KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 18: Interim head coach Brady Hoke of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Neyland Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Hoke brothers, former Ohio State assistant find new jobs

Three football coaches with area ties have found landed new gigs in the past month. 

The most recognizable name, Brady Hoke, is back in familiar surroundings as the defensive line coach at San Diego State. 

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The Fairmont East graduate was head coach of the Aztecs in 2009 and ’10 before accepting the same position at Michigan, where he got off to a hot start he wasn’t able to sustain. 

Hoke was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2011 when the Wolverines went 11-2, but went 20-18 the following three years and relieved of his duties after the 2014 campaign. 

Since then the 60-year-old was the defensive line coach at Oregon and Tennessee before spending last season with the Carolina Panthers. 

His older brother, Jon, was hired as the defensive coordinator at Maryland on Jan. 24.

The 62-year-old spent the past three seasons as defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His coaching career began in 1982 when he coached DBs at the University of Dayton. 

Michigan coach Brady Hoke (No. 55) and his brother Jon Hoke (37), an assistant with the Chicago bears, pose during their days playing football for Ball State together.
Photo: Staff Writer

Most recently, the Oakland Raiders announced they have hired Taver Johnson as assistant defensive backs coach for head coach Jon Gruden, a University of Dayton grad. 

A 46-year-old Cincinnati native who starred as a player at Wittenberg, Johnson was among the coaches from Urban Meyer’s last staff not retained by new Ohio State coach Ryan Day.

Though most of his 25-year coaching career has been spent in college, Johnson worked for the Browns in 2004. 

Taver Johnson is back as CBs coach of the Buckeyes, who have had three consecutive starters at that position taken in the first round of the NFL draft.

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