Former Alabama assistant Kyle Pope hired for new role at AAC school
A former Alabama assistant coach is on the move again.
Kyle Pope, who served as the Crimson Tide’s defensive line graduate assistant from 2017-18, was hired to be the defensive line coach at Memphis, as announced by the Tigers on Thursday. Pope was the linebackers coach at Liberty this past season.
While Pope was at Alabama, the Tide reached the College Football Playoff National Championship both seasons. He also helped them win the national title in the 2017 campaign.
Then, Pope was hired to serve under former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, who just took over at Liberty last season. Pope helped the Flames notch the program’s first bowl victory, as they defeated Georgia Southern in the Mortgage Cure Bowl.
Pope played at Jacksonville State from 2011-14, graduating from the school in May 2015.
“Kyle Pope has been a young rising coach on my radar for a few years now. His passion, intelligence, and energy as a coach and person are remarkable,” Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield said in a statement. “He has great ties to the South and will be a wonderful asset to our program. Everyone I’ve met that knows Kyle has bragged about his relationships with his players and development of them on and off the field. We are excited to welcome him to Memphis.”