Brady Hoke's coaching staff at Michigan is nearly complete. Michigan announced Tuesday night that Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has been hired to the same position with the Wolverines, and the school also confirmed the hiring of six other assistant coaches.
On offense, the assistants who have been officially hired are offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Al Borges, running backs coach Fred Jackson, wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski, offensive line coach Darrell Funk and tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno, who will also serve as the special teams coordinator. Aside from Jackson, who was retained from Rich Rodriguez's coaching staff (and Lloyd Carr's and Gary Moeller's before that), the offensive assistant coaches followed Hoke to Michigan from San Diego State.
On the defensive side of the ball, only defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Mark Smith have been officially hired. It's possible that either Hoke or Mattison will serve as Michigan's defensive line coach, which would allow the Wolverines to fill out the rest of the coaching staff with both a cornerbacks coach and a safeties coach. Hoke coached the defensive line at San Diego State (and when he was on Michigan's staff under Carr) and Mattison was actually Michigan's D-line coach during his first stint in Ann Arbor (from 1992-96). In 1995 and 1996 Mattison was the defensive line coach and the defensive coordinator for Michigan.
In addition to announcing the hiring of these assistants, it was also confirmed that Aaron Wellman has left San Diego State to become Michigan's strength and conditioning coach. Director of football operations Bob Lopez is also reportedly leaving SDSU for Michigan, but that has not been confirmed just yet.
Below is a breakdown of what Michigan's coaching staff looks like right now. Two more assistants can be hired to fill the final three openings. That means that one of the coaches already on the staff will take care of the defensive line duties and two assistants will be hired to handle the defensive backs, or a defensive line coach from the outside will be hired in addition to a secondary coach that is responsible for both cornerbacks and safeties.
Head Coach: Brady Hoke
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Al Borges
Running Backs: Fred Jackson
Wide Receivers: Jeff Hecklinski
Tight Ends/Special Teams: Dan Ferrigno
Offensive Line: Darrell Funk
Defensive Coordinator: Greg Mattison
Linebackers: Mark Smith