Kalen DeBoer is set to become Indiana’s offensive coordinator, sources told FootballScoop on Friday.
DeBoer spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State. He also previously coordinated offenses for Eastern Michigan, Southern Illinois and Sioux Falls.
Perhpas DeBoer’s most impressive coaching run came not as an offensive coordinator, but a head coach. After serving as the offensive coordinator at Sioux Falls from 2000-04, at age 31 he was promoted to head coach and led his alma mater to a 67-3 record with four Great Plains Athletic Conference championships and NAIA national titles in 2006, 2008 and ’09. His third and final loss as the Cougars’ head coach came in the 2007 NAIA national championship.
DeBoer helped Fresno State post a 22-6 record with one Mountain West championship, two MW West Division crowns and a No. 18 final AP ranking in 2018 — at a program that went 1-11 in the year prior to the new staff’s arrival. The Bulldogs’ yards per play rank jumped from 123rd in 2016 to 22nd under DeBoer’s watch, an improvement of more than a yard and a half per snap over the course of an entire season. In raw numbers: Fresno State scored 212 points in the year prior to DeBoer’s hiring and 485 in 2018, a growth of 17 points per game.
DeBoer replaces Mike DeBord, who announced his retirement on Dec. 30.
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