NATHANIEL WILLINGHAM begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the defensive assistant on February 1, 2022. For Willingham, this is his fourth season coaching in the NFL after five at the college level.
Prior to joining the Jets, Willingham spent three seasons with Denver (2019-21) as the defensive quality control coach. During his time, the Broncos become the first team since 1995 to lead the league in red zone defense in consecutive seasons (2019-20).
Willingham spent five seasons at the college level, including four years at Stanford as a football quality control analyst (2018), defensive assistant (2016-17), and recruiting assistant (2015). In his time there, the Cardinal posted a 40-14 record and won the Rose Bowl (2015). He got his start in college coaching at Menlo College (2014) in California as the tight ends coach before the school eliminated the football program.
A former prep center and defensive tackle at Skyline, Willingham began his coaching career at the school in a variety of roles, ultimately serving as the defensive line coach (2011-12). In his three seasons coaching the varsity, the school won a pair of state championships and posted a 37-5 record.
Willingham and his wife, Rachel, have a son, Auggie. His father, Tyrone, a coach for over 30 years, was the head coach at Stanford (1995-2001), Notre Dame (2002-04) and the University of Washington (2005-08).
New York Jets | 2022-Present
Defensive Assistant - 2022-Present
Denver Broncos | 2019-21
Defensive Quality Control - 2019-21
Stanford University | 2015-18
Football Quality Control Analyst - 2018
Defensive Assistant - 2016-17
Recruiting Assistant - 2015
Menlo College | 2014
Tight Ends - 2014
Skyline (WA) HS | 2008-12
Defensive Line - 2011-12
Assistant Linebackers - 2010
Defensive Line/Offensive Line (J.V.) - 2008-09