IMG Academy Coaches

Joe Sturdivant - Defensive Coordinator

Joe Sturdivant

Defensive Coordinator
With IMG Since:


Lilburn, Georgia

About Joe Sturdivant

Print Bio

Joe Sturdivant was named the Defensive Coordinator of the IMG Academy Football Program in February of 2013. Prior to joining IMG Academy, Sturdivant coached professional football teams in the European League.

Sturdivant is originally from Lilburn, Ga. Joe's Grandfather is the late Tom Sturdivant, former New York Yankees starter and World Series Champion. Joe's father is the late Paul Sturdivant, a former SMU standout Middle Linebacker. His Mother, Mary, is a former Miss New Jersey winner. Joe has two sisters, one brother, and 8 nieces and nephews.

In his free time, Joe loves to hunt, fish, wakeboard, and snowboard. He once snowboarded on top of Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe.


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics from Southern Methodist University


  • Played professionally in Europe for the Cineplexx Blue Devils of Austria, The Marburg Mercenaries of Germany, and the Catania Elephants of Italy
  • Led the US National Team to the Gold Medal in the 2011 IFAF World Championship of American Football in Vienna Austria as the only 2 way player and recorded a touchdown
  • Defensive Coordinator for First Baptist Academy
  • Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Marburg Mercenaries in the German Football League and led them to have the strongest defense in the GFL
  • Started the Marburg Mercenaries 2nd Team and led them to a 7-1 record and League Championship
  • Co-Defensive Coordinator of his former high school
  • Student Assistant Defensive Backs coach for SMU
  • Started for Team Texas in the Texas vs. the Nation All Star game
  • Top 5 tacklers in the country (’05-’06)
  • Named All Conference-USA Defensive Back twice
  • Named SMU Defensive MVP (’05-’06)
  • Led his high school to 3 5A state championships
  • Gwinnett County Athlete of the Year
  • Parkview High School Athlete of the Year
  • Parkview High School's Student Athlete of the Year
  • Won state championships for his high school baseball team in 2000 and 2001.
Others in this group:
  • Adam Behrends
    Adam Behrends
  • E.G. Green
    E.G. Green
  • Spencer Hodges
    Offensive Line Coach
  • Tommy Langford - Linebacker Coach
    Tommy Langford
  • Billy Miller
    Kicking and Special Teams Coach
  • Andrew Myers
    Andrew Myers
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