On Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, it was not Jim Harbaugh who was named University of Michigan football head coach, nor was it the teammate of Michigan athletic director David Brandon or LSU head coach Les Miles, who would be tabbed to replace the recently departed Rich Rodriguez.
It would not be an alum, but another “Michigan man” returning to the greatest stage in all of college football, as Brady Hoke has been anointed the new leader of the football program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Despite speculation that those men who were themselves coached by the legendary Glenn E. “Bo” Schembechler were leading candidates to take the reigns as University of Michigan football head coach, Brady Hoke will return to Ann Arbor, where he coached the defensive line under former head coach Lloyd Carr from 1995-2002.
Brady Hoke began his FBS (Division-I) head coaching career in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during the 2003 season at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
Hoke spent from 2003 to 2006 building a team that had yet to reach .500, before the 2007 and 2008 campaigns yielded the most fruitful in Ball State football history.
In 2007, Ball State head coach Brady Hoke led the Cardinals to a 7-6 record and a berth to the International Bowl. His team showed even better in 2008, posting a 12-1 record and a second postseason bid, appearing in the GMAC Bowl.
Hoke’s leadership did not go unnoticed and Brady was hired to take over a program in the Western Athletic Conference, the San Diego State Aztecs.
Brady Hoke’s inaugural season at SDSU in 2009 was equivalent in wins to his 2003 and 2005 seasons at Ball State with four. After only one year under Hoke’s leadership, the San Diego State Aztecs posted a 9-4 record and closed the 2010-11 season with a 35-14 Poinsettia Bowl victory over the Unites States Naval Academy.
Hoke’s teams have learned to win under his guidance and there promises to be a return to the type of powerful Michigan offense and stout Michigan defense that Wolverines football faithful have become accustomed to finding in the “Big House.”