Turner West made his NFL coaching debut in 2014 as a defensive assistant with the Dallas Cow- boys. In his role, West has worked with Passing Game Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Matt Eber- us, assisting with the continued development of a young core at the linebacker position.
In 2016 the linebacker corps was once again headlined by a career-setting year from Sean Lee. The defensive captain topped out the defense with 174 tackles and 12 tackles for loss - both career-highs - en route to first-team All-Pro and his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod - injury replacement for Luke Kuechly. Anthony Hitchens finished third on the team with a career-high 104 stops to boast two linebackers amongst the top-three tacklers.
The linebacker unit saw a resurgence from Lee in 2015 in his return from a knee injury that cost him the entire 2014 season. Moving positions from the middle over to the weakside to utilize his speed and play-making ability, Lee played in 14 games and led the defense with 156 tackles and 11 tackles for loss to go along with his rst career sacks, tallying 2.5. His breakout year led to his first Pro Bowl nomination, the only Cowboys defender to earn the honor. Rolando McClain returned for his second season with Dallas, appearing in 11 games and racking up 97 tackles, third on the team, with nine tackles for loss and an interception he returned for a touchdown. Another big contributor was second-year defender Hitchens, who tallied 85 tackles and two sacks.
The 2014 season saw a group in flux emerge with several key contributors for a vastly improved defense. Newly acquired McClain finished second on the team with a career-high 108 tackles to go along with nine tackles for loss. Rookie Hitchens was huge for the unit as well, learning to play all three linebacker positions on the y and making significant contributions at all three, totaling 100 tackles and solidifying the group.
West spent two years (2012-13) as a graduate assistant, working with quarterbacks and wide receivers, at Middle Tennessee State. Before working at MTSU, West spent the spring of 2012 with Sam- ford University as a volunteer coach, helping with quarterbacks. In 2011 West served as an intern at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, working with the school’s wide receivers. West played wide receiver at Memphis from 2006-10, where he played for his father, Tommy, who was the school’s head coach.
West earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies from Memphis. He started at cornerback and wide receiver as a senior at Briarcrest Christian High School in Germantown, Tenn., where he also lettered all four years.