Tim Duffie joins Wake Forest football for his first season in 2012 and will be entrusted with coaching the Demon Deacon secondary.
He comes to Jim Grobe's staff from Colorado State, where he spent the past four seasons tutoring both the secondary and cornerbacks in addition to being a primary recruiter for the state of Texas. 2012 will mark the start of his 13th campaign as a college coach.
While in Fort Collins, Duffie was heavily involved in recruiting much of CSU's top talent, including Crockett Gillmore, an all-conference performer in his first season as a tight end in 2011, Weston Richburg, a 2010 freshman All-American, and Austin Gray, a 12-game starter at safety as a freshman in 2011. He also helped bring promising youngsters Davon Riddick, DeAndre Elliott, Mason Hathaway, Thomas Coffman, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Trent Matthews and Bernard Blake to the Rams.
In his first year at the reins of the Rams full secondary in 2011, Duffie was instrumental in helping CSU finish the regular season ranked 14th in the nation by allowing only 179.6 passing yards per game.
Duffie came to Fort Collins from UTEP, where he had coached the prior nine seasons. Soon after graduating from Texas Tech as a student-athlete, he joined the Miners' staff as a defensive graduate assistant (2000-01), then coached UTEP safeties (2002-03, 2007) and linebackers (2004-06).
In addition to his role at UTEP, Duffie worked with the Detroit Lions in the summer of 2001 in a coaching fellowship.
As a linebacker at Texas Tech, Duffie lettered four years (1996-99) and started two seasons (16 games) in the Big 12 Conference for Red Raiders head coach Spike Dykes.
All told, he had 202 stops, six tackles for loss, one sack, three passes broken up and two interceptions. As a senior in 1999, he started all 11 games and racked up a single-game career-high 18 tackles at Missouri. A second-team all-state selection at Jefferson (Texas) High School, Duffie earned Cypress Valley Player of the Year honors and was an all-district performer on three occasions. In addition to football, he lettered in three other sports: basketball, baseball and track.
Born May 28, 1977, in Jefferson, Texas, Duffie and his wife, Autumn, have two sons together, Memphis and Manhattan. He also has a son, Timias. Duffie has a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science (Texas Tech, `99) and a master's in education administration (UTEP, `02).