Jeff Phelps is Minnesota's defensive line coach.
Phelps joined the Minnesota staff after spending five years coaching at Northern Illinois. From 2008-2010, he coached the Huskies' entire defensive line. In 2006-07, Phelps was responsible for coaching the Huskie defensive tackles.
Phelps coached defensive end Larry English at NIU. English went on to be named the Mid-American Conference's Most Valuable Player twice and was the 2008 MAC Defensive Player of the Year. He was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, going to the San Diego Chargers.
Phelps began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ball State in 1999. He then spent three seasons at DePauw, where he coached the running backs for two seasons before going to the defensive side of the ball to coach the linebackers. He then spent three seasons at Hillsdale (Mich.) College, where he coached the defensive line from 2003-05 before joining the staff at NIU.
Phelps was a Second-Team All-MAC player at outside linebacker for Ball State following his senior season in 1997. He was also an Honorable Mention All-MAC selection as a junior. The Chicago native holds a bachelor's degree from Ball State.
Phelps is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School, where he was a three-sport standout, earning seven letters - football (2), wrestling (2), track and field (3).
He is married to the former Tyla Turner. The couple has a son, Carsen, and a daughter, Harlyn.
THE PHELPS FILE
2011-present: Minnesota - Defensive Line
2008-10: Northern Illinois - Defensive Line
2006-07: Northern Illinois - Defensive Tackiles
2003-05: Hillsdale College - Defensive Line
2000-02: DePauw University - Linebackers/Running Backs
1999: Ball State - Graduate Assistant
Ball State (Linebacker), 1994-97
B.S., Ball State, 1998
Crete-Monee (Ill.), 1994
November 30, 1976