Former William and Mary football safety and graduate assistant coach Sean McDermott will be the Buffalo Bills' next head coach, the Bills announced Wednesday afternoon.
McDermott recently completed his sixth season as the Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator, a year after helping lead the team to the Super Bowl.
Prior to joining the Panthers, McDermott worked 12 years for the Philadelphia Eagles; coaching the secondary andlinebackers and serving as a defensive coordinator for two seasons.
McDermott was an all-conference selection for William and Mary as a senior in 1997 before becoming a graduate assistant in 1998.
At 42, McDermott is now the third-youngest NFL head coach behind the Miami Dolphins' Adam Gase and Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants.
Before Tomlin began his stint as the Steelers' head coach in 2007, the last William and Mary alum to lead an NFL team was Dan Henning with the San Diego Chargers (1989-91).