Bowling Green assistant football coach Mike Mickens has left the team to join the staff at Kent State, the program confirmed on Wednesday.

Mickens, the Falcons' cornerbacks coach since 2014, will join Sean Lewis' staff as the secondary coach of the Golden Flashes.

Lewis was hired as Kent State's new head coach last week. He was Bowling Green's co-offensive coordinator under Dino Babers during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He joined Babers' staff at Syracuse when Babers was hired by the Orange after the Mid-American Conference championship game in 2015.

With Mickens' departure, head coach Mike Jinks will be in search of two assistant coaches -- the second for when the NCAA's new 10th assistant coach rule goes into effect on Jan. 9.

A Dayton native, Mickens stayed at Bowling Green following Babers' departure. He came to Bowling Green in 2014 after coaching at Idaho, Indiana State and Cincinnati.

Mickens' unit struggled in the last two seasons, no thanks to numerous injuries and youth. The Falcons were 11th in the MAC in pass defense and pass defense efficiency. They were ninth in the conference with nine interceptions.

Mickens is a graduate of Wayne High School. He played collegiately at Cincinnati before being taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

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