Sylacauga’s Pope will be the new defensive line coach at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It has not taken long for Kyle Pope to work his way up the coaching ladder.

After one season working for Hugh Freeze at Liberty University, Kyle Pope has taken a much bigger job at Memphis.

Pope coached linebackers at Liberty, and will now coach the defensive line for the Memphis Tigers. He was hired by new head coach Ryan Silverfield.

Memphis won the American Athletic Conference last season, and appeared in a New Year’s Six bowl game vs. Penn State in the Cotton Bowl after being the highest ranked group of five opponent.

Pope has lived and breathed football since he was a child and continues to do so to this day. Pope was a star at Sylacauga High School and played multiple positions on defense for Sylacauga Head Coach Matt Griffith. After graduating from SHS, Pope went on to play football for Jacksonville State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and wellness with a concentration in human performance.

Memphis is Pope’s sixth stop in his coaching career. Prior to coaching at Liberty, Pope coached at Alabama under Nick Saban, Holmes Community College, West Alabama and Presbyterian College. During his time at both Holmes and West Alabama, Pope was responsible for a number of different tasks on defense side of the ball, while also assisting with special teams at both stops. His duties included recruiting, breaking down opponents’ film and preparing practice plans, while working to develop his student-athletes.