Corey Raymond, a former LSU standout who spent six years playing in the NFL, enters his third season coaching the defensive backs for his alma mater.
Raymond is currently in his second stint with the Tiger coaching staff as he previously served on Les Miles’ staff from 2006-08, first as intern and then as an assistant strength coach.
Last year, Raymond oversaw a secondary that had to replace three starters, all of which were selected in the NFL Draft, from the 2012 season. He developed a pair of true freshmen in Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson into starting cornerbacks for the Tigers in 2013. White and Robinson go into the 2014 season rated among the best at their position in the SEC despite having only one season of college football experience.
LSU ranked No. 4 in the SEC in pass defense in 2013, allowing 197.5 yards per game. The Tigers limited opponents to 15 touchdown passes and ranked second in the league in yards allowed per attempt (6.4) and third in the conference in completion percentage at 56.0 percent.
In his first year back with the Tigers in 2012, Raymond coached safety Eric Reid to first team All-America honors. Reid was later chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the NFL Draft by the 49ers. Starting cornerback Tharold Simon was picked in the fifth round by the Seahawks.
As a unit in 2012, LSU’s secondary, despite using a pair of first time starters, combined for 15 interceptions and helped the Tigers rank No. 11 nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Raymond returned to LSU after spending the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Nebraska. In his one season with the Cornhuskers, Raymond coached a Nebraska secondary that featured the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in Alfonzo Dennard. Despite inheriting a group that lost four starters from the season before, including three NFL Draft picks, Raymond’s secondary helped Nebraska rank No. 18 in the nation in pass defense in 2011.
Prior to his one-year stint in Lincoln, Raymond served as the cornerbacks coach for two seasons at Utah State. Raymond’s top pupil at Utah State was that of Curtis Marsh, who earned All-WAC honors and later went on to become a third-round pick in the NFL draft.
Raymond served on Miles’ LSU staff for three years from 2006-08 before taking the job at Utah State. During his three years on the LSU staff from 2006-08, Raymond was part of two BCS bowl victories, including a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship. LSU’s defense ranked No. 3 nationally in both 2006 and 2007 as the Tigers combined to post a 23-4 record during that span.
Prior to joining the LSU staff in 2006, Raymond coached at the high school level for three years in his hometown of New Iberia. Raymond was the defensive coordinator at New Iberia High School in 2003 and then held the same position at Westgate High School in 2004-05.
Raymond was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Tigers from 1989-91. He capped his LSU career with 185 tackles and eight interceptions. Following his career with the Tigers, Raymond spent six seasons in the NFL – three with the Giants and three with the Lions. In 90 games in the NFL, Raymond started 60 times and intercepted 11 passes to go with 258 tackles.
Raymond earned his undergraduate degree from LSU in 1992.
The Raymond File
YEAR AT LSU: Third (appointed Feb. 28, 2012)
BIRTHDATE: Sept. 28, 1969 in New Iberia, La.
HIGH SCHOOL: New Iberia (La.) High School
COLLEGE: LSU, ’92
1992-94 New York Giants
1995-97 Detroit Lions
2003 New Iberia (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2004-05 Westgate (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2006-08 LSU (intern, 2006; assistant strength coach, 2007-08)
2009-10 Utah State (cornerbacks)
2011 Nebraska (secondary)
2012- LSU (defensive backs)
As a player
SEASON BOWL TEAM OPPONENT RESULTS
1988 Hall of Fame LSU Syracuse L, 23-10
As a coach
2006 Sugar Bowl LSU Notre Dame W, 41-14
2007 BCS National Championship LSU Ohio State W, 38-24
2008 Chick-fil-A LSU Georgia Tech W, 38-3
2011 Capital One Nebraska South Carolina L, 30-13
2012 Chick-fil-A LSU Clemson L, 25-24
2013 Outback LSU Iowa W, 21-14