DENTON, Texas (1/25/08) After orchestrating some of the most prolific defenses in North Texas football history, Gary DeLoach has been hired to come back as the Mean Green’s defensive coordinator. Head football coach Todd Dodge made the announcement today.
Returning to a familiar role, DeLoach spent five seasons as a North Texas assistant from 1998-2002, including his final three as the Mean Green’s defensive coordinator. His 2002 defense ranked third in the nation in scoring, allowing an average of just 14.8 points per game. That same unit ranked ninth nationally in total defense, allowing 288.7 yards per game. Both of those averages are the best by any North Texas defense since returning to Div. I-A in 1995.
"We are tremendously excited about the return of Gary DeLoach as our defensive coordinator," Dodge said. "He is a great motivator and teacher and he has a proven track record of developing and implementing successful defensive systems. At the end of the day we hired a great defensive coach, but more importantly we hired a guy who is a great fit for North Texas and this football program."
DeLoach has spent the last five years as the defensive secondary coach at UCLA. During his time with the Bruins, DeLoach’s secondary unit ranked in the top 50 nationally in pass efficiency defense four times. His 2003 group led the Pacific-10 Conference in passing defense and ranked 32nd nationally allowing just 200.7 yards per game and 15 touchdowns. In 2006, DeLoach coached safety Chris Horton who led the team in tackles with 95 and in 2004 he coached Matt Clark who earned first team all-conference honors. DeLoach also coached special teams for UCLA in 2007, helping the Bruins lead the Pac-10 and rank sixth nationally in kickoff return average.
During his time at North Texas, DeLoach directed some of the best defenses in school history. His 2001 and 2002 defensive units led the Sun Belt Conference in both scoring defense and total defense. In fact, during his three years leading the defense, North Texas ranked in the top three in the conference every year in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and passing defense. Under his leadership, 11 defensive players earned first team all-conference honors from 2000-2002, including Brad Kassell and Brandon Kennedy who were Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
"I am thrilled at the opportunity to return to place that is very special to me," DeLoach said. "I have a great deal of respect for Coach Dodge and am confident that we have the pieces in place to return this program to prominence. We have had success here and we will be successful again."
DeLoach has spent 28 years as a college coach, including 16 as a defensive coordinator. He was the defensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin from 1983-89, New Mexico State from 1990-94, Trinity Valley Community College in 1997 and North Texas from 2000-2002. Trinity Valley won the 1997 JUCO national championship with a perfect 12-0 record thanks in large part to his defense that held opponents to an average of 13 points per game.
DeLoach is a Houston native and a graduate of Howard Payne University in 1976.
Gary DeLoach Coaching Experience
1976-78 Graduate Assistant Coach - Stephen F. Austin University
1979 Assistant Coach Spring Branch High School
1980-82 Assistant Coach - Texas A&M University
1983-89 Assistant Coach Stephen F. Austin University
1990-96 Assistant Coach New Mexico State University
1997 Assistant Coach - Trinity Valley
1998-2002 Assistant Coach University of North Texas
2003-2007 Assistant Coach UCLA
2008 Assistant Coach University of North Texas