Scottie Hazelton was named the Jaguars assistant linebackers coach on February 10, 2014. Hazelton, entering his third season in the NFL, has 18 years of college coaching experience.
Hazelton was tutored as a defensive coach by Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley at North Dakota State. During his career, Hazelton has coached every defensive position (defensive line, linebackers, defensive backs and defensive coordinator).
In his two seasons with the Jaguars, Hazelton has worked closely with LBs Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith. In 2015, Posluszny ranked second in the NFL in tackles per game (9.50), leading the Jaguars in tackles (133) for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Posluszny tied for the team lead with 13 tackles for loss and ranked tied-second with three interceptions.
A fifth-round draft pick in 2014, Smith ranked tied-sixth in the NFL with 128 tackles (99 solo) in 2015, leading all players age 25-or-younger in that category. He tied for the most tackles for loss by a Jaguars player and joined Lavonte David as the only NFL players with at least 125 tackles and multiple forced fumbles in the past season. Smith has produced 227 tackles in his NFL career, the most ever by a Jaguars player in his first two seasons.
In 2013, Hazleton served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Nevada. Previously, Hazleton was linebackers coach at Southern California (2012) after five seasons at North Dakota State. Hazelton was the defensive line coach at North Dakota State from 2007-2009 before being promoted to the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In his first year with the Bison in 2007, the school earned wins against FBS opponents Central Michigan (44-14) and Minnesota (27-21). The following year Hazelton’s defense led the FCS in pass defense, ranked fifth in total defense (254.0 yards per game) and 19th in scoring defense (19.2 points against per game). When he assumed the role as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, North Dakota State made its first trip to the FCS playoffs in 2010, followed by its first FCS National Championship in 2011.
Prior to joining North Dakota State, Hazelton had stints as the linebackers coach at Michigan Tech (2006), defensive coordinator for Missouri Southern State (2004-2005), defensive backs coach for St. Olaf College (2002-2003) and as a graduate assistant at North Dakota State (2000-2001). Hazelton began his coaching career as the defensive backs coach at Fort Lewis College from 1996-1998, before taking over as the defensive coordinator in 1999.
Hazleton, a native of Brighton, Colo., played linebacker at Fort Lewis College from 1992-1994, lettering for three years and earning his undergraduate degree in exercise science. He and his wife, Brooke, have two daughters, Ava and Sophie, along with two sons, Bode West and Crew Mosley.
COACHING BACKGROUND: Fort Lewis College 1996-1999, North Dakota State 2000-01, St. Olaf College 2002-03, Missouri Southern State 2004-05, Michigan Tech 2006, North Dakota State 2007-2011, USC 2012, Nevada 2013, Jacksonville Jaguars 2014-16.