Three Ball State coaches follow Hoke to SDSU


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SAN DIEGO (U-WIRE) – Brady Hoke added three of his assistant coaches from the Ball State University football team to his new staff at San Diego State University, Ball State announced Monday.
Darrell Funk, Jeff Hecklinski and Mark Smith left for San Diego State to join Hoke – who became the head coach for the Aztecs Dec. 16, 2008, after being Ball State’s head coach for six seasons.
Funk will coach the offensive line for San Diego State after coaching Ball State’s offensive guards and centers in 2008.
Hecklinski coached at Ball State for five seasons and will now be the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach for San Diego State. He was the wide receivers coach for Ball State from 2004-07 and was also the recruiting coordinator last season.
Smith was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Ball State for six seasons and will coach linebackers at San Diego State.
Hoke named Al Borges, the Auburn University offensive coordinator from 2004-07, his offensive coordinator in December. The former Cardinals’ coach also named Rocky Long, the head coach of the University of New Mexico the previous 11 seasons, as his defensive coordinator in December. He named Dan Ferrigno, who most recently coached wide receivers at the University of California in 2006 and 2007, the coach for special teams and tight ends at San Diego State last week.

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