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DeRuyter To Rejoin Ohio Football Staff

DeRuyter To Rejoin Ohio Football Staff

Contact: Jim Stephan


Tim DeRuyter returns to the Bobcats as the defensive coordinator.

Athens, Ohio - Former defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Tim DeRuyter will return to the Bobcat coaching staff in the same role, Ohio head coach Brian Knorr announced today. DeRuyter has served on the coaching staff at the United States Naval Academy for the past three seasons.

"Tim is a coach with whom I have a tremendous amount of experience," said Knorr. "I have confidence in his abilities to lead our defense. He will bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to that side of the ball. He and his family are excited about returning to the Ohio University community."

A college teammate of Knorr at Air Force, DeRuyter has followed a similar career path. He was named Ohio's defensive coordinator in 1995 and stayed in that position for four seasons before leaving for the Navy in 1999. Knorr served as the inside linebackers coach under DeRuyter, then was promoted to fill the vacancy upon his departure.

Under DeRuyter's direction, the Bobcats finished 10th in the nation and first in the MAC in scoring defense in 1997. The previous year, the unit ranked among the national leaders in total defense (17th), rushing defense (20th), pass efficiency defense (24th), and scoring defense (29th). He was a part of the Ohio turnaround as the Bobcats improved from 0-11 to 6-6 and then to 8-2 in a three-year span. Included in the 1997 season was an upset win at Maryland.

At Navy, his change to a 3-4 system paid immediate dividends. The Midshipmen improved in all three statistical categories - rushing yards (216.6 to 151.6), passing (246.1 to 209.4) and total defense (462.7 to 361.0). The total number of sacks increased from 12 the previous season to 35. He worked with the outside linebackers his first two years, before moving to the secondary for the 2001 season.

After completing his military service, DeRuyter began his coaching career at Air Force in 1989 and worked with all three position groups on the defensive side of the ball during his four-year tenure there. He was a three-year letterwinner at outside linebacker at Air Force and played in three bowl games - the 1982 Hall of Fame Bowl, and the 1983 and 1984 Independence Bowls.

DeRuyter received his bachelor's degree in Management from the USAFA in 1985. He added a master's degree in business administration from Regis (Colo.) in 1992. DeRuyter and his wife, Kara, have two children, Jake and Christina.