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.
Title: Assistant Head Coach / Passing Game Coordinator
Pep Hamilton was hired as Michigan's assistant head coach and passing game coordinator on Jan. 12, 2017, and he is now in his second season with the program.
Hamilton has worked with and developed some excellent college and professional quarterbacks during his coaching career, including Andrew Luck, Kevin Hogan, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler and Michigan alum Brian Griese.
Most recently in 2017, Hamilton helped the Michigan offense remain an efficient and balanced attack. Despite starting three different quarterbacks over the course of the season, U-M was efficient in finishing drives, converting 84.1 percent of its red zone opportunities and 86.2 percent of those chances in Big Ten play. U-M was one of three schools (Maryland, Houston) to earn wins with at least three different starting quarterbacks during the season: Wilton Speight, John O'Korn and Brandon Peters.
Balanced with a 2,000-yard rushing attack, nineteen different players caught at least one pass in Hamilton's first year on staff, with six players scoring receiving touchdowns. Seven athletes received All-Big Ten honors, including four skill position players: running backs Karan Higdon and Chris Evans, and tight ends Zach Gentry and Sean McKeon.
According to Pro Football Focus College, no team in the Big Ten utilized its tight ends better out of the slot than Michigan. Sean McKeon (31 catches, 301 yards, three touchdowns) and Zach Gentry (17 catches, 303 yards, two touchdowns) set new career highs across the board, and were first and fourth on the team in receiving.
True freshmen Donovan Peoples-Jones (22 catches, 277 yards) and Tarik Black (11 catches, 149 yards) became fast contributors for an offensive unit that returned just four starters, while Hamilton helped returning wide receivers Grant Perry (25 catches, 307 yards), Kekoa Crawford (17 receptions, 243 yards) and Eddie McDoom (11 catches, 81 yards) set career-highs in major receiving categories.
Hamilton brought more than 10 years of coaching experience in the National Football League to Ann Arbor, including the past four seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2016) and Indianapolis Colts (2013-15). He was the associate head coach on offense for the Browns in 2016 season and spent three years as the offensive coordinator for the Colts, who were 11-5 his first two seasons, with two AFC South division titles and an appearance in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.
The Colts offense set franchise records for passing yards (4,894) and net yards (6,506) during the 2014 season, with the passing total leading all NFL teams. The team also recorded the second-most points (458) and third-most first downs (371) in team history. During that season, quarterback Andrew Luck led the NFL with 40 passing touchdowns and set a Colts record with eight straight 300-yard passing games. Hamilton's offense also featured two tight ends with eight receiving touchdowns each and had a receiver gain 1,300 yards.
In his first year with the Colts, Hamilton helped Luck trim his interception total in half; 18 as a rookie to nine in 2013. Indianapolis led the NFL and set a franchise record for fewest turnovers (14) and the running game had its highest rushing total (1,743) in seven seasons.
In 2010, Hamilton joined Harbaugh's staff at Stanford as the wide receivers coach. He served as the Cardinal's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2011-12 seasons, working closely with Luck, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and Pac-12 Player of the Year. Luck also won the 2011 Maxwell Award as the nation's top player.
Hamilton spent eight seasons in the NFL before teaming with Harbaugh at Stanford. He was the quarterbacks coach with the Chicago Bears for three seasons (2007-09) and was the offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers (2006) and New York Jets (2004-06). Hamilton was an offensive quality control coach with the Jets (2003) and started his NFL experience as a pro personnel intern with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2002 season. He also did internships with the Washington Redskins (2001) and Kansas City Chiefs (2000).
He began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Howard University, for five seasons (1997-2001). Hamilton added the role of offensive coordinator to his responsibilities during his final three seasons.
Hamilton earned his bachelor's degree in business from Howard University in 1997. He played quarterback at Howard and earned the school's scholar-athlete award in 1995 and 1996.
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.
Title: Defensive Line Coach
Greg Mattison is in his fourth season as defensive line coach for the Wolverines in 2018 after serving as Michigan's defensive coordinator for four seasons (2011-14). He returned to Ann Arbor in 2011 after spending three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, when in 2009-10 he coordinated one of the NFL's top defensive squads after coaching the linebackers in 2008.
During his time at the collegiate level, he has coached 19 future NFL players, including eight student-athletes drafted in the first three rounds and two first-round picks.
Mattison has coached five players to first or second-team All-Big Ten honors in the past two seasons: Taco Charlton, Rashan Gary, Maurice Hurst, Chase Winovich and Chris Wormley. Hurst also secured consensus All-American honors in 2017, in addition to being named Bo Schembechler Team MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and a Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist. He was the top-graded player at any position in the country by Pro Football Focus College, leading interior defenders in run stops and total pressures.
Most recently in 2017, Mattison's defensive line served as the engine of Michigan's defense that led the nation in pass defense and third down conversions for the second season in a row. Under Mattison, Chase Winovich led the Big Ten and ranked 12th nationally with 1.4 tackles for loss per contest, recording a TFL in 12 of 13 games.
Winovich (79 tackles, 18.0 for loss, 8.0 sacks), Gary (66 tackles, 12.0 for loss, 6.0 sacks) and Hurst (61 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 5.0 sacks) each surpassed the 60-tackle mark and set new career-highs across the board.
Overall, the Wolverines ranked top-three in the country in five major categories during the 2017 season, and also led the NCAA with a sack rate of 11.64 percent. More than half of opponents' drives (51.2 percent; 6.38 per game) ended in three-and-outs, and U-M ranked third nationally tackles for loss (8.5) and seventh in sacks (3.23) per game.
The year before in 2016, Michigan ranked first or second in the NCAA in seven categories, leading the Big Ten in eight categories, including scoring defense, total defense, sacks, tackles for loss, first downs allowed and third down conversion percentage.
Nearly 45 percent (44.5; 5.62 per game) of opponents' possessions ended in a three-and-outs, and U-M allowed just 28 red zone trips all season, fewest in the natio. Eight opponents were held to fewer than 85 yards rushing, and that same number of teams failed to score a rushing touchdown against Michigan. 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.
Starters Chris Wormley (40 tackles, six sacks, nine tackles for loss), Taco Charlton (43 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 TFL; all career-highs), Ryan Glasgow (42 tackles, four sacks, 9.5 TFL; all career-highs) and Matt Godin (26 tackles, one sack, two TFL; all career-highs) enjoyed standout senior seasons, and each earned All-Big Ten honors, with first or second-team honors coming for Wormley and Charlton. Mattison also coached Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich to breakout seasons with a combined 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, with five sacks for Winovich.
In 2015, Mattison helped coach a defense that held the opposition to less than 100 rushing yards in seven games, and to less than 60 yards rushing in five contests. The 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.
Chris Wormley, who earned All-Big Ten third team (coaches) and honorable mention (media) honors in 2015, was the team leader with 14.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 6.5 sacks. Willie Henry was also an All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) in 2015, registering 34 tackles, while co-leading the team with 6.5 sacks to go along with 10 TFLs.
An experienced, proven defensive coach, Mattison brought to Ann Arbor 15 years of defensive coordinator experience at the collegiate level and two seasons in the NFL. During his time at the collegiate level, he has coached 19 future NFL players, including eight student-athletes drafted in the first three rounds and two first-round picks.
From 2011-14, Mattison's defenses ranked among the top 20 nationally in three of the four seasons in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense, turning around a unit that in 2010 ranked 108th nationally in scoring defense, 110th in total defense, 95th in rushing defense and 112th in passing defense.
In his first season back in Ann Arbor, Mattison coordinated a Wolverines defense that helped U-M to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory. The defense ranked second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in scoring defense, surrendering 17.4 points per game, while it allowed 322.2 yards per game, ranking fourth in the conference and 17th in the country. The Wolverines also led the Big Ten in fourth-down conversion percentage (38.1 percent), red zone defense (68.3 percent scoring efficiency), turnovers forced (29) and fumbles recovered (20), while they ranked third in rushing defense (131.7 yards per game) and third-down conversion percentage (36.4 percent). Mattison was named a Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year finalist.
In 2012, Mattison's defense allowed 19.8 points per game, fourth in the Big Ten and 20th nationally. The Wolverines surrendered just 320.0 yards per game, ranking second in the conference and 13th in the FBS, and 169.5 passing yards per game, second in the Big Ten and tied for fifth in the country.
Meanwhile, in February 2013, Mattison was named the ESPN RecruitingNation Recruiter of the Year.
In 2014, the Wolverines listed seventh in total defense (311.3 avg.), 15th in rushing defense (117.7 avg.), tied for 20th in passing yards (193.7 avg.) allowed and 28th in scoring defense (22.4 avg.) and tackles for loss (6.8 avg.).
Mattison completed his third season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2010. He was the team's defensive coordinator for two seasons (2009-10) after joining the staff as the linebackers coach in 2008. The Ravens finished as the No. 3 scoring defense in 2009-10.
Prior to his first foray into the NFL ranks, Mattison spent more than 30 years at the collegiate level, most recently as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the University of Florida for three seasons (2005-07). His defenses ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense each of his three seasons. Mattison helped the Gators win the 2006 national championship and SEC championship. His defense held Ohio State to 82 yards of total offense in a 41-14 victory in the BCS National Championship game.
Mattison spent eight seasons (1997-2004) at Notre Dame before making the jump to Gainesville. He was hired as the team's defensive coordinator and alternated between coaching the linebackers and defensive line during his first five seasons. Mattison served as the Irish's recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach his final three seasons with the program (2002-04).
During his previous stint in Ann Arbor, Mattison coached the defensive line (1992-96) and was the team's defensive coordinator in his final two seasons (1995-96). The Wolverine defense ranked among the top 20 nationally in many statistical categories during his two seasons as coordinator.
Mattison has gained a wealth of experience during his coaching career. He also held coaching stints at Texas A&M (1989-91), Navy (1987-88), Western Michigan (1982-86), Northwestern (1978-80), Cornell (1977) and Illinois (1976). Mattison was head coach at Logan High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for two seasons (1974-75). He began his coaching career as head coach at Riverdale High School in Muscoda, Wisconsin (1971-73).
He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1971. He was team captain for the football and wrestling teams as a junior and senior. Mattison earned All-America honors in wrestling and was named the Offensive MVP for the football team as a senior.
Mattison and his wife, Ann, have two adult children: Lisa and Bryan. Lisa was a three-time All-Big East selection as a member of the Notre Dame softball team. Bryan was a two-time captain and three-year starter at defensive end for the University of Iowa football team and spent four seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman.
Title: Wide Receivers Coach
Jim McElwain joined the Michigan Football staff in February 2018 as the program's wide receivers coach. McElwain brings 33 years of coaching experience with him to Ann Arbor. He has worked with eight NCAA programs and one NFL team, and has spent the last five-plus seasons as a head coach.
His most recent stop was at the University of Florida, where he was head coach for two-plus seasons from 2015-17. He became one of three coaches to lead his program to the conference title game in his first year, and became the only coach in league history to lead his team there in each of his first two seasons as head coach. McElwain compiled a 22-12 overall record at Florida, winning SEC East titles in 2015 and 2016.
In his first season, the Gators improved by a four-game turnaround; the third-biggest one-year leap in the last 32 seasons of Florida football. He was rewarded by being voted as the 2015 SEC Coach of the Year by his peers and the media, making him the first coach in program history to garner both awards in his first season.
McElwain's units were explosive on offense during his time at Florida, especially through the passing game. His 2015 aerial attack became Florida's first since 2009 to throw for more than 20 touchdowns with fewer than 11 interceptions (on 405 attempts), and the team's 410 attempts in 2016 were the most by any Gator team since 2002. Six receivers recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in both of those seasons, a feat not previously accomplished since 2008.
Florida student-athletes piled up awards with McElwain leading the program. He coached 10 athletes to 29 All-American honors over three seasons. In addition, 22 Gators earned invitations to the NFL Combine with McElwain at the helm (eight in 2016 and in 2017, six in 2018), and the Gators had 15 players drafted during his tenure (seven in 2016; eight in 2017).
Fourteen Gators earned All-SEC Coaches honors, including five first-team honorees. Florida also had multiple Freshman All-SEC honorees in each of his three seasons with the program: two in 2015, two in 2016 and three in 2017. The team had at least one Freshman All-American each season as well: CeCe Jefferson in 2015, Jawann Taylor in 2016 and Antonio Callaway in 2017.
Off the field, McElwain's Gators earned 80 total mentions on the SEC Academic Honor Roll (22 in 2015, 27 in 2016, 31 in 2017).
Prior to taking the job at Florida, McElwain spent three seasons as the head coach at Colorado State University. In his last season, he was named 2014 Mountain West Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year.
Those accolades were the culmination of an impressive three-year turnaround at CSU. When McElwain took over in 2012, the Rams had not had back-to-back winning seasons since 2002-03 and the program had suffered through three-win seasons for three consecutive years.
McElwain went 4-8 in his first season, but the Rams won eight games in 2013 -- the program's highest total in 12 years -- and beat Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.
That year, CSU set single-season records for points scored (507) and yards per game (470.8), topping the 500-yard mark of offense eight times and scoring 50 points or better on four occasions, which are also program records. Quarterback Garrett Grayson (3,696 passing yards) and running back Kapri Bibbs (1,742 rushing yards) made the Rams the only FBS team to feature a 3,500-yard passer and 1,500-yard runner. Overall, CSU ranked No. 24 nationally in total offense and 22nd in scoring offense.
McElwain's second season at CSU featured arguably the best offense in school history. Grayson was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for nearly 3,800 yards with 32 touchdowns. He threw 17 touchdowns to Biletnikoff Award finalist Rashard Higgins, whose 149.1 yards receiving per game led the country, while running back Dee Hart rushed for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Rams averaged a school-record 497.8 yards per game on offense, averaging 7.2 yards per play and 9.2 yards per pass attempt, and the 35.9 points per game the team scored ranked 25th in the country.
Prior to his first head coaching job, McElwain spent 2008-11 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he helped lead the program to two BCS National Championships (2009 and 2011). The team went 48-6 overall during his four-year stretch in Tuscaloosa.
The offense committed just 57 turnovers in those four seasons, and McElwain saw two Alabama running backs make the trip to New York City as Heisman Trophy Finalists: Mark Ingram (2009 winner) and Trent Richardson (2011 finalist).
The year before he went to Alabama to be quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, McElwain held the same position at Fresno State. He helped the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record and a win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl, upping the team's offensive output and scoring from 338.2 yards per game and 23.0 points per contest to 419.5 yards and 32.9 points per game.
McElwain spent the 2006 season with the Oakland Raiders as quarterbacks coach after a three-year stint at Michigan State from 2003-05, where he was the assistant head coach, in addition to coaching wide receivers and special teams. He coached All-America punter Brandon Fields and the Big Ten's leading scorer, place-kicker Dave Rayner, and helped the MSU receiving corps set school records for receptions and yards.
Previously, McElwain had a three-year stint at Louisville, helping the Cardinals earn bowl bids in each of those three years as the wide receivers and special teams coach. He coached four first-team All-Conference USA selections with the Cardinals.
From 1995-99, McElwain was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and receivers coach at Montana State. McElwain was at Eastern Washington from 1985-94 in a variety of roles, starting as a graduate assistant and working his way up to quarterbacks and receivers coach. The Eagles made two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances (1985 and 1992) and earned a share of the Big Sky Championship in 1992. McElwain coached EWU's all-time leading receiver, Tony Brooks (2,969 career yards), who earned third team AP All-America honors in 1993.
An all-state quarterback at Missoula (Montana) Sentinel High School, McElwain played quarterback at Eastern Washington from 1980-83 and earned his degree in Education from EWU in 1984.
He and his wife, Karen, have three children, Johanna, Elizabeth and Jerret.
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.
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.
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 Rivals.com 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.
Title: Defensive Assistant Coach
Al Washington was announced as a defensive assistant coach on January 5, 2018. Washington is in his first season with the Michigan program.
Washington, who has experience coaching on both sides of the ball and on special teams, came to Ann Arbor after spending the 2017 season as the defensive line coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Prior to his one-year stint at Cincinnati, Washington coached at his alma mater, Boston College, for five seasons where he worked with then-defensive coordinator Brown. He began his tenure as the assistant special teams coach and assistant defensive line coach during the 2012 season.
Washington coached the running backs for three seasons (2013-15) before taking over as the program's special teams coordinator and defensive line coach during the 2016 season, his final year at Boston College.
The Eagles' special teams unit ranked 12th in the nation and third in the ACC in punt returns (12.35 avg.), third in the ACC in kickoff return defense (18.44 avg.) and sixth in the league in kickoff returns (22.77 avg.). Return man Tyler Rouse, in his first year returning punts, finished seventh in the FBS rankings and third in the ACC, averaging 13.04 yards per run back.
BC was one of the nation's top defenses in 2016, ranking ninth nationally and second in the ACC in total defense. The Eagles listed among college football's best units, ranking second in sacks, sixth in tackles for loss and seventh in rushing defense. Washington coached defensive end Harold Landry, an All-American and Ted Hendricks Trophy finalist, who led the nation in sacks and forced fumbles.
Washington mentored 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist and the Atlantic Coast Conference's first Doak Walker Award recipient in running back Andre Williams, who became the 16th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards during the regular season.
During his time working with the running backs, the Eagles attack improved each season. BC averaged 212.5 yards per game in 2013 and improved to 254.7 yards per contest in 2014. The team's 3,311 rushing yards in 2014 broke the school's season rushing record. He helped the program advance to the 2013 AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl and the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl both of those seasons.
Washington came to BC after coaching the linebackers at Elon University during the 2011 season. While at Elon, he coached All-America and All-SoCon selection Joshua Jones as well as freshman All-American Jonathan Spain.
He spent two seasons as defensive line coach at Slippery Rock University (2009-10), working with All-PSAC Conference defensive ends Pat Marsilio and Jeff Thompson. Washington was a defensive graduate assistant coach at North Carolina State (2008) and began his coaching career as defensive line coach at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution (RPI) during the 2007 season. He helped RPI to an 8-2 record, a Liberty League championship and berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
As a collegiate player, Washington was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at defensive tackle for the Boston College Eagles (2002-05). He received the team's Paul Cavanaugh Award in 2006, given to the player whose on and off field accomplishments speaks volumes about his commitment, outlook, volunteer work, ethics and work in the community and on the team. Washington also earned the Eagles' Leadership Award in 2005.
A Columbus, Ohio, native, Washington earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Boston College in 2006. He signed the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders and played one season for the Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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.
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 FootballScoop.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.