"We are very fortunate to have Darrell as the newest member of our football staff," said coach Hoke. "He has a great demeanor and a competitive spirit about him that will help our offensive line this season. His playing experience and coaching back ground gives him a wealth of knowledge."
Funk spent the last four seasons (2004-08) as the offensive line coach at Colorado State. In 2003, Funk was the special teams coach helping the Rams rank among the national leaders in net punting average. At Colorado State, Funk coached two players who were drafted in the NFL and two who signed as NFL free agents.
Prior to his stint at Colorado State, Funk was a tight ends coach at Northern Illinois in 2002.
From 1998-2001, Funk was an assistant coach at Rhode Island where he was the offensive line coach and defensive coordinator.
Funk has also had coaching stints at Mesa State College (1993-97) and Muskingum College (1990-92). He was a graduate assistant for the University of Illinois (1989-90) and a student assistant at Colorado State in 1987.
Funk, a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for Colorado State from 1983-86, played tight end, defensive end and defensive tackle. He earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado State in 1988 and went on to receive his masters degree from the University of Illinois in 1990.