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Mike DeBord

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Sport(s)  Football
1987–1988  Eastern Illinois (OL)
Titles  Offensive coordinator
1984  Fort Hays State (OL)
Education  Manchester University

1982–1983  Franklin (OL)
Role  Coach
Team  Tennessee
Name  Mike DeBord

Born  February 7, 1956 (age 59) Muncie, Indiana (1956-02-07)
1985–1986  Fort Hays St. (OC/QB/WR)

Conference  Southeastern Conference

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Mike DeBord (born February 7, 1956) is an American football coach who currently serves as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Indiana University. DeBord was the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 2000 to 2003, compiling a record of 12–34. He worked as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for a total of 11 seasons, from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2004 to 2007. He was the offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines for five seasons (1997–1999, 2006–2007) including Michigan's 1997 campaign, in which the team won a national championship. DeBord has also worked as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL), with the Seattle Seahawks (2008–2009) and the Chicago Bears (2010–2012).


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Early playing and coaching career

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DeBord graduated from Wes-Del High School in Delaware County, Indiana. He started for four years on the offensive line at Manchester College, receiving all-conference, all-district and honorable mention NAIA All-America honors during the 1977 season when he was captain. DeBord would later earn a master's degree from Ball State in 1981. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

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In 1982, DeBord embarked on a coaching career that included stops at Franklin College, Fort Hays State University, Eastern Illinois University, Ball State University, Colorado State University and Northwestern University before joining the Michigan staff under head coach Gary Moeller. At Michigan, he served as offensive line coach from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he was promoted to offensive coordinator. During DeBord's first year as offensive coordinator in 1997, Michigan won their first national championship since 1948. As the offensive coordinator at Michigan, DeBord posted a 52–11 regular season record and a post season record of 4–1.

Central Michigan

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DeBord was hired as the head football coach at Central Michigan by athletic director Herb Deromedi in 2000. He would go on to post a 12–34 record, resigning after the 2003 season. DeBord never won more than four games in a season in his time at Central Michigan.

Return to Michigan

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DeBord rejoined the Wolverines in 2004 as special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator, taking over the role filled by the retiring Bobby Morrison. DeBord served in that capacity for two seasons before succeeding Terry Malone as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach in 2006. Malone had previously replaced DeBord when DeBord took the head coaching job at Central Michigan in 2000.

DeBord was a candidate for the head coaching position at Michigan following the retirement of Lloyd Carr in 2007. The job ultimately went to Rich Rodriguez, who jettisoned all Michigan assistant coaches except running backs coach Fred Jackson.


On March 5, 2008, the Seattle Seahawks announced that DeBord had been hired as the assistant offensive line coach. DeBord was promoted to tight end coach for the 2009 season.

On February 2, 2010, the Chicago Bears announced DeBord as their new tight ends coach, after coming to terms for the 2010 season. DeBord was dismissed by new head coach Marc Trestman on January 17, 2013.

Sports administration

On February 1, 2013, DeBord was hired by Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon to be the sports administrator for the school's Olympic sports teams. In this role he works with the 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 programs.

Offensive coordinator at Tennessee

On February 5, 2015, DeBord was hired by Tennessee head coach Butch Jones as offensive coordinator, replacing Mike Bajakian, who left to become quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones had previously worked under DeBord as an assistant coach at Central Michigan. On January 3, 2017, it was announced that DeBord would be leaving Tennessee to become the offensive coordinator for Indiana.

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Mike DeBord who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

  • Butch Jones: Central Michigan (2007–2009), Cincinnati (2010–2012), Tennessee (2013–present)
  • Curt Mallory: Indiana State (2017–present)
  • References

    Mike DeBord Wikipedia

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