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,”

Kingston said.

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.