BRADY HOKE is a multiple-award winning football coach currently serving as the Head Coach for the University of Michigan Wolverines since 2011. In his inaugural season as Michigan’s head coach, Hoke amassed an impressive 11-2 record earning him the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award, as well as the David McClain Coach of the Year award, and becoming the first recipient of the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year award as voted on by the Big Ten Conference coaches. It was a great homecoming for Hoke who once served as Michigan’s assistant coach and whose comprehensive coaching career spans over three decades. Previous to Michigan, Hoke was the Head Coach for San Diego State University as well as having a successful run as Ball State’s Head Coach where he played as a student. Hoke’s passion to build and lead a winning team is second only to his pure love of the game that’s rewarded him continually over the years.
Hoke was one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award in 2008. He was also named Mid-American Coach of the Year in 2008 and American Football Coaches Association Football Bowl Subdivision Region 3 Coach of the Year.
In his sixth year as head coach of the Cardinals, Hoke has guided Ball State to its best season in program history, recording a school-record 12 wins and completing an undefeated Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular-season campaign with an 8-0 mark in 2008. Ball State made its’ first-ever appearance in the national polls, ranking as high as 12th by the Associated Press and 13th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Hoke led the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl game appearances (2007-08), the first time the feat has happened in school history. After his prolific final season at Ball State, Coach Hoke was a guest on the hit CBS program Late Show with David Letterman.
Hoke was a defensive standout for Ball State as a student-athlete, lettering four times from 1977-80, and serving as team captain his senior season. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ball State in 1982, and began his coaching career as an assistant at Yorktown High School (Ind.).