The former Michigan coach will be the defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers in 2018, according to Alex Marvez ofSporting News.
This will be Hoke’s third coaching stop since leaving Michigan. Hoke spent the 2016 season as Oregon’s defensive coordinator and then was Tennessee’s defensive line coach before becoming the program’s interim coach when the Vols fired Butch Jones in November.
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Hoke is making the jump to the National Football League, where he will serve as the Carolina Panther’s new defensive line coach, according to Sporting News. Hoke coached the last two games of the year for the Volunteers after Butch Jones was let go, losing both. Hoke went 0-2 as Tennessee’s interim coach, with losses to LSU and Vanderbilt. Hoke finished with a 31-20 record in his four years at MI during a tenure that included a Sugar Bowl win and something current head coach Jim Harbaugh is yet to accomplish-a victory over Ohio State.
He will replace Eric Washington, who was promoted to defensive coordinator after Steve Wilks became the Arizona Cardinals head coach.
Hoke is in his fourth decade as a football coach, but he’ll be a first-time NFL coach in Charlotte.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Hoke coached the defensive lines at Western Michigan, Oregon State and Michigan. At Ball State, Hoke took his alma mater to its first winning season in a decade with a seven-win season in 2007 and followed it with an unbeaten regular season and MAC title in 2008. Hoke improved San Diego State from 4-8 to 9-4 and jumped to Michigan after two years with the Aztecs.
Hoke’s 2017 salary at Tennessee was $500,000, and he earned an extra $50,000 per month for his role as the Vols’ interim coach.