After taking a year off, veteran assistant Craig Kuligowski is returning to coaching. Jordan Strack and Troy Gingerich of WTOL are reporting that Kuligowski will be the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Toledo, his alma mater, for the 2020 season.

Kuligowski coached most recently at Alabama in 2018 as the associated head coach and defensive line coach on Nick Saban’s staff. Kuligowski had signed a two-year deal to make $750,000 per year, but after the 2018 season, Saban replaced Kuligowski with Brian Baker, the former defensive line coach at Mississippi State. Kuligowski played at Toledo from 1987-90, his senior season being the lone season Saban was the head coach of the Rockets and the team won a MAC championship.

Prior to Alabama, Kuligowski was on Mark Richt’s Miami Hurricanes staff for two seasons. Kuligowski is best known for his 15 seasons at Missouri under Gary Pinkel. At Mizzou, Kuligowski coached 24 players to all-conference honors in the SEC and produced five first-round NFL Draft picks, including four since 2009.