Corey Raymond joined the Nebraska program as secondary coach in 2011 and is in his second season on Bo Pelini's coaching staff. Raymond came to Nebraska after two seasons at Utah State and a brief stop on the Indiana coaching staff in the winter of 2011.
Raymond's Nebraska secondary was statistically the top unit for the Husker defense in 2011. Nebraska ranked 34th nationally in pass efficiency defense (120.43) and 18th in passing yards allowed (192.2 ypg). The lofty rankings are a noteworthy accomplishment for a first-year coach who was faced with the challenge of replacing four starters in the secondary, including three 2011 NFL Draft picks.
Raymond's young secondary improved throughout the season, led by Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year Alfonzo Dennard, who solidified the unit after missing the first three games of the season due to injury. During Big Ten play, Nebraska led the conference by allowing opponents to complete only 51.0 percent of their passes. The Huskers held seven of 13 opponents to fewer than 185 passing yards this season, including only 86 yards against Michigan State.
Dennard earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in his only season working with Raymond, selection while safeties Austin Cassidy and Daimion Stafford also earned honorable-mention all-conference accolades in 2011.
Dennard posted a career-high three pass breakups against Michigan State, as he helped the secondary force Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins into an 11-of-27 day. Dennard locked up with Michigan State wideout B.J. Cunningham and held him without a ctach for the first time in 42 games. Dennard then matched up with Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year Marvin McNutt Jr. in the regular-season finale against Iowa and held McNutt to four catches for 29 yards. The 29 yards were a season low and the four catches tied McNutt's season low.
Stafford and Cassidy finished third and fourth on the team, respectively, in tackles and combined for 150 stops, while Stafford had a team-high 10 pass breakups.
Before coming to Lincoln in February of 2011, Raymond, who played for six seasons in the National Football League, spent the 2009 and 2010 season as the cornerbacks coach at Utah State.
Raymond helped Aggies’ cornerback Curtis Marsh earn second-team All-WAC honors in 2010. Marsh ranked eighth nationally in passes defended at 1.25 per game, including 13 breakups and a pair of interceptions. Marsh went on to be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round (90th pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2009, Raymond coached Chris Randle who was among the top cornerbacks in the conference and racked up 53 tackles.
The position at Utah State was Raymond’s first Division I assistant job, but came after three highly successful seasons at his alma mater, LSU. Raymond was a football intern in 2006, then worked in the Tigers’ strength and conditioning program in 2007 and 2008.
Raymond was first associated with Bo Pelini during his time in Baton Rouge, as Pelini was the LSU defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007. Current Nebraska assistant coach John Papuchis was also on the Tiger defensive staff during that time.
While at LSU, Raymond helped the Tigers to a 3-0 bowl record, including defeating Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game following the 2007 season. During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, LSU ranked third nationally in total defense.
As a player, Raymond was a four-year starter at cornerback for LSU from 1988 to 1991, helping the Tigers to a pair of bowl games.
Raymond began his coaching career at New Iberia (La.) High School as defensive coordinator, and then served as defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Westgate High School in New Iberia.
Raymond was in private business from 1999 to 2002 and also had a 2007 internship with the Minnesota Vikings, as part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching Internship Program. Raymond earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from LSU in 1992.
The Raymond File
Date of Birth: Sept. 28, 1969
Family: Children, Cody, Ariel, Chris, Madison
Education: Bachelor's, liberal arts, LSU, 1992
Playing Experience: 1988-91, LSU; 1992-94, New York Giants (NFL); 1995-97, Detroit Lions (NFL)
Coaching Experience: 2003, New Iberia (La.) High School (defensive coordinator); 2004-05, Westgate (La.) High School (defensive coordinator/assistant strength and conditioning coach); 2006, LSU (football intern); 2007-08, LSU (assistant strength coach); 2009-2010, Utah State (assistant coach/cornerbacks); Dec. 2010-January, 2011, Indiana (assistant coach/cornerbacks); 2011-present, Nebraska (assistant coach/secondary).