Chippewas Name DeBord Head Football Coach

Updated 12/6/1999
MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan (December 6) -- Mike DeBord, the offensive coordinator for Michigan during its national championship season of 1997, has been named the new football coach at Central Michigan.

The offensive coordinator at the University of Michigan for the past three years, the 43-year-old DeBord has been on the Wolverine staff for eight seasons as offensive tackles and tight ends coach. He's been an assistant coach for 18 seasons at seven different schools.

"I am extremely excited that Mike DeBord will be our new football coach," said Chippewa athletics director Herb Deromedi. "It is impressive that Central of Michigan is able to land a coordinator from high-profile program that has consistently been in the top 10 in the country.

"Mike brings high energy, a reputation as an outstanding teacher, coach and communicator. I was impressed with his organizational ability and his commitment to the recruiting of Michigan high school athletes. His Midwestern background plus numerous ties will enable him to recruit from a broad base."

DeBord, who will continue to coach at Michigan through the Orange Bowl as well as begin his duties with Central Michigan, agreed to a four-year contract.

DeBord replaces Dick Flynn, CMU's head coach for the previous six seasons. The Chippewas were 4-7 in 1999 and Flynn posted a career mark of 30-37.

A 1978 graduate of Manchester College, DeBord becomes Central's 23rd head coach in school history.

DeBord was appointed to the Michigan staff in June of 1992 as the offensive tackles and tight ends coach. He was elevated to assistant head coach for two years (1995-96) before current Wolverine mentor Lloyd Carr promoted DeBord to his current position of offensive coordinator and tackles and ends coach in February of 1997.

In his first campaign as offensive coordinator in 1997, Michigan won the national championship. The 1998 Wolverine squad turned in school-record performances in passing yards (2,931), passing attempts (403) and completions (238). UM gained 4,951 yards (ninth best all-time) and the 359 points was 10th best in school annals.

Michigan has gone to a bowl every year DeBord has been with the Maize and Blue, and the Wolverines will go to the Orange Bowl this year following a 9-2 season.

DeBord has experience in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) having coached the offensive line at Ball State in 1989, helping guide the Cardinals to a MAC crown and a berth in the California Raisin Bowl.

A native of Gaston, Ind., DeBord won four letters playing on the offensive line at Manchester. He was all-conference and all-district playing both center and tackle.

DeBord and his wife, Deb, currently live in Saline with their two sons, Tyler (18) and Kyle (13).

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COACHING EXPERIENCE Year(s) Position School 1982-83 Offensive Line Franklin College 1984 Offensive Line Fort Hays 1985-86 Offensive Coordinator Fort Hays 1987-88 Offensive Line Eastern Illinois 1989 Offensive Line Ball State 1990-91 Offensive Line Colorado State 1992 Offensive Line Northwestern 1992-95 Offensive Line Michigan 1995-96 Assistant Head Coach Michigan 1997-99 Offensive Coordinator Michigan COLLEGE BOWL EXPERIENCE Year Bowl School 1989 California Raisin Bowl Ball State 1990 Freedom Bowl Colorado State 1992 Rose Bowl Michigan 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl Michigan 1994 Holiday Bowl Michigan 1995 Alamo Bowl Michigan 1996 Outback Bowl Michigan 1997 Rose Bowl Michigan 1998 Citrus Bowl Michigan 1999 Orange Bowl Michigan