The 2020 season marks the second for Jovan Haye, a former Vanderbilt defensive standout and a veteran of the NFL, to serve as the Commodores’ defensive line coach.
In 2019, Haye, who in the same year was named an SEC Legend, mentored a young line that featured defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo, and interior tackles Drew Birchmeier, Cameron Tidd and Daevion Davis.
In 2018, Haye served as a Vanderbilt quality control, assisting the defensive staff that worked with coordinator Jason Tarver.
Haye was a two-time captain and All-Southeastern Conference performer for the Commodores while starting 34 games on the defensive line from 2002-04.
As an All-SEC defensive end in 2003, Haye was a Nagurski Award and Hendricks Trophy candidate, registering 76 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 quarterback sacks. That year, he set a modern team record with 4.5 tackles for loss at TCU, a performance that included three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
As a senior, Haye finished with 48 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
He ended his Vanderbilt career with 11.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss among 149 tackles.
Haye was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by Carolina. He played for one season with the Panthers before moving on to the Cleveland Browns for the 2006 season.
Later in 2006, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played three seasons. In Tampa Bay, Haye started 30 games at defensive tackle, earning 118 tackles and six quarterback sacks.
After the 2009 season, Haye signed with Tennessee, playing the 2009-10 seasons with the Titans.
During his NFL career, Haye registered 6.5 quarterback sacks among 185 tackles.
A native of Mandeville, Jamaica who moved to the United States in the first grade. Eventually, Haye would start as a prep lineman at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, before signing a scholarship with the Commodores.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt in 2007.
Haye and his wife Jennifer live in Brentwood. They are the parents of three girls: Jorielle, Jaiana and Janiyah.
The Haye File
2019-present – Vanderbilt – Defensive Line Coach
2018 – Vanderbilt – Defensive Quality Control