Bowling Green hires Babers of E Illinois as coach
Bowling Green has hired Eastern Illinois’ Dino Babers to become
the Falcons’ new football coach.
Babers led Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record and the Football
Championship Series quarterfinals this season.
In announcing the hiring Wednesday, Bowling Green athletic
director D. Christopher Kingston called Babers ”a proven
”Dino brings with him an incredible resume of successful
experiences that absolutely fit the Falcon football program,”
He takes over for Dave Clawson, who led Bowling Green to a
Mid-American Conference championship before leaving for Wake Forest
earlier this month.
Babers, 52, was 19-7 in two seasons at EIU. He inherited a team
that had finished last in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2011 and
helped it finish 6-1 in the league the next season. He was selected
the conference’s coach of the year the past two seasons.
Before joining Eastern Illinois, Babers spent four seasons
working at Baylor under coach Art Briles. He served as the special
teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and outside receivers
coach for the Bears.
Babers has more than 30 years’ experience as an assistant in
His coaching stops include UCLA, where he was an assistant head
coach and recruiting coordinator. He also spent time at Pittsburgh,
Texas A&M, Arizona, Purdue and Arizona State.
Eastern Illinois had one of the top offenses in the FCS under
Babers. The Panthers led the nation with just over 48 points per
game and 589.5 yards per game.
Bowling Green (10-3) plays Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars
Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26. The Falcons won the MAC championship with a
victory over previously unbeaten and then-No. 16 Northern Illinois
in the conference title game.
Bowling Green special teams coordinator Adam Scheier will serve
as the interim coach for the Falcons in the bowl game.