March 2, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday that Deland McCullough has joined the staff as running backs coach. Wilson's full-time coaching staff is now complete.
A former Miami (Ohio) and NFL running back, McCullough arrives in Bloomington after a stint in Oxford. He served as an offensive and special teams intern as the RedHawks captured the 2010 Mid-American Conference championship and earned a victory in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl.
"Deland was a great player, is a better person and is on track to be an excellent coach," Wilson said. "He is a guy that was on my radar from the start. We have a great relationship dating back to our days together at Miami and Deland is on board with what we want to accomplish."
McCullough starred at Miami from 1992-95 when Wilson served as the team's offensive coordinator. A three-time All-MAC selection (first team in 1992 and 1995, second team in 1994), he ended his career as the MAC and Miami recordholder for career rushing yards (4,368) and career rushing attempts (949).
"This is a great opportunity with an excellent staff in place, a great leader and excellent facilities." McCullough said. "I am just thankful that Coach Wilson remembered our relationship, remembered my make up, and thinks that I am a good fit to come in here and help take the running backs to another level."
McCullough became the first RedHawk to lead the team in rushing four years, topping the 1,000-yard mark on three occasions. He was also the first Miami player to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors (1992) and was later a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
From 1996 through 2000, he played professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the XFL's Chicago Enforcers.
He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Following his playing career, McCullough worked in education at the high school level in the Cincinnati area initially as a teacher, then head football coach, athletic director and principal. As a coach and athletic director, he was responsible for the placement of over 100 student-athletes into college on scholarships.
Deland and his wife, Darnell, have three sons, Deland Jr. (11), Dasan (7) and Daeh (6).
Below is a look at Indiana's coaching staff:
Doug Mallory - Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Mike Ekeler - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Mark Hagen - Defensive Tackles/Special Teams Coordinator
Brett Diersen - Defensive Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
Brandon Shelby - Cornerbacks
Kevin Johns - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Rod Smith - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Greg Frey - Offensive Line
Deland McCullough - Running Backs