Oregon football: Ducks hire Brady Hoke as defensive coordinator
EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke will be Oregon's new defensive coordinator, Ducks' head coach Mark Helfrich announced Saturday.
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"We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Hoke to the Oregon family," Helfrich said. "He's passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint."
The year before his arrival at UM, the Wolverines ranked 110th out of 120 FBS teams in total defense (450.8 yards per game). Under Hoke's tutelage, Michigan improved to 17th (322.2), shaving off nearly 130 yards per game. The final year of his tenure was the Wolverines' best on defense as they ranked seventh in the nation, allowing only 311.3 yards per contest.
Hoke oversaw a pair of top 5 recruiting classes at Michigan. The 2013 class ranked No. 2 nationally and produced 2015 All-America selections Jake Butt (TE) and Jourdan Lewis (CB).
Overall, Hoke brings more than 30 years of experience to Eugene, including 12 as an FBS head coach with successful stints at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10). In addition to his Big Ten coach of the year award, Hoke was the Middle Atlantic Conference coach of the year in 2008 and the Mountain West Conference coach of the year in 2010.
As a Michigan assistant from 1995 to 2002, Hoke coached the defensive line and was part of three Big Ten championship teams, including the 1997 national champion and Rose Bowl winning squad.
Hoke is no stranger to Oregon or the Pac-12, having spent five years as an assistant at Oregon State from 1989 to 1994.