Ex-Wolverine Updates: Coaches, Summer 2019

Ex-Wolverine Updates: Coaches, Summer 2019

July 22, 2019
Brady Hoke (image via College Football Talk)

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I do Ex-Wolverine Updates throughout the season, but I generally don’t include former coaches. In this case I have listed every Michigan coach over the past twenty years that is still in the game (for example, I think Steve Szabo, Stan Parrish, Bobby Morrison, Greg Robinson, etc. are retired permanently). There’s no way to keep track of every former Michigan player toiling away as a high school assistant coach or D-III strength and conditioning guy, but if you have any additions to the list, please let me know. I’m sure I’ve missed a few guys who are coaching or graduate assistant-ing.

For more Ex-Wolverine news, check out these posts on transfers (LINK) and former commits (LINK).


Teryl Austin, Secondary (Pittsburgh Steelers): Austin was let go as the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator after last season, and he latched on with the Steelers.

John Baxter, Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator (USC): Baxter enters his fourth season back at USC after spending just one season with the Wolverines in 2015.

Al Borges, Offensive Assistant (UTSA): Borges was relieved of his duties as UTSA’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after 2018, when they finished #129 in scoring (out of 130). He remains on staff as an offensive assistant.

Adam Braithwaite, Defensive Coordinator (Richmond): The former safeties coach is in his third season as Richmond’s defensive coordinator.

*Erik Campbell, Wide Receivers (Bowling Green): Campbell is in his first season with BGSU after spending last year at FCS Delaware.

Mike DeBord (out of football): DeBord was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Fleet of the AAF, but I don’t know that he has found a football job since then.

Tony Dews, Running Backs (Tennessee Titans): This will be Dews’s second season with the Titans.

Tim Drevno, Offensive Line (USC): Drevno moves from running backs coach to offensive line coach at USC in his second season back with the Trojans.

D.J. Durkin, Consultant (Alabama): Durkin, formerly Maryland’s head coach, is consulting in a non-coaching role with the Crimson Tide.

Ron English, Safeties (Florida): English goes into his second year as Florida’s safeties coach.

Dan Ferrigno, Wide Receivers/Special Teams Coordinator (Cal-Poly): Ferrigno enters his third season with Cal-Poly.

Jedd Fisch, Assistant Offensive Coach (Los Angeles Rams): Fisch enters his second season as an assistant with the Rams.

Greg Frey (out of football): As far as I know, Frey is not on a coaching staff as of right now.

Darrell Funk, Offensive Line (UTSA): Funk enters his second year as UTSA’s offensive line coach.

Tony Gibson, Co-Defensive Coordinator (North Carolina State): Gibson goes into his first season as co-defensive coordinator at N.C. State.

Pep Hamilton, General Manager/Head Coach (Washington, D.C.’s XFL team): Hamilton is going into his first year as the head coach and GM of D.C.’s XFL team, which is as yet unnamed.

Joe Hastings, Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers (Indiana State): Hastings is starting his second season as the wide receivers coach and first as the passing game coordinator at Indiana State.

Jeff Hecklinski, Tight Ends (Kansas): Hecklinski was at Indiana State the past couple seasons but now joins Les Miles on Kansas’s staff.

Jim Herrmann, Defensive Coordinator (New York’s XFL team): Herrmann was hired to be the linebackers coach at BGSU this off-season, but he left after two months to work in the XFL as a defensive coordinator.

Brady Hoke, Defensive Line (San Diego State): Hoke is in his first year back at San Diego State as the defensive line coach.

Jay Hopson, Head Coach (Southern Mississippi): Hopson enters his fourth season with a 21-16 record in FBS. He was 32-17 at Alcorn State before that.

Greg Jackson, Safeties (Dallas Cowboys): Jackson goes into his fourth season with the Cowboys.

*Scot Loeffler, Head Coach (Bowling Green): Loeffler was named head coach at BGSU this off-season after being the offensive coordinator at Boston College.

Calvin Magee, Tight Ends (Ole Miss): Rich Rodriguez’s old buddy joins him on staff at Ole Miss after spending last season at New Mexico State.

*Curt Mallory, Head Coach (Indiana State): Mallory enters his third season as the head coach of the Sycamores. So far he’s 7-15.

Terry Malone, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (Bowling Green): Malone was at Western Michigan the past couple seasons and joins BGSU with Loeffler. Malone was the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Michigan from 1997-2005.

*Roy Manning, Cornerbacks (Oklahoma): Manning joins Oklahoma’s staff after spending last year at UCLA.

Greg Mattison, Co-Defensive Coordinator (Ohio State): Mattison is in his first season at OSU.

Jim McElwain, Head Coach (Central Michigan): McElwain goes into his first season as CMU’s head coach.

*Les Miles, Head Coach (Kansas): Miles was hired to be the Jayhawks’ head coach this off-season.

Jerry Montgomery, Defensive Line (Green Bay Packers): Montgomery goes into his second season as the Packers’ defensive line coach.

Doug Nussmeier, Tight Ends (Dallas Cowboys): Nussmeier goes into his second season with the Cowboys.

Rich Rodriguez, Offensive Coordinator (Ole Miss): Rodriguez enters his first season as an offensive coordinator since he was coaching Woody Dantzler at Clemson in 2000.

Scott Shafer, Defensive Coordinator (Middle Tennessee): Shafer enters his third year as Middle Tennessee State’s defensive coordinator.

Bill Sheridan, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers (Boston College): Sheridan goes into his second season at Boston College.

Mark Smith, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line (Indiana State): Smith works along with Mallory in his third year at Indiana State.

Rod Smith, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (Illinois): Smith is in his second season as the Illinois offensive coordinator. Along with hyper-athletic freshman Isaiah Williams, Smith will have a chance to work with Michigan transfer quarterback Brandon Peters.

Bruce Tall, Defensive Consultant (Mississippi State): Tall is now a defensive consultant in an off-the-field capacity for the Bulldogs.

Al Washington, Linebackers (Ohio State): Washington is in his first year at OSU.

*Tyrone Wheatley, Head Coach (Morgan State): Wheatley was let go as the Jacksonville Jaguars running backs coach after two seasons, but he was named head coach for Morgan State this past off-season.


Mike Hart, Running Backs (Indiana): Hart is in his third year with the Hoosiers.

Cato June, Outside Linebackers (Howard): June enters his fourth season as a coach at Howard; he’s the outside linebackers coach and previously coached running backs and safeties.

Marcus Knight, Running Backs (Indiana State): Knight, who was previously the wide receivers coach at Central Michigan, is in his first season as the running backs coach for Indiana State.

Patrick Kugler, Offensive Line (Howard): Kugler, who was a graduate assistant at Michigan after his playing career ended, goes into his first season as Howard’s offensive line coach.

Doug Mallory, Defensive Assistant (Atlanta Falcons): Mallory is entering his fifth season as a defensive assistant with the Falcons.

Mike Mallory, Assistant Special Teams Coordinator (Jacksonville Jaguars): Mallory is in his third season in this role with the Jaguars.

Desmond Morgan, Special Teams Quality Control (Minnesota): Morgan was a graduate assistant at Maryland the past two years and moves on to the Gophers as a quality control guy.

Roy Roundtree, Graduate Assistant (Michigan): Roundtree is in his second season helping out with the wide receivers at his alma mater.

Nick Sheridan, Tight Ends (Indiana): Sheridan spent the last two seasons as Indiana’s quarterbacks coach and now moves over to tight ends for 2019.

*Also played football at Michigan


  1. Comments: 522
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    Jul 22, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    This is a fantastic collection of information about the former coaches and players! I often get a thought in my head, “I wonder where X is now?” and this helped answer a bunch of questions.

    It’ll be interesting to see how Mattison does at OSU, and how Rodriguez does at Ole Miss. I would add Les Miles at Kansas, but I fear that’s pretty much a no-win situation. Has Kansas *ever* had a good football team?

    Fall camp starts in — what? — two or three weeks. Yea!

    • Comments: 1356
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Jul 22, 2019 at 7:57 AM

      Bill Snyder got it done at Kansas State, where, IMO, the second most interesting coaching transition of the year is going on with Chris Klieman taking over after winning 4 national championships in 5 years as a head coach and 7 or 8 in total at North Dakota State.

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 22, 2019 at 8:54 AM

      I’m glad it’s appreciated.

      Yes, Kansas has been a good football program. None other than Fielding Yost went 10-0 as their football coach.

      In 1899.

      • Comments: 1356
        Joined: 8/13/2015
        Jul 22, 2019 at 10:03 AM

        So, they’re due.

      • Comments: 1863
        Joined: 1/19/2016
        Jul 22, 2019 at 10:28 AM

        Don’t forget the Todd Reesing Orange Bowl year, under Mark Mangino! Both Kansas & Mizzou were good that year

  2. Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    OUTSTANDING list Thunder!

    Frey is an offensive assistant in Gainesville. Yep, after getting fired from his Alma Mater, he went to the rival…

    Hard to believe teryl austin was a big name a few years ago, even mentioned for MICHIGAN for the 2014 HC search. Now he’s back down to position guy. That’s coaching!

    Roy Manning is back at Cornerbacks? Yikes

  3. Comments: 6285
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Jul 22, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Impressive and interesting. Nice post.

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