2010-11: Jimmy Kiser enters his first year as offensive coordinator during a nine-year tenure at Vanderbilt. He also will continue to mentor Commodore quarterbacks.
For the last three years, Kiser has served as co-passing game coordinator for the Commodore attack.
In 2009, the quarterback duo of Larry Smith and Mackenzi Adams were affected by injuries and inconsistent play. Several position groupings also were hurt by injury losses.
Kiser earned widespread acclaim for mentoring quarterback Jay Cutler, the 2005 SEC Offensive Player of the Year who virtually rewrote the Commodore record books. Kiser coached Cutler for four consecutive seasons, developing the strong-armed prospect into a top National Football League prospect. By the time he graduated, Cutler ranked among the top quarterbacks in SEC history and owned nearly all of the team's passing marks. Eventually, Cutler was selected in the first round, the No. 11 overall pick, of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Kiser started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Furman. After coaching three years at Dunwoody (Ga.) H.S., Kiser worked two years at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) College, serving as offensive coordinator.
In 1986, Kiser joined the North Carolina State staff. He served the Wolfpack as receivers coach (1986-95), quarterbacks/receivers coach (1996) and offen- sive coordinator (1997-99). Under Kiser in 1997, the North Carolina State led the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing offense and finished second in total offense, then topped the league in total offense the following year.
In 2000, Kiser moved to Memphis where he coached quarterbacks. In 2001, he served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Richmond.
Kiser won four varsity letters as a wide receiver at Furman, graduating in 1979. He was named honorable mention all-conference as a senior. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration, graduating cum laude. In 1982, Kiser earned a MBA from the Clemson/Furman joint post- graduate program.
Kiser and his wife, LeAnn, are the parents of four girls: Anna Baugher, 23, Jodi, 21, Jamie, 19, and Kelly, 9.