Ducks hire former Michigan head coach to take control of the Oregon defense.

The Oregon ducks announced on Saturday that Brady Hoke, the former head coach at Michigan has been named defensive coordinator. Hoke has over 30 years coaching experience including stints at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State as head coach, plus other stops as a defensive assistant at such places as Michigan and Oregon State.

Hoke, a graduate of Ball State was a former Big-10 Coach of the Year in 2011, takes over from Don Pellum who has resumed his duties as linebacker coach.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Hoke to the Oregon family,” said Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich in a release on the Oregon Athletic Department’s official web site. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and tough, and has an outstanding track record of success from a defensive standpoint.”

One of Hoke’s duties to start off with at Oregon is recruiting as the Ducks seek to fill out the remainder of the 2016 recruiting class. While seven players have already enrolled in the 2016 class there are still a number of positions the Ducks would obviously like to address on the defensive side of the ball including defensive linemen.

Signing day for the National Letter of Intent this year is Wednesday, February 3.

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