Pirate Coaching Profile No. 2
profiles Paul Jette.
Thursday, August 8, 2002
Myatt is the ECU beat writer for The News & Observer.
The Paul Jette file
Earlier this summer, the intent was expressed to get to know
the ECU football assistants more personally. That effort continued with a
recent visit with Paul Jette, who has returned to the Pirates staff after a
season at Baylor.
Jette's family ties to Greenville brought him back to ECU
even after he was promoted to defensive coordinator with the Bears. His
return to work with the defensive backs corresponds to a program emphasis on
revamping a defense that was last in Conference USA in pass defense last
Full name: Paul Eldridge
|Birth date: Feb. 3, 1955.
Birth place: Kermit, Texas.
High school: Devine High, Devine, Texas, 1973.
College: Texas, 1977 (Business Administration).
|Highlight of playing career:
three seasons as defensive back for the Longhorns)
Colorado (38-21) in the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1975. I had an
interception.” The Longhorns went 10-2 that season and were ranked No.
6 in the final Associated Press poll.
How did you get into coaching?
““My dad was a high school coach in Texas for 25
years, 17 of those as a head coach and athletic director. I never
really intended to get into coaching. My dad didn’t encourage me but
he didn’t discourage me. That was the reason I majored in business. I
interviewed with about four companies during the spring of my senior
“There was a tradition that all the seniors at Texas
went to watch the first day of spring practice. ... It sort of hit me
then that I wasn’t going to be around football anymore. I decided to
get into coaching. Coach (Darrell) Royal had retired and Fred Akers
came in. He had been an assistant my freshman and sophomore years. I
worked for two years as a graduate assistant at Texas.”
Jette’s first fulltime job as an assistant was at
Oklahoma State for Jimmy Johnson. He also met Steve Logan at Oklahoma
State, where Logan worked as an assistant in 1980.
The resume: 1977-78, graduate assistant at Texas;
1979-84, linebackers (four seasons), defensive backs (two), and
defensive coordinator (one) at Oklahoma State; 1985, defensive backs
coach and defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.); 1986-88, defensive
backs and defensive coordinator, Texas; 1990-91 defensive backs at
Wisconsin; 1992-93, defensive backs at TCU; 1994-98, inside
linebackers and defensive coordinator at ECU; 1999-2000, defensive
backs at ECU; 2001, defensive backs at Baylor (promoted to defensive
coordinator in December). 2002, Pirates defensive backs coach.
The most rewarding aspect of coaching:
with the players and coaches. You share experiences, good and bad, and
grow closer as a result. It’s almost a fraternity-type situation — the
camaraderie with the players and coaches.”
|If I hadn’t gone into coaching, I would probably
“ A pharmaceutical sales representative.”
Wife: The former Vicki Wallace.
Daughters: Allison (20), an ECU student majoring in design who hopes
to get into retail fashion design; and Katharyn (17), a senior at
Greenville Rose who was a cheerleader for three years and is now
working in a job-work study program.
Sons: Paul Eldridge (Quinn), V
(13), a seventh grader at Aycock Middle School who enjoys football,
baseball and golf; and twins Will and David (11), fifth graders at
Elmhurst Elementary, across from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Will wears a
size 10 shoe and David, a size 10 1/2. The twins are playing Pop
Warner football for the first time this year.
|How did you meet your wife?
“We went to high
school together. Our families were real good friends and vacationed
together in the summers. Her father (Howard) was a coach before he got
into banking and insurance. We vacationed together for three years
before we started dating.”
|Off the field:
Favorite movie: Patch Adams.
If they ever made a movie of my life, _____ would play me: “Tom
Hobbies: “Golf. A little bit of fishing. I used to hunt when I had
the time.” (Jette has a 12-point buck that he shot in Texas mounted on
the wall of his office. The rack has a spread of 20.5 inches.)
Ideal vacation: “Pebble Beach.”
Ideal foursome: “Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, and my dad.”
Keys for 2002: “The turnover
margin. We’ve go to create and get more turnovers defensively and not
turn the ball over offensively. We’ve got to win the turnover battle
Strengths in the secondary: “Experience and hunger. We
have the desire to be a strength of the defense this year.”
in the secondary: “The unknowns of some position switches.”
Preseason favorite in Conference USA: “I’d pretty much have to go with
Goals for the season: “Take ’em one game at a time, one
play at a time. Win all the games we’re supposed to win and win some
or all that we’re not supposed to win.”
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