Gene Chizik received a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Florida in 1985. During his time as a student, Gene Chizik played on the football team, which captured the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship in 1983. After graduation, Gene Chizik enrolled at Clemson University, where he earned a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1991. While Gene Chizik served as a graduate assistant with the outside linebacker corps of the Clemson football team, he earned the opportunity to coach the team in the 1988 Citrus Bowl and the 1989 Gator Bowl.
Over the next 10 years, Gene Chizik held a number of coaching positions with teams at Middle Tennessee State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and the University of Central Florida. Gene Chizik launched his coaching career at Seminole High School as an Inside Linebacker Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Coach Chizik led Auburn to a perfect 13-0 record in 2010 and put Auburn into position to play for its first National Championship since 1957. In 2002, Gene Chizik accepted an offer to become the Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach at Auburn University. As a member of the coaching staff at Auburn, Gene Chizik helped lead the team to berths in the 2003 Capital One Bowl, the 2003 Music City Bowl, and the 2005 Sugar Bowl.
In 2005, Gene Chizik joined the Texas Longhorns as the team’s Co-Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, and Linebackers Coach. After a championship-winning season capped by a victory over USC in the Rose Bowl, Gene Chizikbecame the Head Coach of Iowa State University in November 2006. After two modestly successful development years at the helm of Iowa State, Gene Chizik joined Auburn University as the team’s Head Coach, a position he holds today. Chizik led Auburn to a BCS National Championship in 2010 and was named the Home Depot National Coach of the Year.