Michigan Football Defensive Coordinator Don Brown


Title: Defensive Coordinator

Don Brown is in his third season as Michigan's Matthew and Nicole Lester Family Football Defensive Coordinator in 2018. Brown is widely regarded as one of the top defensive minds in the country; his units are known for their attacking style and stingy run defense, with a fierce commitment to a heavy blitz scheme.

In both of Brown's first two seasons leading the defense, Michigan's unit led the nation in both passing defense and third down conversion percentage allowed. U-M became the first program since 2004-05 Alabama to allow fewer than 1,750 yards passing in consecutive seasons. U-M ranked first or second nationally in seven categories in 2016, and was top-three in five categories in 2017. An incredible 21 of 22 defensive starters have earned All-Big Ten honors during his tenure (11 in 2016, 10 in 2017), including eight who received first-team recognition. Four Wolverines have earned All-American recognition under Brown: Devin Bush, consensus honorees Maurice Hurst and Jourdan Lewis and unanimous selection Jabrill Peppers.

Opponents have been forced into three-and-outs at a high rate against Michigan; 44.5 percent of possessions in 2016 and 51.2 percent in 2017 resulted in three-and-outs. U-M averaged 9.3 tackles for loss per game in 2016 and 8.5 the following year, leading the NCAA with an 11.64 percent sack rate.

In 2017, the Wolverines led the Big Ten in five categories, including pass defense, sacks, tackles for loss, first and third downs allowed. The year before, U-M led the Big Ten in eight defensive categories, including scoring defense, pass defense, pass defense efficiency, third down conversions allowed and red zone defense.

Under Brown in 2017, Michigan was the only team in the country to hold five opponents to fewer than 200 yards of total offense, something only three other schools accomplished four times during the season and something no other Big Ten school has accomplished the previous 20 years. Eleven of 13 opponents were held under 200 yards passing.

Michigan's linebackers enjoyed career seasons under Brown, too, with all three starters setting new career-highs across the board. Mike McCray recorded 84 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss (No. 3, Big Ten), 5.0 sacks, one interception and one pass breakup. As a true sophomore, Devin Bush received second and third-team All-American honors and was named a finalist for the Butkus Award. He recorded a team-best 102 tackles, adding 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine pass breakups and one interception. Bush's classmate Khaleke Hudson made 83 stops, a team and Big Ten-best 18.5 tackles for loss (No. 2, Big Ten), 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups.

Bush (first team, coaches; second team, media), McCray (honorable mention) and Hudson (third team, coaches) each earned All-Big Ten accolades as well.

In 2016, U-M allowed just 28 red zone trips all year, fewest in the nation, and when opposing offenses did get into the red zone, U-M's red zone defense percentage of 71.4 often stifled them. On the turnover front, the U-M defense allowed just 11 passing touchdowns all season while generating 13 interceptions and 19 total turnovers.

Eight opponents were held to fewer than 85 yards rushing, and that same number of teams failed to score a rushing touchdown against Michigan. The team surrendered just 53 fourth-quarter points all year. U-M finished second in tackles for loss per game (9.3) and ranked fourth in tackles for loss per game (3.54), the only school in the country to average more than nine and three in those two categories. Eight games in 2016 featured double-digit Wolverine tackles for loss, and seven of U-M's 13 opponents were held to 10 points or fewer.

Brown helped U-M's linebacker core excel too, as Ben Gedeon (106 tackles), Mike McCray (76) and Jabrill Peppers (72) each set career-highs in tackles and all three earned all-conference accolades. In addition to ranking one-two-three on the team in tackles, that trio combined for 13.5 tackles for loss, with each registering at least 4.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Peppers earned unanimous first-team All-American honors and cornerback Jourdan Lewis was a consensus first team All-American as well. That duo collected four Big Ten awards (three, Peppers; one, Lewis) as being the best at their respective positions, and were named winners, finalists or semifinalists for the following awards: the Jim Thorpe Award (Lewis), Paul Hornung Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Maxwell Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Heisman Trophy (Peppers).

A native of Spencer, Massachusetts, Brown brings 35 years of coaching experience to U-M, including 22 as a defensive coordinator, as of the end of the 2016 season. He has spent time all over New England, including 12 seasons as a head coach, compiling a 94-45 record at three different institutions (Plymouth State, 1993-95; Northeastern, 2000-03; Massachusetts, 2004-08) with five conference titles and six playoff appearances.

Before coming to Ann Arbor, he guided the Eagles' defense to a banner year, with the unit leading the nation in eight defensive categories: total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, red zone defense, first down defense, third down defense, fourth down defense and tackles for loss. Boston College also ranked second in pass defense and pass efficiency defense.

The team allowed just 13 touchdowns over the first six weeks of the season, surrendered just seven rush yards in the first two contests, and held seven opponents to sub-100-yard rushing performances overall. They played their best football against their biggest opponents, including suffocating the No. 9 Florida State offense to its lowest total yardage figure since 2011 (217 yards) and forcing five turnovers against No. 4 Notre Dame.

The team's front seven improved greatly during the three years Brown was at the helm of the BC defense. The Eagles recorded six sacks (last in the nation) the year before his arrival, accumulating just 45 tackles-for-loss for 147 yards. In just one year, Brown helped that number spike to 36 sacks and 88 tackles-for-loss, totaling 371 yards lost, and one year later they group recorded 33 sacks and 89 tackles-for-loss, piling up to 351 yards. In 2015, his final year at BC, the team registered 34 sacks, piling up 115 tackles-for-loss to take 470 yards from their opponents.

Brown has been part of a number of championship teams at all levels of college football. He helped Dartmouth to a co-Ivy League championship as an assistant in 1982 and coordinated the Yale defense to an Ivy League title in 1989. He was also a part of staffs that earned conference titles at Plymouth State (Division III; two), Massachusetts (four) and Northeastern (one).

For his work in helping to turn the BC program around, Brown was nominated three times for the Broyles Award (2013-15), given to the nation's top assistant in college football, and collected American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year accolades for the FBS.

Prior to joining Steve Addazzio's staff at BC, Brown served two years as the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Connecticut. The Huskies defense ranked among the nation's top 25 in five major categories during his two-year tenure, including a top-five ranking against the run. During Brown’s two-year stretch in Stoors, five defensive players were selected in the NFL Draft, including 2012 first-round selection Kendall Reyes (31st overall).

He spent two years at Maryland (2009-10) in the same role, improving the Terps' defense significantly, to top-40 ranks in total defense and scoring defense, top-25 rankings in rushing defense and turnovers gained, and a top-10 ranking in pass efficiency defense.

At Massachusetts, Brown was head coach from 2004-08, leading the winningest five-year stretch in school history. The Minutemen tallied a program-best 43-19 record during that span (.694 winning percentage), highlighted by a two-year stretch (2006-07) during which the team went 23-5 overall, with a school-record 12-game win streak capped by a 13-2 record and national championship game appearance in 2006. Brown earned AFCA Region I Coach of the Year honors as a result and collected Atlantic 10 and New England Coach of the Year honors as well.

In the four seasons prior, Brown was head coach at Northeastern during a turnaround effort, taking a team that went 2-9 in 1999 to a 10-3 record in 2002, leading the Huskies to the school's lone NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance. Brown's tenure culminated in a 27-20 overall record, including an 18-7 record over the last two seasons. That season brought Brown the Atlantic and New England Coach of the Year honors as well as New England Football Writers Coach of the Year recognition.

During his first stop at UMass, Brown was defensive coordinator from 1998-99, helping the Minutemen to one of the best two-year stretches in school history, highlighted by a Division I-AA national championship in 1998.

He spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Brown prior to his first stop in Amherst (1996-97). His final year at Brown saw the team post its best record in 20 years at 7-3. Brown coached the defense to a school-record 28 interceptions and 36 takeaways overall, the second-highest total in program history.

As a head coach, Brown led Plymouth State to two Division III playoff appearances in three seasons (1993-95), collecting AFCA District I Coach of the Year honors in all three years.

He spent time as a defensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1984-86) and Yale (1987-92), where he also served as the interim baseball coach in 1992, leading the team to a 26-10 season and an NCAA Tournament bid. He was an assistant at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania (1983) before that, and he began his coaching career as an assistant at Dartmouth in 1982 after coaching and teaching at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vermont, in the years earlier.

Brown graduated from Norwich University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and later earned his master's degree from Plymouth State in 1996. He was a star running back and four-year letterwinner at NU, from 1973-76 and earned another two varsity letters playing basketball. Brown was elected into the Vermont Military academy's Hall of Fame in 2007, 30 years after his graduation.

Brown graduated from David Prouty High School in Spencer, Massachusetts. He and his wife Deborah have four children and 10 grandchildren.

Michigan Football Running Backs/Co-Special Teams Coordinator Jay Harbaugh


Title: Running Backs / Co-Special Teams Coordinator

Jay Harbaugh is in his fourth season with U-M and his second as the team's running backs coach and assistant special teams coach.
In his first two years with the program, Harbaugh worked as tight ends coach, in addition to his duties with special teams. He began coaching the running backs group prior to the 2017 season.

Most recently in 2017, Harbaugh helped lead a ground attack that accomplished several feats not recently met in program history. Three running backs averaged 5.0 yards per carry or better and each ran for over 500 yards, marking the first time since 1991 that three or more backs reached that figure. As a team, Michigan ran for over 2,000 yards for the third straight season under J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh.

Karan Higdon came within six yards of Michigan's first 1,000-yard rushing season since 2011, finishing with 994 yards and 11 touchdowns. Higdon was top-five in the conference in both yards per carry (6.02) and total touchdowns (11), and Chris Evans was sixth in the league at 5.07 yards per carry. Evans had 685 yards on the ground and another 157 yards receiving. Ty Isaac, who was limited to nine games due to injury, had 548 yards rushing with an average of 6.2 yards per carry.

Between them, that trio hit several notable accomplishments and accounted for nearly 70 percent of the team's total scoring output (20 of 29 touchdowns; 68.9 percent). Higdon (third team, coaches and media) and Evans (honorable mention, coaches) earned All-Big Ten recognition.

With regard to special teams, Harbaugh coached the nation's No. 1 kickoff coverage unit, yielding just 15.0 yards per return to opponents.

In 2016, tight end Jake Butt became the first-ever Michigan player to be given the John Mackey Award, which recognizes the most outstanding collegiate tight end each season. Butt also earned consensus first team All-America recognition for the second consecutive season, and also repeated his Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year honor from the year before. He became Michigan's all-time leader in receptions (138) and yards (1,646) among tight ends, scoring seven of his 11 career touchdowns under Harbaugh's guidance. As a whole, the tight end unit combined for 63 catches, 667 yards and six touchdowns.

Harbaugh helped coach the special teams to rank second nationally with seven blocked kicks in 2016 (four punts and three field goals/points after touchdown), not including three tipped kicks or punts and one deflected by an opponent. The unit also forced and recovered a pair of fumbles. U-M led the Big Ten in punt return average (14.28 yards per return), blocked kicks and punts (seven) and blocked kicks and punts allowed (zero), ranking second in net punting (38.57 yards per punt). Jabrill Peppers led the conference in punt return average and punt return touchdowns.

In 2015, Butt set career highs with 51 receptions totaling 654 yards and three touchdowns, being recognized as a Mackey Award Semifinalist on his way to earning the first of his two first-team All-America and Big Ten Tight End of the Year honors. As a whole, the tight end corps collected 72 passes for 926 yards and three touchdowns. On special teams, the Wolverines led the Big Ten and were third nationally in kick returns, averaging 28.4 yards per return, returning 28 kicks for 795 yards. Kenny Allen converted 18-of-22 field goals and all 46 point-after-attempts, placing himself in a tie for third for most field goal conversions in a season. Michigan had only five touchbacks in 54 punts this season and did not register a touchback in the first 21 punts of the year.

Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh spent three seasons in working for the Baltimore Ravens, including the 2014 season as an offensive quality control coach, where his work focused on statistical analysis, self-scouting reports and breakdowns of opposing defenses. In 2014, the Ravens posted a record of 11-7, including a wild card playoff game win on the road at Pittsburgh. The offense averaged 25.6 points per game (eighth in the NFL) and 364.9 yards per game (12th in the NFL). His previous work included working with the video staff and the weight room staff. He was part of the coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLVII under his uncle John Harbaugh.

Harbaugh spent four seasons as an undergraduate assistant at Oregon State under head coach Mike Riley. He performed a number of duties for the Beavers during his time in Corvallis. The Beavers played in two bowls during Harbaugh's tenure (2008-2011), including a win in the 2008 Sun Bowl. He also interned for the San Francisco 49ers in the scouting department during the summer of 2011.

A native of San Diego, California, Harbaugh earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Oregon State University. Jay Harbaugh is the son of U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan Football Defensive Line Coach Shaun Nua


Title: Defensive Line Coach

Shaun Nua was announced as the defensive line coach at Michigan on January 17, 2019. He is in his first season working with the program. Nua comes to Ann Arbor after spending the 2018 season as defensive line coach at Arizona State.

During his only season with the Sun Devils, Nua helped the program post a 7-6 record and reach the 2018 Las Vegas Bowl during Herm Edwards’ first season at the helm. Nua mentored Renell Wren who gained honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors after posting 43 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks from his interior defensive line position. Wren is listed as one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.

Nua spent six seasons coaching the defensive line at the U.S. Naval Academy (2012-17) prior to his time in Tempe. The Midshipmen compiled a 52-27 (.658) record during his tenure and earned a bowl berth each season, winning four of those postseason games. The Naval Academy beat rival Army four times and won three Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.

The Midshipmen joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015 after being an Independent for 134 years and proceeded to put together a historic first season. Navy won a school record 11 games, finished 18th in both national polls and shared the AAC West Division Title with Houston. A year later, the academy played Temple in the AAC Championship game after posting a 9-5 record and 7-1 mark in league play.

Individually, Nua mentored defensive end Will Anthony, who earned first-team All-AAC and first-team All-East honors in 2015, after posting 61 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, which ranked fourth in the AAC.

Nua began his coaching career at BYU. He was an intern with the program in 2009 and became a graduate assistant coach during the 2010-11 seasons. During his final two years in Provo, Nua helped the Cougars rank in the top 25 defensively, listing 24th in total defense in 2010 and 13th in 2011. BYU won its bowl games during both seasons and finished the 2011 campaign ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches poll after posting a 10-3 record.

Nua played defensive end at BYU from 2002-04, earning second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior. He appeared in 23 games, playing in 12 contests as a junior and 11 games as a senior. Nua recorded 54 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 10 sacks during his final two seasons. He graduated from BYU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in youth and family recreation and later earned his master’s degree in recreation management in 2013.

After finishing at BYU, Nua was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in the NFL, including three with the Steelers, and spent his final year with the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL winning team in 2006.

A native of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Nua transferred to BYU from Eastern Arizona Junior College, where he earned Junior College All-American honors. He prepped at Tafuna High School in Tafuna, American Samoa.

Michigan Football Tight Ends Coach Sherrone Moore


Title: Tight Ends Coach

Sherrone Moore was announced as the tight ends coach at Michigan on January 15, 2018. He is in his first season working with the program.
Moore joined the Wolverine staff after spending the past four seasons at Central Michigan.

He was selected and participated in the inaugural 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association at their January convention.

Moore mentored the Chippewas tight ends the past four seasons (2014-17) and added the duties of assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2017 season.

Moore's tight-end corps produced at a high level during his time in Mount Pleasant. A tight-end trio accounted for 48 catches for 617 yards in 2014, with the group helping a ground game that averaged 155.2 yards per game and saw Thomas Rawls gain more than 1,100 rushing yards.

In 2015, Moore led a group that included second-team All-MAC performer Ben McCord, who caught 39 passes for 612 yards and five touchdowns, and led the team with an average of 15.7 yards per reception. McCord's 612 receiving yards ranked sixth among all FBS tight ends and his 10-catch performance at Syracuse set a school record for a tight end.

Moore's 2016 tight-end corps was led by Tyler Conklin. Conklin grabbed 42 passes for 560 yards and six touchdowns. He earned the John Mackey Tight End of the Week Award in September after a two-TD catch performance at Oklahoma State. Conklin also had two game-winning receptions during the season, including one in triple overtime.

In 2017, Conklin and the tight-end corps accounted for 547 receiving yards on 40 catches and scored six touchdowns. In seven games of action, Conklin had 28 receptions for 406 yards and five touchdowns, earning third-team All-MAC. He was selected to participate in the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.

Moore spent five seasons at Louisville before joining the Central Michigan staff. He worked as a graduate assistant coach for three seasons (2009-11) before spending the final two years as the Cardinals' tight end coach (2012-13). During Moore's two seasons as a full-time assistant coach, Louisville had a 23-3 record with a BCS bowl appearance and a Big East title in 2012. The tight-end corps produced a 13-catch improvement during his two seasons, collecting 30 catches in 2012 and 43 receptions in 2013.

During his time as a graduate assistant coach, Moore helped the Cardinals to a pair of bowl appearances and helped develop All-BIG EAST first-team offensive guard Mark Wetterer. Moore also earned his master's degree in sports administration from Louisville.

Moore played two seasons along the offensive line for the University of Oklahoma (2006-07). He played in 14 games at offensive guard and helped the Sooners win two Big 12 Championships and played in two BCS bowl games. Before joining the Sooners, Moore was a two-year starter at Butler County (Kansas) Community College. He was a member of two conference championship teams the posted a 20-3 record. Moore earned second-team all-conference accolades.

Moore earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Oklahoma in 2008. He and his wife, Kelli, were married in 2015.

Michigan Football Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator Chris Partridge


Title: Safeties / Special Teams Coordinator

Chris Partridge is in his third full season as special teams coordinator and his first year as safeties coach after mentoring the linebackers in 2016 and 2017. He was named National Recruiter of the Year by Scout in 2016 and by 247Sports in 2017.

In 2017, Partridge helped lead a defensive unit that ranked top-three in the NCAA in five categories. He helped Devin Bush earn third team All-American honors, as well as the Roger Zatkoff Award, given to Michigan's top linebacker. Bush led U-M with 102 tackles, and he, Mike McCray and Khaleke Hudson each earned All-Big Ten accolades.

From a special teams perspective, Partridge coached the nation's No. 1 kickoff coverage unit, yielding just 15.0 yards per return to opponents. Kickoff specialist James Foug drilled 46.4 percent (32-of-69) of his kickoffs for touchbacks, and proved an important asset with his penchant for a long hangtime on kickoffs. He was named Most Improved Player on special teams by the coaching staff.

U-M opponents converted on just 63 percent of field goals (12-of-19), but the Wolverines converted on 79.2 percent of attempts (19-of-24). Field goal kicker Quinn Nordin was named a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and both he and punter Brad Robbins received All-Big Ten honors in their first seasons of action. In addition, fellow rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones returned 40 punts in 2017, second-most in a single season in U-M history. Peoples-Jones was recognized as a freshman All-American as a punt returner by 247 Sports.

In 2016, the U-M defense ranked first or second in the NCAA in seven categories, including total defense, scoring defense, tackles for loss, first downs allowed and third-down conversion percentage allowed. The Wolverines led the Big Ten in eight defensive categories and all 11 defensive starters earned All-Big Ten accolades.

Eight opponents were held to fewer than 85 yards rushing, and that same number of teams failed to score a rushing touchdown against Michigan. The team surrendered just 53 fourth-quarter points all year. U-M finished second in tackles for loss per game (9.3) and ranked fourth in tackles for loss per game (3.54), the only school in the country to average more than nine and three in those two categories. Eight games in 2016 featured double-digit Wolverine tackles for loss, and seven of U-M's 13 opponents were held to 10 points or fewer.

Partridge helped Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers to a memorable season, centered around his position switch to linebacker. Peppers, the Bo Schembechler Team MVP, was a unanimous first team All-American and won the Lott IMPACT and Paul Hornung Award trophies. He was also a finalist or semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi, Maxwell, Chuck Bednarik, Bronko Nagurski and Jim Thorpe Awards. He was the first player in Big Ten history to win three individual awards: the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year and was first team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Peppers, (72), Ben Gedeon (106) and Mike McCray (76) all dwarfed their previous career-highs in tackles, and all three earned all-conference accolades. In addition to ranking one-two-three on the team in tackles, that trio combined for 13.5 tackles for loss, with each registering at least 4.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

In Partridge's first season helping to lead the special teams unit, Michigan's unit finished second in the NCAA with seven total blocked kicks (four punts, three field goals/points after touchdowns), which led the Big Ten, and that figure does not include three deflected kicks that U-M forced during the season. U-M did not attempt a punt in two games (Hawai'i and Maryland) in 2016, punting three times or less in six games, including once against the eventual Rose Bowl Champions, Penn State. The Wolverines returned one touchdown and one punt back for a touchdown during the season, forced and recovered two fumbles and also scored points twice on their opponents' failed two-point conversions. U-M also led the Big Ten in punt return average (14.28 yards per return), ranking No. 8 in the NCAA with Peppers finishing fifth nationally in individual punt return average. Finally, U-M forced touchbacks on 55.8 percent of kickoff opportunities and converted all 63 PAT attempts, hitting on 19-of-24 field goal attempts, including 15 straight to close the season, which stands as the third-longest streak in program history.

Before being elevated to the coaching staff, Partridge had been the Wolverines' director of player personnel in recruiting since joining the staff in January 2015 until Coach Harbaugh appointed him to coach the team's linebackers during the bowl season.

Competing against the No. 19-ranked University of Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day, Partridge helped coach the Wolverines to a convincing 41-7 victory. The stout Wolverine defense held the Gator attack to just 28 total yards of offense in the second half, including two yards in the third quarter. The team's two leading tacklers against Florida were both linebackers (Joe Bolden, 7; Desmond Morgan, 4).

Partridge came to Ann Arbor after serving as the head coach at New Jersey's Paramus Catholic High School, a position he held for five seasons (2010-14). While at the helm of the Paladin program, Partridge grew a football program listed 4,250th nationally and 112th in state of New Jersey to the top-ranked team in the state and No. 4 nationally by USA Today. He coached and mentored more than 30 Division I football players during that time, as well as various All-America players.

Prior to his stint at Paramus, Partridge served as the defensive line coach and assistant to the special teams at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Partridge coached at his alma mater, Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, as the secondary coach and assistant to the special teams coordinator.

Partridge earned his bachelor's degree in government and law from Lafayette College in 2003.

Michigan Football Offensive Line Coach Ed Warriner


Title: Offensive Line Coach

Ed Warinner was hired as Michigan's offensive line coach on March 8, 2018. Warinner brings 30 years of college coaching experience with him, including the last 20 seasons working on the offensive side of the ball. He has worked especially closely with the offensive line, spending 16 of his last 20 seasons mentoring that position group.

Warinner spent the 2017 season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at the University of Minnesota, where he worked with a rushing attack that saw five backs combine for 2,153 yards, led by Rodney Smith's 977. Three of the backs averaged better than 4.5 yards per carry and more than 60 percent of the team's first downs came on the ground. Minnesota finished third in the Big Ten in rushing offense.

Prior to his season with the Golden Gophers, Warinner coached five years at Ohio State (2012-16). His first three seasons were spent as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator before he was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2015. Warinner was part of the Buckeye staffs that led the team to the 2014 National Championship, a 2015 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame and the 2016 College Football Playoffs.

Warinner helped the Ohio State offense set single-season program records in 11 categories during his tenure, including rushing yards, passing yards, passing touchdowns, yards per play and per game, total points scored and touchdowns per game. Several of the single-season marks also rank as Big Ten records, and several others rank second or third-best all-time at OSU.

Warinner's offensive lines at Ohio State, which sent numerous players to the NFL, helped the Buckeyes consistently have one of the most potent rushing attacks in the nation. All five offensive line starters in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game went on to become day one rookie starters in the NFL.

Before working in Columbus, Warinner spent two seasons at Notre Dame as the offensive line coach (2010) and offensive line coach/run game coordinator (2011), helping the team reach the Hyundai Sun Bowl in his first season and the Champs Sports Bowl in his second year.

Warinner held multiple titles in two separate stints at Kansas (2003-04 and 2007-09), including offensive coordinator in his final three seasons and associate head coach in 2009. He helped lead three record-setting offensive units, including the 2007 Jayhawks squad that averaged 479.8 yards and 42.8 points per game en route to a 12-1 record and a FedEx Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. The program posted three of its seven top-scoring seasons in school history, and the No. 1 season in terms of points per game (2007) and passing yards per game (310.3, 2009).

Warinner had a pair of earlier Big Ten stints when he spent two seasons as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Illinois (2005-06) and two seasons as a linebackers and secondary coach at Michigan State (1985-86). He helped the 2006 Illini average a Big Ten best 188.3 rushing yards per game, the team's best mark since 1973, before returning to Kansas.

Before coaching at Illinois, Warriner spent three seasons at Air Force (2000-02) as the offensive line coach, and helped the Falcons lead the nation in rushing his final season with the program, averaging 307.8 yards per game.

Warinner got his coaching start at Akron in 1984, working with the running backs while earning his master's degree, and spent the next two seasons in East Lansing. His longest coaching stint was at Army, where he spent 13 seasons (1987-99), coaching three different position groups – defensive line, offensive line and quarterbacks – and serving as offensive coordinator during his final two years.

Warinner was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association's National Assistant Coach of the Year award following the 2009 season at Kansas. He has been recognized by FootballScoop as the offensive line coach of the year on two occasions (2012, 2014). He is the first coach to earn that honor twice as an offensive line coach and joined Mark Helfrich, Kliff Kingsbury and Philip Montgomery as the only four coaches to earn positional coach honors of the year twice. He was also named a finalist in 2011.

His accolades include being named one of the Top 20 'hottest assistant coaches' by in 2012 and one of the Top 25 recruiters by the same site in 2014.

Warinner attended Franklin High School in Strasburg, Ohio, and went on to earn varsity letters in football and baseball at Mount Union (1979-83). He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1984 and earned a master's in sports management in 1985 from Akron.

Michigan Football Defensive Assistant Coach Anthony Campanile


Title: Defensive Assistant Coach

Anthony Campanile was hired as a defensive assistant coach with Michigan Football on Jan. 11, 2019.

Campanile came to Ann Arbor after seven seasons coaching at Rutgers and Boston College and six years of high school coaching experience in the state of New Jersey.

Campanile spent the 2016-18 seasons in Chestnut Hill, mentoring the Boston College defensive backs during his entire tenure while adding the co-defensive coordinator title during the 2018 campaign. The Eagles' defense finished 11th nationally in turnovers forced during his final year with 26, while also listing highly in interceptions (fifth), sacks (26th), pass efficiency (30th) and tackles for loss (42nd). His defense tied for the ACC lead with 18 interceptions, led by 2018 All-American and All-ACC first-team performer Hamp Cheevers, who tied for the NCAA lead with seven picks. Six Eagles defenders earned All-ACC honors under Campanile's guidance.

Campanile mentored one of the nation’s best defensive backfields in 2017, listing third nationally in pass efficiency defense and 12th nationally with 18 interceptions. Lukas Denis tied for second in the NCAA with seven picks and earned Walter Camp Football Foundation second-team All-America honors and second-team All-ACC accolades. That secondary also had two players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft: Isaac Yiadom (third round, Denver) and Kamrin Moore (sixth round, New Orleans). The group’s performance earned Campanile the National Defensive Backs Coach of the Year by both and

In his first season at Boston College, the secondary helped the Eagles finish 34th nationally and fourth in the ACC allowing 205.6 passing yards allowed per contest. BC listed ninth in the NCAA in total defense and ranked in the top 20 of seven different defensive categories. Campanile helped develop John Johnson into a third-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Prior to joining the BC staff, Campanile spent four seasons at Rutgers University, including his final three seasons working on the offensive side of the ball, after starting as a defensive assistant during the 2012 season. He coached the wide receivers during the 2015 season after tutoring the tight ends during the 2013-14 seasons. Campanile helped receiver Leonte Carroo earn All-Big Ten honors after leading the conference and finishing 14th nationally with 10 receiving touchdowns. The previous two seasons he helped tight end Tyler Kroft gain honorable mention All-American and first-team All-AAC accolades. Kroft was a third-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals (2015) and Carroo was a third-round selection by the Miami Dolphins (2016).

Campanile began his coaching career as a student assistant coach for the Scarlet Knights during the 2005 season. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers in 2007. He was an assistant coach at Fair Lawn High School in 2006 before moving on to work with the linebackers at Don Bosco Prep in 2007-09 and then served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2010-11.

Campanile and his wife, Tracey, have two daughters, Valentina and Serafina.

Michigan Football Secondary/Special Teams Coordinator Michael Zordich


Title: Secondary / Special Teams Coordinator

Michael Zordich is in his fourth season as a secondary coach for U-M in 2018, where he focuses on the cornerbacks.

In both 2016 and 2017, the U-M defense led the nation in pass defense and third down conversions allowed. Teams passed for fewer than 1,750 yards in both seasons, making Michigan the first team since the 2004-05 Alabama squads to hold teams below that figure in consecutive years. As a result, all four starting defensive backs have earned All-Big Ten recognition in both seasons.

According to Pro Football Focus College, cornerbacks David Long (17.6) and Lavert Hill (38.4) posted the No. 1 and No. 4 passer ratings against in the country in 2017. Of the 17 turnovers the U-M defense generated, 10 were via interception, and two of the four interceptions made by Michigan secondary players were returned for touchdowns.

In 2017, the U-M defense ranked top-three nationally in five different categories. On average, the Wolverines forced opposing offenses into three-and-outs more than half of the time (51.2 percent; 6.38 per game), and the unit yielded just 4.32 net yards per pass attempt, best in the country.

Within the conference, Michigan led the Big Ten in five statistical categories and ranked top-three in three other categories.

Zordich worked with cornerback Jourdan Lewis, a first team All-American in 2015 and 2016, and helped him set a new single-season school record pass breakup record (22 in 2015) as well as the career breakup record (45). Lewis was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist in 2016 and collected the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award from the Big Ten Conference. Lewis finished the season with 74 receiving yards allowed on 31 targets, yielding 0.36 yards per snap in coverage. Cornerbacks Jeremy Clark and Channing Stribling also found success under Zordich, combining for nine interceptions in 2015 and 2016, while Stribling earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and finished his senior season with 17 pass breakups, the No. 4 single-season performance all-time at U-M.

The secondary defended 65 passes in 2015 including a season-high 10 passes against Michigan State and six in road games at Maryland and Penn State, and improved that figure to 68 in 2016. Clark led the team with three interceptions, followed by Lewis, Stribling and Jarrod Wilson with two picks each. The 2015 defense pitched a shutout in three consecutive games for the first time since the 1980 season (BYU, Maryland and Northwestern); Michigan became the first FBS school to accomplish the feat since Kansas State shut out three straight opponents in 1995.

Before joining the Wolverines' staff, Zordich was the co-special teams coordinator and safeties coach for Youngstown State University in 2014.

Prior to joining the YSU staff, Zordich spent four seasons working with the defense for the Philadelphia Eagles (2009-12). He was the safeties coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons after working as a quality control coach on defense in 2009 and 2010.

A Youngstown, Ohio, native, Zordich worked with the safeties at Youngstown State in the spring of 2009 before accepting a position with the Eagles. He also coached on the high school level as an assistant at Chaney High School and Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Zordich played five seasons each with the Philadelphia Eagles (1994-98) and Arizona Cardinals (1989-93) and two seasons with the New York Jets (1987-88). He retired from the NFL following the 1998 season, having posted 125 starts in 185 games. Zordich collected nearly 600 tackles, 20 interceptions and scored four defensive touchdowns. He returned three picks for scores and returned one fumble for a touchdown. Zordich also collected six sacks, forced six fumbles and recovered 11 fumbles during his career. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1986 draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Zordich was an All-America safety and team captain for Penn State. He posted 60 tackles and had an interception return for a TD against Maryland during his All-America season in 1985. For his career, Zordich posted 201 career tackles. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management in 1986.

Zordich and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, Michael and Alex, and a daughter, Aidan. Michael is a fullback with the Carolina Panthers. Alex played quarterback at Buffalo, and Aidan is a senior at Penn State.

Michigan Football Director of Recruiting Matt Dudek


Title: Director of Recruiting

Matt Dudek joined the University of Michigan staff as the program’s Director of Recruiting in July 2017. Dudek came to Ann Arbor after five seasons at the University of Arizona, where he served as the on-campus Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Player Personnel (2011- 2015) before being elevated to the position of General Manager and Director of Player Personnel in his last year with the Wildcats (2016). He was college football’s first G.M.

Dudek coordinated recruiting efforts and assisted the coaching staff with roster management, including the processing of walk-on and transfer student-athletes, while at Arizona. He also served as the program’s NFL Liaison, and worked closely in an operations capacity with Arizona’s marketing and compliance offices as a representa- tive of the football program. In his earlier position with the Wildcats, Dudek focused largely around the operational aspects of on-campus recruiting in addition to his player personnel duties.

Between his time in Tucson and at his tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, Dudek helped assemble five top-25 ESPN-ranked recruiting classes on National Signing Day, including the No. 23-ranked class in 2014 at Arizona. He was later recognized by as a finalist for the 2014 Director of Player Personnel of the Year.

Prior to joining the staff at Arizona, Dudek was Director of Football Branding and Events at Rutgers University for the 2011 season. He previously held a number of different positions at his alma mater, Pittsburgh, beginning as an academic counselor with football, women’s tennis and the gymnastics teams, where he also served in the role of Disability Resource Services Liaison and as the Continuing Eligibility Certification representative. He was also a video graduate assistant for the Panthers for two years before joining the staff as the Assistant Director of Football Operations and Recruiting Coordinator.

Dudek also works with U.S.A. Football in the capacity of Regional Evaluator and Program Advocate, a role he has held since 2013.

Dudek graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and earned his Master’s in Education in Instruction and Learning in 2008, graduating summa cum laude. One year earlier, he had earned his Pennsylvania Instructional Certification in Secondary Social Studies Education. A native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Dudek is a graduate of South Allegheny High School.

Dudek and his wife, Lindsay, have three daughters: Abby and twins, Giuliana and Camella.

Michigan Football Director of Athletic Training


Title: Director of Athletic Training

David Granito is in his second season as the Papadopoulos Family Director of Athletic Training for Michigan Football. Granito serves as the primary medical contact for the football program and works to deliver comprehensive health care and lifetime wellness services for the football program.

Since 2003 leading into his time at U-M, Granito had served as an assistant athletic trainer with the New England Patriots, where he provided the highest level of integrated sports medicine to all members of the team, staff and football community. He was an associate athletic trainer for the Patriots organization for one season (2002-03) before moving into the role he held for the final 14 years. Granito spent the 2001-02 season as an associate athletic trainer with the New York Giants and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at West Virginia University for three years (1999-2001).

He is a member of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Granito earned his master’s degree in athletic training from WVU in 2001 and received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Kean College in 1999.

Granito and his wife, Melissa Meszaros, reside in Canton.

Michigan Football Director of Equipment Operations Gary Hazelitt


Title: Director of Equipment Operations

Gary Hazelitt is his second season as the Director of Equipment Operations for Michigan Athletics.

Hazelitt oversees the equipment operations for the athletic department with his primary duties centering on the day-to-day administration of the football program.

Hazelitt came to Ann Arbor after spending 16 years as the head equipment manager at Stanford University, where he managed the purchasing, fitting, maintenance and distribution of equipment for the entire Stanford athletic department, with a primary focus on the football program. Hazelitt was the head equipment manager at San Jose State (1990-99) and an assistant equipment manager at Cal State Fullerton (1983-89) prior to his appointment at Stanford.

He is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Manager’s Association (AEMA). Hazelitt earned his degree from Cal State Fullerton in 1984.

Hazelitt and his wife, LuAnn, reside in Ann Arbor. They have two daughters, Bethany and Abby.

Michigan Football Director of Strength and Conditioning Ben Herbert


Title: Director of Strength and Conditioning

Ben Herbert was announced as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the University of Michigan football program on January 4, 2018, and is in his first season working with the program. Herbert joins the Michigan staff after a five-year tenure at the University of Arkansas (2013-17).

During his career as a strength coach, Herbert has worked with 71 NFL Draft picks, including eight first-round selections. He coached two Heisman Trophy finalists, two Outland Trophy winners, two Doak Walker Award winners, 49 first-team All-Big Ten selections, four first-team All-SEC honorees and 30 All-Americans. He also won five Big Ten Conference titles and participated in five Rose Bowl games as both a player and coach.

Herbert developed 17 Razorbacks who were selected in the NFL Draft and worked with two first-team All-Americans and 14 All-SEC honorees. He was integral in the development of 2015 John Mackey Award winner Hunter Henry as the nation's top tight end and offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, who was recipient of the 2015 Jacobs Blocking Trophy which is presented to the SEC's best blocker.

Herbert spent 11 seasons working with the strength and conditioning staff at Wisconsin, where he was involved in all aspects of sports performance for the football team. He was the football program's head strength and conditioning coach the final four seasons (2009-12) after serving as an assistant coach for six seasons (2003-08). Herbert began his career as an intern during the 2002 season.

During his tenure with the Badgers' strength staff, Herbert helped develop 41 NFL draft picks, including six first-round choices. Wisconsin also produced five national individual award winners, 28 All-America selections and 49 All-Big Ten first-team selections.

A Big Ten alum, Herbert was a four-year letterman and two-time Rose Bowl Champion at Wisconsin. He played along the defensive line for the Badgers, and currently holds the school record for most tackles for loss and sacks in a bowl game.

Herbert participated in 14 bowl games during his 15 years as a staff member and student-athlete at Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers claim three straight Big Ten Championships (2010-12) and appeared in three straight Rose Bowls for the first time since Michigan accomplished the feat during 1976-78 seasons.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Herbert received his bachelor's degree from Wisconsin in 2002. He is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). In 2015, Herbert earned the profession's highest honor when he was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the CSCCa, becoming the youngest coach (35 years old) to earn the honor.

Michigan Football Director of Player Personnel and Administration Sean Magee


Title: Director of Player Personnel and Administration

Sean Magee was introduced as the director of player personnel for the University of Michigan program on February 21, 2017. Magee comes to Ann Arbor after working in the same capacity at the U.S. Naval Academy.

He has served as the director of player personnel for the past five seasons at Navy. In his role, Magee led the planning process for recruiting prospective student-athletes, oversaw geographical assignments of assistant coaches, and coordinated the execution of on-campus visits. He was also the program’s liaison to admissions, academics and compliance within the academy and worked externally with NFL organizations. Magee was a letterman as an offensive lineman at the Naval Academy.

He was a member of an offense that led the nation in rushing during the 2003 season. In addition, Magee helped the Midshipmen regain the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1981 and was a member of the program’s first bowl game team since the 1996 season.

Magee graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business.

After graduation, Magee was commissioned as a surface warfare officer, reporting to USS Juneau in Sasebo, Japan, where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following that tour of duty, Magee served as a manpower/personnel analyst on the Commander, Naval Surface Forces staff in Coronado, California.

He transferred to the Navy’s human resources community in 2007, assuming a role as enlisted programs officer for Navy Recruiting District Ohio. Magee was the department head for the nation’s largest recruiting district, responsible for all enlisted and NROTC recruiting efforts in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. He served as the Naval Academy’s deputy chairman of officer accessions and career information from 2010 until 2012, responsible for managing the academy’s service assignment program.

Magee and his wife, Sarah, have a son, Miles, a daughter, Stella, and twin sons, Brooks and Colt.

Michigan Football Director of Operations Mark Taurisani


Title: Director of Operations

Mark Taurisani was hired as the Director of Operations for Michigan Football on February 4, 2018. Taurisani comes to Ann Arbor after having spent five seasons at the University of Arkansas, where he worked as Director of Football Operations, including the last four as Assistant Athletic Director.

In this role, Taurisani was responsible for the daily logistics of the football program, including team travel, budget, personnel, staffing, day-to-day operations and bowl game travel. He also served on the athletic department's senior and executive staffs and functioned as the football program's liaison to university administration.

Prior to working at Arkansas, Taurisani spent seven seasons at the University of Wisconsin, including the final four as Director of Football Operations. He was promoted to that position after having been football operations coordinator in 2008-09, following two seasons as an operations assistant in 2006-07.

At Wisconsin, Taurisani was part of three Big Ten Championship-winning teams and seven bowl trips, including the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Rose Bowls. He has coordinated 10 bowl trips throughout his career, and has served as a member of the Rose Bowl Advisory Committee since 2010.

Taurisani is a native of Utica, New York. He graduated from State University of New York at Fredonia in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in sports and exercise, earning first team all-conference honors as captain of the baseball team. He spent the summer of 2005 as a training camp assistant with the Seattle Seahawks and earned a master's degree in sport administration from Louisville in 2005.

Taurisani and his wife Tara reside in Ann Arbor. They will be expecting their first child in September, 2018.