Dave Doeren has been hired as Wisconsin’s co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, incoming head coach Bret Bielema announced in a press release Friday.
Doeren, 34, comes to Wisconsin after serving as assistant at Kansas the past four seasons, the first three as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. Last season he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator, while retaining his two previous titles.
Doeren (Pronounced DORE-in) has been a college assistant since 1995, with stops at Southern California, Drake and Montana.
“Dave is one of the top young coaches in the country,” Bielema said in the release. “The Kansas defense was highly rated in 2005 and Dave coordinated the signing of a very talented recruiting class there last year. He has a bright future ahead of him and I’m pleased it will be here at Wisconsin.”
The Jayhawks, who routed Houston, 42-13, in the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl, led the Big 12 and ranked No. 3 nationally in rushing defense (83.3 yards per game). Kansas also was No. 2 in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in total defense (303.3 yards per game).
Kansas’ 2005 recruiting class was ranked No. 57 in the nation by Scout.com and its 2006 class is currently ranked No. 34.
Prior to landing with the Jayhawks, Doeren was the secondary coach for two seasons at Division I-AA Montana. For one season he also held the title of Grizzlies’ recruiting coordinator. Montana won the Division I-AA national title in 2001. In Doeren’s two seasons with the Grizzlies, they were 28-3 while winning two conference titles.
Doeren began his coaching career in 1994 as the wide receivers and defensive line coach at Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Northwest High School. He went on to coach linebackers at this alma mater, Division I-AA Drake, from 1995-97. He also was the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator in ’97.
From Drake, Doeren spent two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Southern California. The ‘98 Trojans led the nation in interceptions with 24 (including five that were returned for touchdowns). USC led the nation in turnover margin in ‘99 and was second nationally in interceptions with 21 (including five returned for touchdowns).
Doeren is a native of Shawnee Mission, Kan. He and his wife, Sara, have two sons: Jacob and Luke.
A graduate of Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Doeren was a four-year letterwinner at Drake and earned Academic All-America honors as a senior.