According to the Oregonian, University of Louisville Head Coach Bob Petrino has plucked an Oregon Duck as his new Defensive Coordinator. According to the report, Oregon secondary coach Mike Gillhamer stated that he was leaving Oregon to become the defensive coordinator at Louisville.
Gillhamer, a former NFL quality control and running backs coach for the New York Giants (1997-2000) has a long track record as an assistant at both the college and professional levels. Most recently, Gillhamer has served at Oregon as the secondary coach (2001-02) and was a part of Oregon's Rose Bowl Championship team in 2001. Gillhamer spent one season at Rutgers (1996) as a defensive backs coach and spent two seasons (1994-95) at Nevada as defensive coordinator/ defensive backs coach. Gillhamer coached defensive backs from 1990-93 at San Jose St. and at Utah for five seasons (1985-89). Gillhamer spent one season (1984) at Weber St. He began his coaching career at College of the Sequois coaching the defensive line in 1979 before moving back to the secondary from 1980-83.
Gillhamer was born February 20, 1957, in Oakland, California. He received a B.S. in Physical Eduaction from Humboldt State in 1976 and an M.A. in Special Education in 1981. Gillhamer is married to his wife Tammy and the couple have two daughters, Meagen and Taylor.
Mike Gillhamer's coaching experience
Secondary, Oregon (2001-02); Running Backs, New York Giants (1997-2000); Defensive Backs, Rutgers (1996); Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Nevada (1994-95); Defensive Backs, San Jose State (1990-93); Defensive Backs, Utah (1985-89); Defensive Backs, Weber State (1984), Defensive Backs/ Secondary, College of the Sequois (1979-83).