Ducks Introduce Pellum as New DC

The Oregon Ducks announced on Tuesday that longtime assistant coach Don Pellum has been elevated to the position of defensive coordinator, replacing the retired Nick Aliotti. Pellum has been with Oregon for 23 years. A statement was issued by the Athletic Department based on Head Coach Mark Helfrich's announcement of Pellum's promotion.

In the prepared statement, Helfrich pointed out Pellum's ability as a teacher and motivator.

"Don Pellum is a great teacher and one of the best communicators I have ever been around," Helfrich emphasized in the statement. "The entire defense will benefit from his demanding preparation, with an emphasis on discipline and relentless effort.

Pellum, an Oregon graduate, welcomed the opportunity to be the defensive coordinator at his Alma Mater.

"This is a challenge I welcome with open arms," Pellum said in the issued statement. "I have been fortunate to enjoy a long relationship at an institution that means a lot to me as well as the luxury to work with a lot of class coaches and athletes. I certainly have benefited from the knowledge handed down to me from numerous head coaches and coordinators but head into this next phase of my career anxious to implement ideas of my own.

"I am grateful to Coach Helfrich and the University of Oregon for the confidence they have bestowed upon me and am excited to add to the success this program has enjoyed."

Overall, Pellum has been associated with the University for 30-years as a player, administrator and coach. The last 20-years, he has held the position of linebackers coach and has mentored such stalwarts as Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso.

Pellum replaces Nick Aliotti, who retired following Oregon's 30-7 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30, 2013. Aliotti had been with the school as defensive coordinator for 17 years.

The Athletic Department statement also revealed that Pellum will continue coaching outside and weakside linebackers as well as his duties as defensive coordinator.

For the complete Athletic Department statement, click here.

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