One of the greatest players in Virginia football history, the 2013 season will be Anthony Poindexter's 10th year at UVa and fifth season on the defensive side of the ball. He coaches the Cavalier safeties.
Poindexter was UVa's running backs coach for five years on Al Groh's staff. He was also the assistant special teams coordinator the last four seasons of the Groh era and was the team's special teams coordinator for London's first three years at UVa.
Last season Poindexter broke in two new players at the safety positions. Both Anthony Harris and Brandon Phelps started all 12 games and finished among the team's top five tacklers. Harris was second for UVa with 87 tackles while Phelps accounted for 48 stops.
In 2011, Poindexter's unit helped hold opponents to a completion percentage of just 53.7 percent, the second lowest mark in the ACC. Rodney McLeod led the team with four interceptions, including three at Maryland. He became the first UVa player to accomplish that feat since Poindexter in 1996. McLeod earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades in 2011.
Under Poindexter in 2009, UVa's defensive backs helped the Cavalier defense rank No. 4 in the ACC and No. 21 in the nation in pass defense. Highlighting the group of defensive backs was second-team All-ACC honoree Ras-I Dowling and Chris Cook, who was drafted in the second round (34th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2008, as the head of the running backs, Poindexter saw senior tailback Cedric Peerman conclude one of the most productive careers in school history. Peerman, who played in the Senior Bowl after earning honorable mention All-ACC honors, finished as the 19th most productive back in UVa history, rushing for 1,749 yards and 15 scores.
Poindexter started his UVa coaching career as a graduate assistant on offense in 2003. He returned to his alma mater the year before as a graduate assistant coach for strength and conditioning.
During the 2007 season, Poindexter helped UVa to become one of the best running attacks in the ACC prior to the loss of Peerman to a season-ending injury after six games. Peerman was averaging 113.2 yards per game after five contests before suffering his foot injury. Mikell Simpson then stepped up for UVa and scored eight TDs for the Cavaliers in the final six games of the season, including a school-record 96-yard scoring play in the 2008 Gator Bowl.
In 2006, Poindexter helped UVa's running game average 122.76 yards per game during the second half of the season, powered by TB Jason Snelling. Snelling led the `Hoos with 772 yards on 183 carries for seven touchdowns. On special teams he worked with Chris Gould, who expanded his role from punter to placekicker and kickoff specialist. Gould dropped 27 punts inside the 20-yard line to rewrite the school record. He also drove more than 70 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone, resulting in 20 touchbacks.
In 2005, Poindexter guided the Cavaliers to 1,608 yards of rushing and 18 touchdowns, led by senior Wali Lundy's eight touchdowns. Hampered by an injury early in the season, Lundy rebounded to rush for a career-high 113 yards against Temple. In the upset of No. 24 Georgia Tech, Lundy became UVa's all-time career TD leader. He is also only the third player in ACC history to score 50 career touchdowns
In 2004 Poindexter helped the Cavaliers to the second greatest improvement in rushing average (112.6) in ACC history. UVa's rushing improvement was second best in the nation. The Cavaliers scored a school record 34 rushing touchdowns, led by tailback Wali Lundy's 17 trips to the end zone. All-ACC tailback Alvin Pearman came on late in the season to become the ACC's second-leading rusher. He earned first-team All-ACC honors for the first time after leading the conference with five 100-yard games. Both Lundy and Pearman rank in the top 10 in rushing in school history.
Regarded as one of the fiercest hitters in the game during his collegiate career (1994-98), Poindexter earned first-team All-America honors at safety his junior and senior seasons. He also was chosen the 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is one of only three players in school history to earn first-team All-ACC recognition three times.
He finished his career with 342 career tackles, the ninth-most in school history and tops among ACC defensive backs. He is tied for fifth in school history with 12 interceptions.
As a freshman, Poindexter helped make perhaps the biggest single defensive play in school history when he and teammate Adrian Burnim stopped Florida State tailback Warrick Dunn inches from the goal line on the game's last play to preserve a 33-28 win over the second-ranked Seminoles. With the victory, Virginia ended FSU's four-year, 29-game conference winning streak since joining the league in 1992.
Unfortunately, Poindexter's senior season ended prematurely when he injured his left knee in the seventh game of the season and later underwent reconstructive surgery. Poindexter was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL draft. He spent two seasons with the Ravens before ending his pro career with the Cleveland Browns.
To honor his legacy at UVa, Poindexter's No. 3 jersey was retired on Oct. 10, 2009, prior to Virginia's 47-7 triumph over Indiana at Scott Stadium.
Poindexter earned his degree in anthropology from Virginia in 1999.
Poindexter and his wife, Kimberly, have three children - Morocca, Anthony, Jr. and Chloe.
Jefferson Forest HS, Forest, Va., 1994
wife, Kimberly; children Morocca, Anthony, Jr., and Chloe
Baltimore Ravens (1999-00)
Cleveland Browns (2001)
2003 - Virginia Graduate Assistant
2004-05 - Virginia Running Backs
2006-08 - Virginia Running Backs/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
2009 - Virginia Defensive Backs/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
2010-12 - Virginia Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator