Bowling Green football coach Scot Loeffler completed his first coaching staff with the hiring of yet another experienced assistant.
On Monday, the university announced that Loeffler has hired veteran assistant Brian VanGorder along with Julian Campenni.
VanGorder, a coach of 38 years, will serve as the linebackers coach and associate head coach, while Campenni will coach the defensive line.
Previously announced as the linebackers coach, Jacob Schoonover — who was retained from Mike Jinks’ staff — will be the special teams coordinator and serve as a linebackers coach. It was also announced that Erik Campbell, the wide receivers coach, will also be the passing game coordinator.
VanGorder rounds out a 10-person staff that includes 161 years of college coaching experience. He spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Louisville. He has been on two NFL staffs and has been the head coach at Georgia Southern (2006) and Wayne State (1992-94).
The 59-year-old native of Jackson, Michigan, VanGorder’s notable coaching stops have included Georgia (defensive coordinator/linebackers, 2001-04), Jacksonville Jaguars (linebackers, 2005), Atlanta Falcons (linebackers, 2007; defensive coordinator 2008-11), Auburn (defensive coordinator, 2012), New York Jets (linebackers, 2013) and Notre Dame (defensive coordinator, 2014-16). He was a defensive assistant at Georgia in 2016 and at Oklahoma State in 2017.
VanGorder’s last two stints as defensive coordinator haven’t gone well. He was fired four games into the 2016 season at Notre Dame after his defense allowed 33.5 points per game. This past season at Louisville the Cardinals’ defense gave up 44.1 ppg, which ranked 127th in the country.
But as a positions coach, VanGorder provides valuable experience at a position that will be vital to Bowling Green’s defensive success in 2019.
Campenni arrives in Bowling Green after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Boston College.
With the Eagles, Campenni assisted with the offensive line. Prior to his time at Boston College he was the defensive line coach at Wyoming Area High School in Exeter, Pennsylvania.
Campenni played defensive line at Connecticut, earning second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a senior.