Jimmy Lake
Jimmy  Lake

Defensive Secondary / Defensive Pass Game Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Eastern Washington (2000)

Jimmy Lake is entering his second season at the Broncos' defensive secondary coach and defensive pass game coordinator.

Lake previously worked in the National Football League, where he coached defensive backs for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-11) and the Detroit Lions (2008). He also served as the Buccaneers' assistant defensive backs coach from 2006-07.

In his debut season with the Broncos, Lake coached a secondary that ranked fifth-nationally in both pass defense (169.46) and pass efficiency defense (101.35). The defensive backs also contributed to a unit that ranked eighth-nationally in scoring defense (15.77) and 12th-nationally in total defense (315.62).

Of the Broncos' 36 turnovers in 2012 - a mark that ranked fourth in the country - 18 came via interception, tied for the 12th-most nationally.

Three of his four starting defensive backs garnered All-Mountain West honors following the season, including first-team selection Jamar Taylor at cornerback. Fellow cornerback Jerrell Gavins was named second-team all-league, and safety Jeremy Ioane garnered honorable mention accolades.

Taylor went on to become the second-highest drafted cornerback in school history, taken in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft - No. 54 overall - by the Miami Dolphins.

While with the Buccaneers, Lake's defensive backs finished seventh in the league in pass defense in 2012, a group that was anchored by five-time Pro Bowl selection Ronde Barber.

Prior to coaching in the professional ranks, Lake served as the secondary coach at Montana State in 2005. The Bobcats' defense finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference, and his secondary allowed a conference-low 165.6 passing yards per game.

Current Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski was on the same staff at Montana State with Lake in 2005. The two also worked together at Eastern Washington, where Kwiatkowski was an assistant coach in 1998 and 1999. Lake was a senior for the Eagles in 1998 before serving as an undergraduate assistant coach in 1999.

Lake also coached cornerbacks and nickels at Washington in 2004. The Huskies' secondary ranked first in the Pacific-10 Conference and 17th-nationally in pass defense. From 2000-03, Lake coached the secondary at EWU.

As a student-athlete for the Eagles, Lake earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors at strong safety, and was also an Academic All-Big Sky selection. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in business administration.

Lake and wife Michele have three children: Jimmy, Jr., Faith and Bronson.

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