Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MICHIGAN HIRES SAN DIEGO STATE'S BRADY HOKE AS NEW HEAD COACH

Michigan has hired San Diego State's Brady Hoke as its 19th head football coach on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan has hired San Diego State's Brady Hoke as its new head football coach, UM director of athletics Dave Brandon announced on Tuesday.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," Brandon said. "He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom."

Hoke was the head coach at Ball State for six seasons (2003-08), before leaving for the Aztecs where he coached the past two seasons. He led San Diego State to a 9-4 record this season, including a 35-14 win over Navy in the 2010 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Hoke, who is 47-50 in eight seasons as a head coach, served as the defensive line coach at Michigan from 1995-2002. The Wolverines won a share of the national championship (in 1997) while Hoke served as an assistant under Lloyd Carr.

Michigan will hold an introductory press conference for Hoke on Wednesday at 1 p.m.