The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 1:00 am

Hoosiers quickly find new defensive coordinator

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Just days after Indiana's football team lost defensive coordinator Charlton Warren to North Carolina, the Hoosiers have reportedly found a replacement.

Former Minnesota defensive line coach Chad Wilt will depart Minneapolis and take the role according to multiple reports, making him Indiana's third defensive coordinator in the last three seasons.

Wilt has been a defensive line coach for more than 20 years; he started at Central Connecticut State in 2001 and continued on in the role at Liberty, Virginia, Richmond, Ball State (2011-2013), Maryland, Army, Cincinnati and Minnesota, where he has been for two seasons.

Indiana also lost defensive line coach Kevin Peoples to Missouri in recent days, opening an opportunity for Wilt to coach the line in addition to his coordinator duties.

The Carlisle, Pennsylvania, native helped the Golden Gophers improve from 3-4 in 2020 to 9-4 in 2021. Much of that improvement was the result of an improved run defense, which gave up 97.5 yards per game (eighth in the country) after surrendering 206.7 (102nd) in 2020. 

Wilt's defensive line also accounted for 29 of Minnesota's 33 sacks in his two years. 

He was a two-time All-American defensive end during his playing days at Taylor, an MSFA Mideast League rival of Saint Francis, from 1996 to 1999 when his father Steve was the coach.

He takes over a unit that ranked 71st in the country in total defense. The Hoosiers return a trio of All-Big Ten players in the secondary in Tiawan Mullen, Jaylin Williams and Devon Matthews.

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