EMU names Ron English head football coach

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YPSILANTI, Mich.–Ron English, the defensive coordinator for the University of Louisville football team in 2008, has been named head football coach at Eastern Michigan University.

YPSILANTI, Mich.–Ron English, the defensive coordinator for the University of Louisville football team in 2008, has been named head football coach at Eastern Michigan University.

English replaces Jeff Genyk who did not have his contract renewed after the 2008 season.

English will be one of five African-American head coaches in the 119-school NCAA Football Subdivision ranks.

“When we began this search for a new head football coach at Eastern Michigan University, we wanted someone that we felt could take our program in a new direction,” EMU Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg said. “After going through an exhaustive search process, we have selected Ron English to lead our football program. He has proven himself as a tremendous defensive coordinator over a long career, and we feel that he is prepared to take over our football team as a head coach.”

Prior to spending the 2008 season at Louisville, the 40-year-old English was an assistant football coach at the University of Michigan from 2003-07 where he coached the defensive backs for his first three seasons and served as the football program’s defensive coordinator in his final two seasons.

In 2007, English oversaw an aggressive Michigan defense that was the nation’s eighth-ranked pass defense and 17th in pass efficiency defense. English was named Rivals.com National Defensive Coordinator of the Year during his initial season as the defensive signal caller at Michigan in 2006. AP

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