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Sources: Bowling Green filling out defensive staff

Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler is expected to promote cornerbacks coach Eric Lewis to defensive coordinator among other moves to fill out the Falcons' defensive staff, sources told FootballScoop on Tuesday.

The 2020 campaign was Lewis's first at Bowling Green. He has coordinated defenses previously at Eastern Michigan and Weber State, and coached defensive backs at seven different schools prior to BG.

Promoting Lewis would fill the vacancy created when Brian VanGorder retired from college coaching earlier this month. He has since joined Mark Hudspeth's staff at Gulf Shores High School in Alabama.

In addition to promoting Lewis, sources said Loeffler is expected to bring Bob Ligashesky aboard as special teams coordinator and Cato June to work with linebackers.

Ligashesky worked previously at Bowling Green from 1991-99 as linebackers coach, special teams coordinator and assistant head coach. He has since coordinated special teams for the Jaguars, Rams, Raiders, Bucs and Texans and spent the past five years on Lovie Smith's Illinois staff, but was not retained upon Bret Bielema's hiring.

June was a high school All-American, an All-Big Ten safety at Michigan, and won a Super Bowl as a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts amid a 7-year NFL career. Following that, he moved into coaching at the Washington, DC, high school level before moving on to Howard. He is currently the defensive ends coach at UMass.

The Ligashesky and June hirings would bring Loeffler's staff back to 10 on-the-field assistants. June would work in concert with Steve Morrison, Bowling Green's linebackers coach and Loeffler's associate head coach.

The Falcons went 0-5 in 2020 with the second-to-last scoring defense in FBS, surrendering 45 points per game. Bowling Green is 3-14 in the 2-year Loeffler era.

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