Terry Tilghman was named to the Stetson coaching staff on April 30, 2012. He serves as the Hatters' run game coordinator and offensive line coach.
Tilghman came to Stetson after serving for five seasons as offensive line coach at Kent State University in Ohio where he worked for head coach Doug Martin. Before his stint at Kent State, Tilghman spent three seasons as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of North Alabama.
A native of Mesquite, Texas, Tilghman played collegiately at East Carolina University where he was named to the All-South Independent team in 1994 while also garnering Outstanding Senior honors. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1995 and stayed there as an assistant coach through the 2002 season.
In Tilghman’s first season at Kent State, the Golden Flashes improved from the bottom of the Mid-American Conference in rushing offense in 2005 to third in 2006. The Golden Flashes had the league’s second-best rushing team in 2007 and was first in the MAC, and 11th nationally, in 2008.
At KSU, tackle Augustus Parrish was a two-time second-team All-MAC selection and center Chris Anzevino was named to the 2010 Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List.
During his time at UNA, where he coached for current Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth, he helped mentor the Lions’ record-setting offense. In 2005 UNA broke 26 school records while averaging more than 411 yards and 36 points per game. In his first season at UNA he helped UNA produce three all-conference linemen while the Lions offense set 31 school records.
During his tenure as an assistant at ECU, where he coached for Steve Logan, he served at various times as offensive line coach, tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator and director of football operations. He helped to send five players on to the National Football League and was a part of three bowl teams.
Tilghman received his degree in exercise/sports science from East Carolina in 1995. He and his wife, Jennifer, also a native of Mesquite, Texas, have two sons, Terry II (22) and Jacob (16), and a daughter, Jordan (19). Terry II is a sophomore at the United States Air Force Academy and Jordan is enrolled at Stetson and works as an assistant in the football equipment room.