Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that the New York Jets have added former Toledo linebackers coach Pat Bastien to their coaching staff. According to Zack Rosenblatt of the Athletic, Bastien will be an offensive assistant with the Jets.
In 2017 Bastien was named to 247Sports 30 Under 30 list. This list highlights the best and brightest coaches under 30 in college football.
Bastian played linebacker at UAB before getting into coaching. He appeared in 44 games, starting for three years. He started his coaching career at UCF in 2014, serving as a defensive graduate assistant. After two seasons with the Knights, Bastian moved on to coach linebackers at Georgia Southern. In his first season with the Eagles, Bastian coached two linebackers that topped 100 tackles. Leading the way was Ukeme Eligwe with 104 tackles. Eligwe, drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 draft by the Kansas City Cheifs, has spent time with New York Giants, Tennesse Titians, New York Jets, and the Oakland, Las Vegas Raiders. Ironhead Gallon (102 tackles) was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2018 Bastian went to Georgia and spent two seasons as the assistant director of player development. During his time in Georgia, the Bulldogs played in two consecutive Sugar Bowls, beating Baylor 26-14 on New Year’s Day 2020. The former UAB Dragon then spent a season coaching cornerbacks at Marshall in 2020. While at Marshall, Bastian helped lead a unit that ranked first in the FBS in points allowed (13.0) and second in total defense (279.4 yards). Under Bastian’s tutelage, Thundering Herd cornerback Steven Gilmore made the All-Conference USA First Team.
Bastian then moved on to Western Kentucky in 2021 to coach linebackers again. He then took a job at Toledo this past offseason but never coached a game there, taking the job with the Jets. Upon taking the position with Toledo, Head Coach Jason Candle said, “Pat is an outstanding teacher and brings a lot of football knowledge to our program. He’s been a part of some great defensive staffs. They had the No. 1 defense in the country when he was at Marshall, and he learned a lot under Coach (Kirby) Smart at Georgia when he was there. Those experiences are invaluable when it comes to the schematics of things on the chalkboard. Then you want to make it come to life in your relationships, and I think Pat really understands that part of it.”