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Derius Swinton
Special Teams Quality Control
Hampton University


Derius Swinton enters his first season with the Chiefs as the club’s special teams quality control coach.

Derius Swinton enters his first season with the Chiefs as the club’s special teams quality control coach.

Before joining the Chiefs, Swinton spent three seasons (2009-11) in the NFL ranks as the quality control/special teams coach for the St. Louis Rams (2009-11). While with the Rams, Swinton worked side-by-side with newly-hired Chiefs special teams coach Tom McMahon.

In 2010, the Rams had the league’s third-best net punting average at 40.0 while P Donnie Jones produced a 45.5 gross average on 94 punts and landed 32 kicks inside opponents’ 20-yard line. The Rams’ top returner, Danny Amendola, averaged 11.3 yards per punt return in 2010, ranking 12th in the NFL.

Swinton made his NFL coaching debut with the Rams in 2009 after spending two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant (2007-08) at the University of Tennessee. At Tennessee, he worked with Kansas City’s newly-hired offensive quality control coach Jim Bob Cooter.

In 2008, the Tennessee defense ranked third in the NCAA Division I standings, allowing only 263.5 yards per game. The Volunteers ranked fourth in pass defense (160.4 yards per game), 10th in scoring defense (16.8 points per games) and 12th in rushing defense (103.1 yards per game).

Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks at Tennessee, Swinton played free safety at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., from 2003-06. He finished his collegiate career with 103 tackles, 19 passes defensed and eight interceptions.

Education: Hampton (B.A. 2006). Born: Richmond, Va.


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