PHILADELPHIA – Temple head coach Geoff Collins
has announced that Jason Semore
has been added to the football staff as senior defensive advisor.
"Jason has been a successful defensive coordinator at the college level," said Collins. "He adds another experienced voice to the defensive staff as we continue to build our dominant brand of defense here on Broad Street."
Semore came to Temple after three seasons at Montana. He served as Montana's special teams coordinator and secondary coach under head coach Bob Stitt in 2015, and became the defensive coordinator in 2016-17.
In his first season as the Grizzlies defensive coordinator in 2016, his defense finished second in the nation in third down conversion defense, fifth in red zone defense and ninth in team tackles for loss. The 2016 Griz produced the Big Sky's top total defense, allowing teams just 349 yards per game.
Semore joined the Grizzly football staff in December of 2014 after a one-year stint with Stitt at the Colorado School of Mines where he served as the defensive coordinator. That season the Orediggers went 10-2 overall and tied for the league title with an 8-1 record.
Prior to his position at Mines, he had a two-year stint (2012-13) as a defensive assistant at Oklahoma State University where the Cowboys were ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in five defensive categories, including 14th in scoring defense. OSU competed in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl and the 2014 Cotton Bowl, finishing 10-3 overall and ending the season ranked #17.
Prior to his time at OSU, he spent two-and-a-half years at Tulsa as an outside linebackers coach. His Golden Hurricane defensive unit led the country in interceptions and in turnover margin, also advancing to the 2010 Hawai'i Bowl and the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl.
Semore served as the co-defensive coordinator, secondary coach, and special teams coordinator at his alma mater, Adams State, for three seasons. He got his collegiate coaching start at Mines where he served as a secondary coach with the Orediggers in 2007. His first coaching berth was in 2006 when he served as the defensive coordinator for Round Valley High School in Springerville, Ariz.