Thom Kaumeyer, 39, joins the Tulane staff after spending the last five seasons at San Diego State University, where he was the defensive coordinator for his first four seasons and served as the defensive backs coach this past year.
During his tenure as the defensive coordinator, he helped develop the Aztec defensive unit into one of the best in the MWC. In 2003, he orchestrated the biggest defensive improvement in the country as San Diego State leaped from 95th in total defense in 2002 to eighth in 2003, from 91st in pass defense to fourth and from 92nd in scoring defense to 13th. One season later in 2004, the Aztecs ranked in the top 50 nationally in three team defensive categories and has finished second in the MWC in red zone defense each of the last two seasons.
SDSU produced 13 all-MWC first or second team defensive selections during Kaumeyer's tenure. The group is highlighted by two-time conference defensive player of the year, All-America linebacker Kirk Morrison, who was one of four Aztecs to be selected in the first five rounds of the NFL Draft from 2004-05.
Prior to San Diego State, he coached two seasons as defensive quality-control coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Kaumeyer assisted in all facets of the defensive game plan and also served as assistant secondary coach in Atlanta.
A defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Palomar College from 1998-00, he served stints at Palomar separated by a two-year move to Tokyo, Japan, where he was head coach and oversaw football operations for Onward Kashiyama, Ltd. in 1995 and 1996. As head coach at Palomar in 1994, the Comets were 8-3 and ended up with a final No.18 national ranking by JC Grid-Wire.
As a collegiate player, he was an All-American safety at Palomar College in 1986 before transferring to the University of Oregon (1987-88), where he played two seasons at Oregon and all-Pac-10 honors. Kaumeyer was selected in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams and spent time as a player with the Rams, Seahawks and Giants.
He received his bachelor's degree in American studies from Regents University in Albany, N.Y. in 1993, and later earned a master's degree in education at Azusa Pacific in 1998.