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BRADY HOKE Last Updated 7/23/10
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Brady Hoke

COACHING EXPERIENCE
- Hired as the 17th head football coach in San Diego State history on December 16, 2008.

- In his first season as the Aztecs' head coach, Hoke doubled SDSU's win total, carrying postseason hopes late into the year.

- Was one of three first-year head coaches nationally to increase his school's win total by at least two victories over the previous season in 2009.

- Improved San Diego State's scoring margin by 129 points a year ago. That was the largest scoring margin improvement in the Mountain West Conference last season and ranked 14th nationally.

- Coached five all-MWC performers in 2009, including second-team selections and 2010 returnees Vincent Brown, DeMarco Sampson and Brian Stahovich. Brown was also one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top wide receiver.

- Also had 11 MWC All-Academic selections and four MWC Players of the Week.

- Served as head coach at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., for six seasons (2003-08), leading the Cardinals to a pair of bowl game appearances.

- One of 10 finalists for the 2008 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award.

- Was named Mid-American Coach of the Year in 2008 and American Football Coaches Association Football Bowl Subdivision Region 3 Coach of the Year.

- In his sixth and final year as head coach of the Cardinals, Hoke guided Ball State to its best season in program history, recording a school-record 12 wins and completing an undefeated Mid-American Conference regular-season campaign with an 8-0 mark in 2008.

- Ball State made its' first-ever appearance in the national polls in his final year, ranking as high as 12th by the Associated Press and 13th in the USA Today Coaches poll.

- Hoke led the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl game appearances (2007-08), the first time the feat was accomplished in school history. The 2008 team, which also advanced to its first MAC championship contest, earned an invitation to the GMAC Bowl in Alabama.

- Ball State won its 12 games by an average of 21 points and scored a school-record 476 points, including a program-best 62 touchdowns with Hoke at the helm.

- In 2008, the Cardinals were 11th in the nation in total offense, averaging just over 450 yards per contest. They were also fifth in sacks allowed (0.92), sixth in passing efficiency (164.4) and first in fewest penalties per game (2.77) through their first 13 games.

- Ball State boasted the nation's No. 5 rusher in MiQuale Lewis (124.0 ypg.) and No. 13 rated passer in Nate Davis (156.97 efficiency). Davis, who was also 19th in total offense (278.79 ypg.), was tabbed the MAC offensive player of the year, throwing for over 3,000 yards for the second straight campaign and ended up as a finalist for the Manning Award, presented to the nation's best quarterback. Davis was one of seven Ball State players named first-team all-MAC and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

- Quarterback Nate Davis and offensive lineman Robert Brewster were each selected in the 2009 NFL Draft with Davis going in the fifth round to the San Francisco 49ers and Brewster tabbed by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round. Brewster is Ball State's highest Draft pick since 1976.

- In 2007, Ball State made its first bowl game appearance in 11 years, earning a bid to the International Bowl in Toronto as MAC co-west division champions. The Cardinals finished with a 7-6 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in conference action, and had four players earn first-team all-league accolades.

- A school-record three Ball State players were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft in Justin Beriault (Cowboys), Reggie Hodges (Rams) and Dante Ridgeway (Rams). Ridgeway ended his career as the Cardinals' all-time leading receiver with 238 receptions for over 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns in only three seasons from 2002-04. He was a second-team All-American as well as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award his final campaign.

- Hoke also helped tutor Ray Guy Award semifinalist punter Chris Miller, who was an AFCA first-team All-American in 2007, and a Sporting News second-team pick in 2006. Place-kicker Brian Johnson and tight end Darius Hill were both named semifinalists for the Lou Groza and John Mackey Awards, respectively.

- Hoke's players excelled in the classroom, as Ball State posted a Academic Progress Report score of 945 out of 1,000 in 2008, ranking second in the MAC. Offensive lineman Travis Barclay twice was named a first-team Academic All-American and received the program's first NCAA postgraduate scholarship in over a decade in 2003. Overall, 10 Ball State players garnered league all-academic honors from 2003-07.

- Prior to returning to his alma mater, Hoke spent eight seasons as an assistant at the University of Michigan, including a 1997 campaign that saw the Wolverines claim the national championship and earn a No. 1 ranking in total defense.

- Under head coach Lloyd Carr, he served as defensive ends coach from 1995-96, defensive line coach from 1997-2002 and ended his stay in Ann Arbor as associate head coach in 2002.

- Michigan advanced to eight straight bowl games during his tenure, posted a 76-23 overall record, claimed at least 10 games on four occasions and won the Big Ten in 1997, 1998 and 2000.

- Hoke helped tutor three Wolverine All-Americans on the D-line, including defensive end Glen Steele and nose tackles William Carr and Rob Renes, all of whom were NFL Draft picks.

- After stops as an assistant at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86) and Toledo (1987-88), Hoke ventured out west for a six-year stay at Oregon State, where he coached the Beavers' defensive line (1989, 1991-94) and inside linebackers (1990), before taking the position at Michigan.

- Began his coaching career as an assistant at Yorktown High School (Ind.) from 1981-82.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
- Hoke was a defensive standout for Ball State as a student-athlete, lettering four times from 1977-80, and serving as team captain as a senior.

- His junior campaign, Hoke posted 95 tackles and as a senior, he had a team-best 150 stops to rank sixth in the MAC and garner second-team all-league honors.

- As a sophomore, he ranked third on the team in tackles and helped the Cardinals to the 1978 MAC championship with an 8-0 record, the only other time Ball State finished a league campaign undefeated prior to 2008.

EDUCATION
- Graduated from Fairmont East High School in Kettering, Ohio, in 1977. Hoke earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Ball State in 1982.

PERSONAL
- Hoke is married to the former Laura Homberger and the couple has a daughter, Kelly. His brother, Jon, was an assistant coach at San Diego State from 1987-88 under Denny Stolz, and is currently the defensive backs coach with the Chicago Bears.

 

 
THE HOKE FILE
Hometown Kettering, Ohio
High School Fairmont East, 1977
College Ball State, Criminal Justice, 1982
Family Wife, Laura
Daughter, Kelly
 
HOKE NUMBERS
2008 year he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year
2008 year he was named the American Football Coaches Association Football Bowl Subdivision Region 3 Coach of the Year
1997 year he helped Michigan to the national championship as the defensive line coach
1982 year he graduated from Ball State
1980 year he earned all-MAC second-team honors
1980 year he captained the Cardinals as a student-athlete
1978 year he led the Cardinals to the Mid-American Conference Championship as a player
945 score out of 1,000 for Ball State in the most recent Academic Progress Report, which ranked second among all MAC schools
476 number of points scored by Ball State in 2008, an average of 36.62 per game
150 number of tackles he recorded in 1980 to lead Ball State
129 number of points SDSU's scoring margin improved from 2008 to 2009
57.4 winning percentage (27-20) for Ball State in Hoke's six years of MAC play
50.7 third-down conversion percentage for Ball State in 2008, which ranks ninth in the country
45 number of consecutive games Ball State has played without getting shut out
35 number of all-conference picks in his six-year tenure at Ball State
29 years of coaching experience, including 27 at the collegiate level
21.0 average margin of victory in Ball State's 12 wins in 2008
18 number of coaches in the nation to be head coach of their alma mater in 2008, including Ball State
16 number of interceptions the Cardinals posted in 2008, including three returns for touchdowns
11 number of double-digit margins of victories (of 12) Ball State recorded in 2008
10 number of finalists for the 2008 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year, including Hoke from Ball State
10 bowl games as a coach, including the past two with Ball State
10 number of academic first-team all-conference selections he has coached at Ball State
10 number of votes Ball State junior Nate Davis received in the 2008 Heisman Trophy voting, good enough for eighth place
8 number of times Ball State's defense allowed 20 points or fewer in 2008
 6 coaches who have led their team to 12 victories this season, including Hoke's Ball State, Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Urban Meyer and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops
 6 number of NFL draft picks he has coached, including three at Ball State
 5 number of times his teams have won or shared a conference regular season title
 4 number of schools to end the 2008 regular season perfect, including Hoke's Cardinals, Alabama, Boise State and Utah
 4 number of letters Hoke earned at Ball State from 1977-80
 2 number of 10-plus win seasons in Ball Stat's 84 years.  Hoke has been part of both, as a player in 1078 and as a coach in 2008
 2 number of consecutive bowl game appearances for Ball State (2007-08), the first time the feat has happened in school history
 2 number of All-America selections in his tenure at Ball State
 1 national ranking this season for Ball State in fewest penalties (2.77) and fewest penalty yards (26.85) per game
 1 daughter, Kelly, who graduated from Ball State in 2007
 1.000 regular season winning percentage of Ball State in 2008, its first perfect regular season since 1965
 0.92 number of sacks allowed per game by the Cardinals in 2008, which was the fifth-lowest mark in the nation
 0 number of times Ball State had been nationally ranked before 2008, where the Cardinals reached as high as No. 12 in the AP poll
 0 number of times the Cardinals trailed at halftime in 2008
 
COACHING HISTORY
2009-10 SDSU Head Coach
2003-08 Ball State Head Coach
2002 Michigan Assoc. HC/DL
1997-01 Michigan DL
1995-96 Michigan DE's
1991-94 Oregon State DL
1990 Oregon State Inside LB's
1989 Oregon State DL
1987-88 Toledo Outside LB's
1984-86 W. Michigan DL/ST's
1983 Grand Valley State DL
1981-82 Yorktown H.S. OL/LB's
 
DIVISION I COACHING LEDGER
Year School/Team Title Record/Place
2009 San Diego State Head Coach 4-8
2008 Ball State Head Coach 12-1
2007 Ball State Head Coach 7-6
2006 Ball State Head Coach 5-7
2005 Ball State Head Coach 4-7
2004 Ball State Head Coach 2-9
2003 Ball State Head Coach 4-8
2002 Michigan Assoc. Head Coach/Defensive Line 10-3
2001 Michigan Defensive Line 8-4
2000 Michigan Defensive Line 9-3
1999 Michigan Defensive Line 10-2
1998 Michigan Defensive Line  10-3
1997 Michigan Defensive Line 12-0
1996 Michigan Defensive Ends   8-4
1995 Michigan Defensive Ends  9-4
1994 Oregon State Defensive Line 4-7
1993 Oregon State Defensive Line 4-7
1992 Oregon State Defensive Line  1-9
1991 Oregon State  Defensive Line 1-10
1990 Oregon State Inside Linebackers   1-10
1989 Oregon State Defensive Line  4-7
1988 Toledo Outside Linebackers    6-5
1987 Toledo Outside Linebackers 3-7
1986 Western Michigan Defensive Line/Special Teams 3-8
1985 Western Michigan Defensive Line/Special Teams 4-6
1984 Western Michigan Defensive Line/Special Teams 5-6
 
BOWL GAMES AS A COACH (10)
Ball State
2008 GMAC Bowl
2007 International Bowl
Michigan
2002 Outback Bowl
2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl
2000 CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl
1999 Fed Ex Orange Bowl
1998 CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl
1997 Rose Bowl
1996 Outback Bowl
1995 Alamo Bowl