate assistant at Auburn Universityfrom 1997-99 working with the defensive line and special teams units.

His coaching career began under Gene Stallings as a student assistant atAlabama in 1994 after his playing career was cut short by an injury. He was amember of the Crimson Tide's 1992 National Championship Team and was alsoawarded the team's 1995 Co-Leadership Award. Collegiately, Segrest has been apart of six bowl games as either a player or coach.

A native of Waycross, Ga., and a graduate of Waycross High School, he earnedhis B.S. in health-care management from Alabama in 1996 where he met his wife,Jackie. They have a son, James (12).

Rory Segrest Coaching History

Jan. 2014        Arkansas (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line/Specialists)

2011-13           Samford (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator)

2009-10           Philadelphia Eagles (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line)

2007-09           Philadelphia Eagles (Assistant Coach/Special Teams Coordinator)

2006-07           Philadelphia Eagles (Quality Control)

2002-05           Samford (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator)

2000-01           Southeast Missouri State (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line/RecruitingCoordinator)

1999                Southeast Missouri State (Assistant Coach/Defensive Line)

1997-99           Auburn (Graduate Assistant – Defense)

1996                Alabama (Graduate Assistant – Strength and Conditioning)

1994-95           Alabama (Student Assistant Coach)


Playing Experience

1992-95           Alabama, Letterwinner and member of the 1992 national championship team,

                       awarded 1995 Senior Co-Leadership Award


Born:              May 20, 1973

Home Town:   Waycross, Ga.

Family:           Wife, Jackie; Son, James

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