Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert named John Russell, Jr. the team's Assistant Secondary Coach and he joined the staff July 1, 2012. 

Russell starred at Wake Forest from 2006-09 and has been Duke's Defensive Graduate Assistant this past year. After a stint in the NFL that included a 2010 season with the Buffalo Bills, Russell joined Duke's staff in June of 2011, working especially with the Defensive Line and Outside Linebackers.

"John's a guy that will bring huge intensity to us on the defensive side of ball," Lambert said. "He's a coach's son and has been around football all his life. He's a film room junkie that I always knew would be a coach. He's been around me for a long time and knows what we are expecting and how we want the guys treated."

A four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest, Russell was a 2009 co-captain who was named a second team all-ACC Defensive Lineman that year. Russell was a part of the Demon Deacons 2006 ACC Championship team that played in the Orange Bowl and on the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl and 2008 Eagle Bank Bowl championship teams.  He played in 51 games with 29 starts, registering 137 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Russell graduated from Wake Forest in 2010 with a degree in political science.



Education:   Bachelor of Science, Wake Forest, 2010

Coaching Experience


      2011-12: Defensive Graduate Assistant

      Defensive Line/Outside Linebacker

Playing Experience

Wake Forest

      2006-09 Defensive Line

      2006 ACC Champions

      2006 Orange Bowl

      2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl Champions

      2008 Eagle Bank Bowl Champions