Justin Wilcox has been busy at work filling out his staff. The new Golden Bears head coach is tasked with turning around a program that finished 5-7 last season, and has had only one winning season in the last five years.
Part of that turnaround will include shut-down defense, and they have employed Tim DeRuyter to create it for them.
DeRutyer should be familiar with the defensive coordinator duties. The coach has held the position at five different programs: Ohio, Navy, Nevada, Air Force and Texas A&M. His success at Texas A&M landing him the head coaching job at Fresno State.
After starting this season 1-7, DeRuyter was relieved of his duties as head coach.
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The veteran coach has a history of turning around struggling defenses, though. When he took over for the Aggies, they were ranked 104th in the country and finished 21st in overall defense while he was there. He also led Fresno State to successful campaigns in his first two seasons, getting the Bulldogs ranked as high as 15th in 2013.
Wilcox’s background is in defense, and now with another defensive mind in the fold, the team should excel on that side of the ball.