Brady Hoke, the former Michigan Wolverines head coach, is back in college football. He has been hired by the Oregon Ducks as their new defensive coordinator.
The school made the move official today. He’ll replace Don Pellum, who was moved to be the team’s linebackers coach. Pellum was the team’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons.
This is Hoke’s first defensive coordinator job in his collegiate coaching career. He was previously a defensive coordinator at Yorktown (Indiana) High School Tigers football team in 1981 and 1982.
He returns to the college ranks for the first time since 2014 when he was the Wolverines head coach from 2011-2014. He was 31-20 during his time — and was much criticized late in his tenure as he couldn’t beat Ohio State.
Hoke was 1-3 against the Buckeyes — the Wolverines biggest rival. If you lose against the Buckeyes, you’re job is always going to be on the line because of the heated rivalry between the two schools.
Hoke won his first meeting against Ohio State when the team won 40-34 in their first meeting. Then, in the next three meetings, the Buckeyes outscored Michigan 110-90.
It didn’t help that in these three years from 2012 through 2014, his win total declined each year. It went from 8 wins to 7 then to five.
Hoke would be replaced by former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached the team to a 10-3 record, which was the team’s best record since Hoke’s 11-2 record in 2011.
During his first-year at the school, he was named the Maxwell Football Cub’s National Coach of the Year in 2011.
In the final year of his tenure as the Wolverines head coach, his defense fell off to one of the worst — being 110th in the nation. In the previous three years, his defensive units were in the Top 17.
While the defense was bad, they allowed 311.3 yards per game.
He also served as the head coach with Ball State (2003-2008) and San Diego State (2009-2010). He has a career 78-70 coaching record, but is 2-3 overall in bowl games.
He’s no stranger to the Great Northwest as he was the Oregon State Beavers defensive line coach from 1989 to 1994. The Beavers are the Ducks rivals.
After leaving the Beavers, he was named the Wolverines defensive end coach from 1995-1996. Then, he served as the defensive line coach from 1997-2001. He also was the associate head coach/defensive end coach in 2002 at Michigan.
Prior to arriving in Oregon, he was the defensive line coach at Grand Valley State and Western Michigan Broncos. He was the Toledo Rockets linebackers coach from 1987-1989.
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