Woody Widenhofer Defensive Coordinator
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...Woody WidenhoferDefensive CoordinatorWoody Widenhofer, one of football's premier defensive strategists, joins head coach Hal Mumme as defensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Most recently the head football coach at Vanderbilt University
, a member of the Southeastern Conference, Widenhofer
resigned November 8, 2001, ending a seven-year relationship with the university to open the door on a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Southeastern.
"I view the chance to coach at Southeastern as a unique opportunity," remarked Widenhofer
to the staff really gives us a boost," replied Mumme.
"Southeastern Louisiana's hiring of Woody Widenhofer
as defensive coordinator clearly shows an administration committed to building a first-class football program.With Coach Mumme's
SEC-proven offensive system, and Coach Widenhofer's SEC-proven defensive scheme, Southeastern is on the road to having a dominant college football program before the first player has even been signed."Widenhofer, 59, whose ample experience as a head coach and defensive coordinator spans the collegiate and professional ranks, has served as head coach at high-profile I-A programs, been a head coach in the defunct United States Football League and helped mold arguably the finest NFL defense of all-time.His
association with football coaching excellence began in his
playing days as a linebacker for Dan Devine at Missouri.He went on to work at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and the University of Minnesota before agreeing to become linebacker coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1973.
The struggling AFL franchise blossomed during Widenhofer's
tenure and its defense, especially Widenhofer's linebacking corps of Andy Russell, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham, began to dominate the league.After four years - and two Super Bowls - Widenhofer becamethe Steelers' defensive coordinator, witnessing the famed "Steel Curtain" defense capture two more Super Bowl titles. In 1984, Widenhofer joined the upstart USFL, coaching quarterback Doug Williams and the Oklahoma Outlaws to a 6-12 record. Widenhofer
, a Pennsylvania native and 1965 graduate of Missouri, returned to his
alma mater in 1985 to take over head coaching duties.The undermanned Tigers slowly improved under Widenhofer
, but failed to post a winning campaign during his
stay at Missouri, Widenhofer
returned to the professional ranks as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions
in 1989.He spent four years in Detroit and two more with the Cleveland Browns before newly hired Vanderbilt coach Rob Dowhower invited Widenhofer to oversee the Commodore defense in 1995. Vanderbilt
realized meager success under Dowhower but Widenhofer's
defenses, as became the norm, continued to be feared by opponents.The defensive-minded Commodores just missed upsets of Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee during the two-year period. In 1997 Vanderbilt administrators named Widenhofer as the school's 25th head coach.