Brady Hoke expects to retain entire Michigan coaching staff
KALAMAZOO -- Michigan's Brady Hoke says he expects to retain his entire coaching staff for the 2013 season.
That's a rare feat these days. Fewer than 40 programs nationally will return their staffs intact next year.
And for the Wolverines, this actually marks their third consecutive year with the same staff. Only three other programs currently claim that honor (pending further movement), and ironically enough, each hails from the Big Ten: Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern.
Hoke has not lost an assistant since arriving at Michigan before the 2011 season.
"I think that’s important," Hoke said Friday at a MHSFCA event in Kalamazoo. "It shows commitment to those guys doing the job.
"If you’re at Michigan, why would you want to leave?"
Michigan's staff is comprised of:
- Offensive coordinator Al Borges
- Offensive line coach Darryl Funk
- Receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski
- Running backs coach Fred Jackson
- Tight ends/special teams coach Dan Ferrigno
- Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison
- Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery
- Linebackers coach Mark Smith
- Secondary coach Curt Mallory
- Strength coach Aaron Wellman
Hoke has long relationships with many of his assistants, which helps explain some of the stability. He knows Mattison and Ferrigno going back to when they were assistants at Western Michigan in the mid-1980s.
Borges, Hecklinski, Smith, Funk, Mallory and Wellman all coached with Hoke at San Diego State, and followed him to Michigan when he was hired in 2011.
Jackson is the lone Wolverines holdover from the Rich Rodriguez era. He has been at the school since 1992, and worked with Hoke under Lloyd Carr from 1995-2002.
Montgomery is the only assistant without a prior tie to Hoke, joining Michigan after a two-year run as Wyoming's offensive line coach.
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