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Ben Albert
Associate Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
Alma Mater: Massachusetts '95
Phone: (919) 668-6042

Ben Albert joined the Duke staff in February, 2016 and serves as the program's Associate Defensive Coordinator and defensive line coach.

During the 2016 campaign, Albert's work along the defensive line resulted in Duke finishing the year tied for 46th nationally with 29.0 sacks and tied for 37th with 2.42 sacks per game. During the 2015 season, Duke totaled just 17.0 sacks during the 13-game season. The 29.0 sacks were the fourth most by any Duke team during a campaign.

Individually, Albert helped defensive tackle A.J. Wolf become one of 19 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Candidates represent the qualities embodied by the award: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Wolf was also a finalist for the 2016 Pop Warner College Football Award. Wolf repeated as a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree, becoming just the second Blue Devil to receive multiple CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America accolades, joining three-time selection Mike Diminick (1986-87-88).

Albert joined the Blue Devil staff after spending the previous three seasons (2013-14-15) coaching the defensive line at Boston College. In 2015, the Eagles led the country in total defense (254.3), third down conversion defense (.241) and tackles for loss per game (9.6) while also ranking among the nation's top five in rushing defense (2nd; 82.8), scoring defense (4th; 15.3) and passing efficiency defense (5th; 104.66). During his tenure, Albert helped Boston College to bowl game appearances in 2013 (Advocare v100 Independence) and 2014 (New Era Pinstripe).

Prior to his three campaigns in Chestnut Hill, Albert served two seasons (2011-12) as the linebackers coach at Temple University. In 2011, he helped the Owls rank third nationally in scoring defense (13.9) as Temple posted a 9-4 overall record and defeated Wyoming, 37-15, in the New Mexico Bowl, for the program's first bowl victory in 32 years. While at Temple, Albert mentored Tahir Whitehead, who earned All-MAC honors prior to being a fifth round choice of the Detroit Lions in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Albert spent the 2010 season on the staff of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, serving as an assistant defensive line coach.

A native of Paterson, N.J., Albert got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Massachusetts, where he coached the defensive line for two seasons (1995-96) before helping Richmond to a pair of conference championships during a four-year (1997-98-99-00) stint coaching the Spider defensive line and linebackers.

After one season (2001) mentoring the defensive front at Rutgers, Albert returned to Massachusetts for two seasons (2002-03) to coach the inside linebackers while coordinating the special teams units. During this stretch, he helped the Minutemen to the 2003 Atlantic 10 Conference championship and aided in the recruitment of fellow Paterson native wide receiver Victor Cruz to Massachusetts. Cruz, a two-time all-conference pick at Massachusetts, helped the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012.

Albert then served a second stint at Richmond (2004) as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator before a four-year (2006-07-08-09) tenure as the associate head coach and linebackers coach at Delaware.

An all-conference defensive lineman at Massachusetts, Albert graduated in 1995 with a degree in political science and sociology. He later earned a master's degree in education from Massachusetts in 1997. Albert and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Maya and Elijah.