Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan football players, coaches, and former Brady Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs.
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Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, played Thursday night against Rutgers, defeating the Scarlet Knights 20-17. Louisville is now in the driver’s seat for the Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s Day.
Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
The Bearcats (8-3) are at UConn Saturday 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN3.
Brady Hoke Coaching Tree
Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Wisconsin, 7-5, is playing for the Big Ten Championship against Nebraska on Saturday, 8:00pm ET on FOX. The Badgers finished 3rd in the Leaders Division, would have finished 6th in a one-division conference, yet are playing in the Title Game.
Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches – Regular Seasons Completed
Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The Tigers finished their regular season at 10-2 overall, 6-2 (tied for 2nd) in SEC West, and ranked 7th nationally in the BCS. Could have a potential bowl matchup against Michigan, not that there would be a storyline for that game…
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, #22 in the BCS standings, finished the regular season 9-3 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten Legends Division (3rd place).
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in Big East Conference play.
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). They are bowl eligible.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 7-5 overall, ended the regular season 4-5, fourth place in the Pac 12 South.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 6-5, completed their season November 17.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The NAIA Saints finished their season November 3, ending with a record of 4-6.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots finished their season on November 3 with a record of 3-5.
Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats ended their season on November 10 with a record of 4-7.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place).
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-7, finished their season on November 17.
Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87), and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10):
Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The Hoosiers finished the season 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Leaders Division (5th place).
Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes finished their season at 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Legends Division (5th place).
Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001);
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); and
Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07):
All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The Eagles finished their with a record of 2-10 overall, 1-7 in the MAC West (last place).
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.
Brady Hoke Coaching Tree – Regular Seasons Completed
John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24.
Rocky Long (Defensive Coordinator for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
Brian Sipe, (Quarterbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
Tony White, (Cornerbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10) and
LeCharls McDaniel (Wide Receivers Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
all remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs ended the regular season 9-3 overall, 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference (tied for first). San Diego State will play against BYU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday, December 20, at 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT on ESPN.
Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and
Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State):
Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. Miami ended its season 4-8 overall, 3-5 in the MAC-East (tied for 4th).
Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. Tennessee Tech, 3-8, finished their season on November 17.
Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The Wildcats, an FCS team, finished their season on November 17 with a record of 2-9.
Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place).