Mayur Chaudhari brings 20+ years of coaching experience to Atlanta, as he joined the Falcons as special teams assistant in 2018. Prior to Atlanta, he was the special teams coordinator for the University of Hawai’i for two seasons (2016-17). The San Jose, Calif., native coached current Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez at Hawaii in 2016, where concluded a two-year career that saw him finish as the school’s all-time leader in career punting average (44.8) and single-season field-goal accuracy (13-for-13). In addition to special teams, Chaudhari coached the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive ends in 2016 and the tight ends in 2017.
In the summer of 2015, Chaudhari spent time with the Falcons participating in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship.
Prior to Hawai’I, Chaudhari spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he oversaw the special teams and secondary for the Bears. In 2015, L-R topped the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and ranked fourth in the nation in net punting under Chaudhari’s guidance. The unit led by all-SAC punter Michael DeStephens and all-SAC kick returner Kristaan Ivory, who led the conference with a 25.9 average and ranked fourth in the nation. Also in 2015, cornerback Ivan Milliken provided the Bears with four blocks on special teams, three punts and a field goal, while Kyle Dugger was named the SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year after intercepting four passes and breaking up six more, while also blocking two kicks and scoring touchdowns on a punt return and blocked field goal. Safety Chris Shaffer also was named for first-team all-SAC honors and picked up CoSIDA Academic All-America second-team accolades after recording 157 takedowns and six picks. In 2014, L-R finished 11-1 and claimed the conference title and No. 1 seed in the NCAA Playoffs, before finishing the season No. 8. In 2014, both free safety Marcus Kincaid and placekicker Justin Powell earned all-SAC accolades. Powell also earned all-region and All-American honors as well after making 11-of-13 field-goal attempts and 54-of-57 extra points.
Chaudhari arrived at L-R after spending one season (2013) as Army West Point’s safeties coach. He was also the United States Military Academy’s head junior varsity coach during his stint in West Point, fulfilling roles as the defensive and special teams coordinator. One of Chaudhari’s Black Knights safeties, Thomas Holloway, earned second-team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, leading the team in tackles despite missing four games. Chaudhari also coached at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School as the special teams coordinator, and worked with the secondary, linebackers and wide receivers for two seasons (2011-12). In addition, Chaudhari was the school’s head track and field coach.
Chaudhari also had stints at Virginia Military Institute (2010) as safeties and nickels coach and San José State (2008-09) as a graduate assistant with roles as special teams, safeties and linebackers coach. At SJSU, Chaudhari mentored Duke Ihenacho to first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2009.
While in recent years he has coached on the eastern seaboard, Chaudhari’s roots are on the west coast, holding numerous tenures in California, including one season at his alma mater, UC Davis (2007), as linebackers coach following a year at Stanford (2006) as a defensive intern aiding the secondary coaches and Menlo College (2005), where he worked with the team’s running backs, served as video coordinator and assisted in recruiting.
He began his collegiate coaching career at UC Davis in 1998 as video coordinator and an offensive assistant. Following his initial season, his role expanded and assisted with running backs and tight ends while continuing to serve as video coordinator. In addition to his football workload, he also competed for UC Davis men’s lacrosse. Chaudhari is married to the former Leigh Kincaid, who is the daughter of former University of Hawai‘i head coach Dick Tomey (1977-86). A San Jose native, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a history minor from UC Davis in 2002.