Mike Yeager is in his fifth year at Indiana and his second season as linebackers coach. Yeager served as the team's safeties coach from 2006-08. He is also in his fourth year as IU's recruiting coordinator. Yeager held a defensive graduate assistant position in 2005 before earning a promotion to assistant coach prior to the 2006 campaign.
He is no stranger to linebacker, a position where he earned three letters at Miami (Ohio) University. That experience paid off in 2009 as the Hoosiers' starters finished 1-2-3 on the team and all three were in the top 30 in the Big Ten in tackles. Additionally, middle linebacker Matt Mayberry signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bears and weak-side linebacker Will Patterson inked a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans following the 2010 NFL Draft.
Mayberry finished fourth in the league with 9.0 tackles per game and led the team with 108 tackles and 61 solo stops. He received honorable mention All-Big Ten from both the league's coaches and media. Mayberry also finished second on the team with 5.5 sacks (38 yards), 11 tackles for loss (43 yards) and three interceptions.
Junior strong-side linebacker Tyler Replogle finished 12th in the Big Ten with 7.3 tackles per game. He closed out the season second on the team with 80 tackles and 61 solos. Replogle added two sacks (10 yards), was fourth on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss (22 yards) and recorded one interception (30 yards).
Patterson was one of four team captains and ended the year tied for 29th in the Big Ten with 6.1 tackles per game. He shared third on the team with 67 tackles, fourth with 46 solo stops and recorded 1.5 sacks and four tackles for loss.
Yeager's safeties battled through an injury-plagued 2008, as starters Austin Thomas (seven) and Nick Polk (five) missed a combined 12 games. The duo still managed to make its mark. Polk finished with 52 tackles, two forced fumbles and a 31-yard touchdown recovery. Thomas added 41 stops with two interceptions - in the team's win over 22nd-ranked (BCS) Northwestern - and one forced fumble.
Along with Polk and Thomas, Joe Kleinsmith closed 2008 third on the team with 56 tackles and Brandon Mosley posted 43 stops with one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Each member of the quartet finished in the top 10 on the Hoosiers in tackles.
In 2007, Thomas and Polk showed what they could do with a clean bill of health. Thomas, who earned honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition, emerged as one of the top safeties in the conference. He led the squad with 112 tackles on the year, the most since John Kerr's 114 in 2002. Thomas finished fifth in Big Ten games only with 10.2 tackles per game and eighth in all games with 8.6 each time out.
Polk, who switched to the position from wide receiver in the spring, finished fifth on the team with 74 tackles to go along with two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 2.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups.
Safeties Will Meyers and Troy Grosfield posted career years in 2006. Meyers led the team with five interceptions and 78 tackles, while Grosfield finished second with 63 tackles. In his debut season, Thomas finished sixth on the team with 49 tackles, 35 solo, and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles.
In addition to working with a secondary that led the Big Ten Conference in pass defense (202.5 yards per game) in 2005, Yeager coordinated all film breakdown of opposing offenses. He also was involved with recruiting efforts in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
Prior to his arrival at IU, Yeager spent five years as an assistant coach at The College of Wooster. He started as the Scots' wide receivers coach in 2000-01 before moving to special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach in 2002 and defensive coordinator in 2003-04. Yeager was instrumental in helping Wooster to the 2004 North Coast Athletic Conference title (its first outright league crown since 1934) and the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Yeager, a Cincinnati native, attended Miami from 1995-99. During his career, the RedHawks posted victories at Northwestern (twice), North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and as a senior, he was third on the team with 116 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.
A 1999 Miami graduate, Yeager owns a bachelor's degree in sport organization. Mike and his wife, Katrin, have one daughter, Rylan (infant).