Springer Tabbed New Assistant Football Coach
Feb. 14, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced this afternoon that Dennis Springer will join the Hoosier staff as running backs coach and special teams co-coordinator. Springer replaces Gerald Brown, who took a similar position with the Atlanta Falcons last month.
"Dennis is an excellent football coach, an outstanding recruiter and has a history of developing great relationships with his players," Lynch said. "We look forward to Dennis joining our staff and welcoming his family to Bloomington."
Springer, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native and a Northrop graduate, spent the 2007 season as the Western Kentucky assistant head coach/defense/defensive backs coach. The Hilltoppers finished the season with a 7-5 record, allowing 20.8 points per game and 319.6 yards of total offense. WKU forced 29 turnovers, including 20 interceptions, and held five opponents under 14 points with one shutout.
"My wife (Nicole) and I are extremely excited to be a part of the Indiana Football family and Bloomington community," Springer said. "It is a great opportunity for to be a part of Coach Lynch's staff, and I look forward to working with the young men in this program and the other coaches on this staff."
Prior to his stint at Western Kentucky, Springer spent four years at Bowling Green and was on the staff at Ball State for 10 years as both a full-time and graduate assistant. Springer was the defensive safeties coach at BGSU in 2006 after serving as the Falcons' running backs coach during the three previous campaigns. With Bowling Green, he coached in two bowl games and the Falcons were nationally ranked in 2003, '04 and '05.
Springer's running backs averaged 2,117 yards in the three years, including a 2,750-yard total in 2003. He coached former Falcon running back and current Chicago Bear P.J. Pope to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2003 (1,005) and 2004 (1,098). Pope averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored 10 times in 2003 and increased those numbers to 6.2 yards per carry and 15 touchdowns the following season.
His responsibilities also included developing and implementing practice and game day strategies, recruiting and serving as the coordinator of team community service projects. Bowling Green compiled an 11-3 record in 2003, claimed the Mid-American Conference West Division crown with a 7-1 mark and earned a 28-24 victory over Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl. The following season the Falcons collected a 52-35 win over Memphis in the 2004 GMAC Bowl en route to a 9-3 finish. Bowling Green also won the 2005 MAC East Division title while he was on the staff.
At Ball State, Springer spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons as a graduate assistant before spending the next eight years as an assistant coach under Lynch. He assisted with game day and practice planning and recruiting while serving as the liaison for both the Student Athletic Advisory Board and the strength and conditioning staff. Springer coached defensive backs his final two years in Muncie, also working with outside linebackers for two seasons and wide receivers for four.
The Cardinals earned a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl in 1993 and 1996 with Springer on the staff.
He earned his undergraduate degree in secondary education from Butler in 1993 after helping lead the Bulldogs to three conference championships, serving as captain during the 1991 season. Springer played for Lynch in 1988 and 1989 and earned three letters with the Bulldogs.
Springer and his wife, Nicole, have one daughter, Sophia (1).
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