Former Tennessee OC Mike DeBord returns to college football
Mike DeBord is back in college football.
The former Tennessee offensive coordinator has joined Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines staff as an analyst. DeBord, who most recently coached as an offensive coordinator in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, returns to Ann Arbor as a familiar face. He was UM’s offensive line coach from 1993-96 before being promoted to offensive coordinator from 1997, a position he held until 1999, helping the Wolverines win a national championship in 1997. DeBord returned to the program in 2004, serving as special teams coach and recruiting coordinator through the 2005 season. He was the team’s offensive coordinator again, as well as tight ends coach, for Michigan’s 2006 and ’07 seasons.
After coaching in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears, DeBord returned to college football by joining the Tennessee staff for the 2015 season. DeBord’s departure from UT after the 2016 season was described as a “retirement,” but DeBord took the offensive coordinator job at Indiana. He described coaching as an “addiction” when he joined the San Diego Fleet staff last year:
“I’ve always called it an addiction. We’re all addicted to football. When you get to a certain age, you want to be around a certain type of coaching staff, a certain type of players. I wouldn’t have gone to work for someone I didn’t know. At this stage of my life, when Mike (Martz) called, it was automatic.”
It’s clear DeBord prefers the football life to retired life.
It’s GREAT to be a MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!!
— MikeDeBord (@DeBordCoachMike) March 3, 2020