Hoke brings back Mattison to run defense

BY foxsports • January 18, 2011

FOX Sports Detroit

Greg Mattison, the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator the last two seasons, is returning to Michigan to try to rebuild the defense under new coach Brady Hoke, the university announced Tuesday night.

Mattison, 61, was the Wolverines' defensive coordinator in 1995 and '96, when the defense was a top-20 caliber unit. He was Michigan's defensive line coach for five years beginning in '92.

Mattison has more than 30 years of experience as a college coach, including 12 as a defensive coordinator. His college stops have also included Notre Dame, Florida, Texas A&M, Navy, Western Michigan, Northwestern, Cornell and Illinois.

"Greg loves Michigan, loves recruiting and is excited about coming back to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan," Hoke said in a statement. "Greg is one of the top defensive coordinators in football. His defensive units have always prided themselves on stopping the run."

Hoke also confirmed the hiring of several other assistants, including Al Borges (offensive coordinator), Fred Jackson (running backs), Dan Ferrigno (special teams coordinator/tight ends), Darrell Funk (offensive line), Jeff Hecklinski (receivers), Mark Smith (linebackers) and Aaron Wellman (director of strength and conditioning).

Mattison and Jackson, who will be entering his 20th season on U-M's staff, are the only ones who have any experience in the Michigan program. The others all worked with Hoke at San Diego State. There are still two openings on the staff.

Jan. 18, 2010