Michigan hires former football offensive coordinator Mike DeBord as a sport administrator
ANN ARBOR -- Mike DeBord is headed back to Michigan.
Only not for the job you might think.
The university announced Friday that it has hired DeBord, the offensive coordinator of Michigan's 1997 national championship football team, as a sport administrator for the school's Olympic sports teams.
"I am really excited to return to the University of Michigan in a role where I can work with our coaches and student-athletes as they work to achieve their goals and aspirations," DeBord said in a released statement. "It has been exciting to watch Michigan Athletics from afar and now I am fortunate to be a part of it again."
DeBord, according to a university release, will be a sport administrator working with field hockey, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's track and field and men's and women's tennis.
Originally hired as an offensive line coach by Gary Moeller at Michigan in 1992, DeBord was promoted to offensive coordinator by Lloyd Carr prior to the 1997 season -- a year that culminated in a Rose Bowl victory and a national title.
That year, he was named The Sporting News' National Assistant Coach of the Year.
DeBord was hired as the head football coach at Central Michigan in 2000. He went 12-34 at CMU during four seasons in charge of the program. He offered his resignation in 2003, citing a lack of resources to build the program.
From there, he returned to Michigan as a special teams coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004 before Carr eventually promoted him back to offensive coordinator in 2006.
After Rich Rodriguez took the program over prior to the 2008 season, DeBord was let go. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Seattle Seahawks before moving on to a tight ends coaching job with the Chicago Bears -- a position he held until new Bears coach Marc Trestman chose not to retain him.
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