Chris Ash Hires Jay Niemann as Rutgers DC

Rutgers coach Chris Ash will hire Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Jay Niemann to the same position. Niemann joins Aaron Henry and Bill Busch on the defensive staff for Ash.

Rutgers coach Chris Ash has his defensive coordinator in Jay Niemann of Northern Illinois. Niemann joins the nearly-complete Rutgers staff after his NIU defense gave up 27.6 points and 418 yards per game this season. His defense held Ohio State to 20 points in a 20-13 loss in September.

"Jay will be a great addition to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator,” Ash said in a statement. “Jay and I have known each other for over 20 years and I have always admired his approach to coaching. Jay and I share a defensive philosophy. It will be a defense built on effort, fundamentals, execution and toughness.”

Niemann brings five years of head-coaching experience at Simpson College to go along with nine total years as a defensive play caller. He coached defensive backs and called plays for Northern Illinois for the past five seasons. 

Niemann also brings experience as a linebackers coach, where a vacancy remains on the defensive staff for Ash. He joins defensive backs coach Bill Busch and assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Henry on the defensive side of the ball.

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