Perhaps the most versatile coach on the Wake Forest staff, Tim Billings begins his sixth year and will be coaching his fourth different group of position players.
Billings oversaw the Wake Forest wide receivers during the 2006 and 2007 seasons and then supervised the secondary in 2008 and 2009. He worked with the defensive ends in 2010 and started coaching the outside linebackers in the spring of 2011.
Billings has made an immediate impact on each position he coached. In 2006, he turned Willie Idlette and Nate Morton into top flight receivers during Wake's march to the ACC Championship.
After moving to the secondary in 2008, Billings helped cornerback Alphonso Smith become the only unanimous member of the All-ACC first team. The secondary helped in holding opponents to just 172.5 passing yards per game, the lowest average allowed by the Wake Forest defense in 15 years.
Billings' efforts were recognized nationally as he was named the FootballScoop Secondary Coach of the Year for 2008.
In his two years with the receivers, Billings re-energized the Deacon receiving corps. In 2007, he tutored Kenneth Moore who caught a school and ACC record 98 passes, earned first team All-ACC honors and was the MVP of Wake's 24-10 win over Connecticut in the Meineke Car Care Bowl before being selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft in 2008.
Billings was responsible for one of the key decisions of Wake Forest's 2006 ACC Championships campaign. It was his selfless idea to move Moore, the team's leading receiver at the time, to tailback following a rash of injuries at that position.
Billings came to the Demon Deacons as a 23-year veteran of college football with experience as a head coach, coordinator and position coach on both sides of the ball.
As an assistant coach at Missouri, Oklahoma and Marshall, Billings was a part of three national championships, five conference titles, six bowl games and six I-AA playoff teams.
Billings was the head coach at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo. for six years, posting a 25-43 record. In 2002, Billings guided SEMO to an 8-4 record, the program's best record since 1969. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association Region 3 Coach of the Year.
Before taking over at Southeast Missouri, Billings spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Marshall from 1990-99 where he coached alongside Brad Lambert and against Jim Grobe and Ohio University in the Mid-American Conference. During his tenure, Marshall was the winningest program in college football, compiling a record of 114-25.
The Herd won Mid-American Conference titles in each of Billings' final three seasons at Marshall.
Prior to taking on that responsibility, Billings worked primarily with Thundering Herd special teams. Marshall special teams led the nation in kickoff returns in 1991 and in net punting in 1994 and 1996. Randy Moss, now an NFL All-Pro receiver, led the nation in kickoff returns for the Thundering Herd in 1996. Marshall won the NCAA I-AA national championship in 1991 and 1996.
Billings began his college coaching career as a Missouri graduate assistant under Warren Powers in 1983 and 1984. The 1984 Tigers played in the Holiday Bowl.
He moved on to Oklahoma as an graduate assistant coach under Barry Switzer for the 1985 and 1986 seasons. The Sooners played in the Orange Bowl in both 1985 and 1986, winning the national championship in 1985.
Billings returned to Missouri for the 1987-89 seasons under Woody Widenhofer.
His 10-year stint at Marshall followed, serving under Jim Donnan for six seasons and Bob Pruett for four seasons.
A native of Honey Grove, Texas, Billings began his coaching career as secondary coach at Duncan (Okla.) High School in 1980. He served as head coach at Prairieland High School in Pattonville, Texas in 1981 and was secondary coach at Norman (Okla.) High School in 1982 and 1983.
A graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he was an all-conference defensive back, Billings also played basketball for one season at Grayson County Junior College in Sherman, Texas.
Born on Jan. 4, 1957 in Lawton, Okla., Billings is married to the former Lisa Dost and has two children, Taylor Kay, 21, and Trenton Wade, 16.