Dukes Change Defensive Coordinators

Defensive backs coach Dick Hopkins is now Duquesne football's defensive coordinator, the same job he held at Chattanooga last season. His predecessor Ollie Phillips left for 'personal reasons.' Joe Bernard had been in the job from 2003 through 2008. More on each coach ....

Duquesne reported the staff change in last week's pregame notes for Saturday's game at Monmouth. Ollie Phillips left the team during week two preparations for the Nichols State game.

Phillips previously coached on the Duquesne staff under then head coach Greg Gattuso beginning with the 1995 season.

Phillips had nine years D-I coaching experience at Brown, Duke, Marshall and VMI. He also was on Carnegie Mellon's staff. The Pittsburgh native had been the Seton-La Salle High School head coach, where Gattuso got his first coaching job.

Dick Hopkins has a resume that begs for appointment as a defensive coordinator. To start with he has 30+ years collegiate coaching experience.

Hopkins previous stops:

  • Chattanooga, defensive coordinator, 2008
  • Rhode Island, defensive coordinator, 2006-07
  • The Citadel, defensive coordinator, 2004-05
  • James Madison, defensive coordinator, 1998-2003
  • Tulane, assistant coach, 1994-98
  • Yale, defensive coordinator, 1993
  • Temple, assistant coach, 1989-92
  • Vanderbilt, defensive coordinator, 1996-98
  • Rice, assistant coach, 1984-85
  • Cincinnati, defensive coordinator, 1983
  • Duke, assistant coach, 1981-82
  • Florida State, graduate assistant, 1978-80

The Toledo, Ohio native has a bachelor's and a master's degree from Florida State. He played tight end and quarterback.

Joe Bernard was head coach at Fairfield. He came to Duquesne following Fairfield's decision to discontinue football after the 2002 season. He had been the Stags' defensive coordinator before his promotion to the head coaching job.

Bernard was named interim head coach between Gattuso's departure and Jerry Schmitt's arrival at the Bluff. The Dukes are 24-19 in Schmitt's four-plus seasons.

Duquesne, in the second season of Northeast Conference play is 1-2 overall, 0-1 in the league. The two losses were decided by the opponents' big plays: Nicholls State's fake punt that turned into a a 63-yard TD run (14-7 loss) and Monmouth's 65 yard interception return (21-14 loss).

Saturday, Duquesne heads away from the G-20 to Dayton, Ohio for a football game with the Flyers starting at 1:00 p.m. at UD's Welcome Stadium.

    NOTE: Duquesne hired Gattuso in 1993 in conjunction with the Dukes' move from Division III to Division I-AA, now the College Football Championship subdivision. DU had won six games in its previous three years, their last in DIII.

    In Gattuso's 12 years, the Dukes were 97-32 (.752) before he joined fellow Pittsburgh native Dave Wannstedt with the Panthers. Greg is now the number two coach at Pitt, the assistant head coach as well as defensive line coach.

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