Michigan Announces New D-Line Coach
University of Michigan football head coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Friday, Feb. 25) the hiring of Steve Stripling as defensive line coach for the Wolverines. Stripling replaces Bill Sheridan, who was hired Feb. 16 as the linebackers coach by the New York Giants.
"I am delighted that Steve Stripling is joining our coaching staff as the defensive line coach," said Carr. "Steve has an outstanding background both as a player and coach. He is a great addition to Michigan Football."
Stripling comes to Ann Arbor after spending the past two seasons mentoring the defensive line at Big Ten rival Michigan State. Prior to his appointment in East Lansing, he coached the defensive line for two seasons at Louisville (2001-02).
Stripling is quite familiar with the Big Ten, having spent four years as the outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for Glen Mason at Minnesota (1997-2000). Stripling spent 13 seasons under Bill Mallory at Indiana (1984-96), coaching both the offensive and defensive lines for six years apiece. He was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Hoosiers during the 1996 season and also worked with the placekickers during his tenure in Bloomington.
Stripling coached the offensive line at Northern Illinois (1980-83) and served as recruiting coach at North Carolina (1979). He also had a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Colorado (1977-78).
A two-year starter at left guard for the Buffaloes, Stripling spent five years in the program and participated in three bowl games. He earned both his bachelor's (1976) and master's degrees from Colorado. Stripling signed a contract with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons upon graduation in 1976.
He and his wife, the former Gayle Truckenbrod, have three children: Christy, Cody and Chad.