Auburn linebacker Travis Williams runs through drills on Saturday, August 7, 2004 in Auburn, Ala. Linebacker coach Joe Whitt is on the left.

Former Auburn University assistant coach Joe Whitt, Sr., is the recipient of the AFCA 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award was recognizes AFCA members, past and present, who have achieved outstanding success while coaching football.

“Receiving this award means so much to me because it means I coached with a lot of great men and had a lot of great student-athletes play for me,” said Joe Whitt, Sr., in a press release. “I’m very humbled by this honor and don’t have the words to express what it really means to me. I’m grateful to the AFCA for this honor.”

Whitt graduated from Alabama State, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. While with the Hornets, Whitt played defensive end for three years.

He coached for 25 years as an assistant coach, and worked with four different head coaches — Paty Dye, Terry Bowden, (interim head coach) Bill Oliver and Tommy Tuberville. He split his time on the Plains as a primary defensive assistant, coaching defensive ends, the defensive line and linebackers.

To begin his coaching career, Whitt took on an assistant coaching role in 1974 at Robert E. Lee High School. He stayed in his role for seven years before moving on to Auburn University where he served as outside linebackers coach and assistant head coach.

Whitt was able to be a part of five SEC titles (1983, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 2004) with Auburn, as well as two undefeated teams (1993 and 2004). He also coached in 17 bowl games. He retired from coaching in 2005, but not before sending coaching up 20 players that would play in the NFL.

Following his retirement from coaching in 2005, Whitt took on the role of an assistant athletic director and fundraiser at Auburn for nine years.

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