Mark Hagen, Corey Raymond Join Hoosier Defensive Staff
Dec. 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mark Hagen and Corey Raymond will join the Indiana defensive staff, IU Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday. Hagen will coach the defensive tackles and serve as special teams coordinator, while Raymond will coach the cornerbacks. Wilson announced Monday that Doug Mallory (safeties) and Mike Ekeler (linebackers) will serve as the Hoosiers' co-defensive coordinators.
Hagen returns to his alma mater after 11 seasons as an assistant at Purdue. The Carmel, Ind., native was a four-year letterwinner, two-time second team All-Big Ten selection, three-time Academic All-Big Ten winner and a captain at linebacker for the Hoosiers from 1987-91. He also served as a graduate and administrative assistant at IU from 1992-95, and he was a part of five bowl games, including the 1991 Copper Bowl, where he was named the bowl's Most Valuable Defensive Player.
"I have known Mark since my days at Northwestern and competing against his defensive fronts," Wilson said. "His track record certainly speaks for itself. Mark has developed a number of NFL players, his defensive linemen have always been excellent, and he has great experience with special teams. As a former IU captain and All-Big Ten linebacker, it is great to have Mark and his family back in Bloomington and a part of the Hoosier Nation."
Mallory was a graduate assistant during Hagen's sophomore season in 1988, and Hagen worked with Mallory in 1994 and 1995. Hagen also played for and coached with Mallory's father and IU's all-time winningest coach, Bill. He is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends.
"I am really excited for the opportunity to come home," Hagen said. "Coach Wilson is in the process of putting a great staff together. There is a lot of talent in place and the opportunity to come back to IU is a unique one that my wife and I are really looking forward to. I certainly have a lot of great memories from my time as a player and working with Coach (Bill) Mallory. One other highlight is the opportunity to work with Doug Mallory, who is like a brother to me. I think it is going to be a real special situation and we are ready to get started."
Raymond, who played seven years in the NFL, spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Utah State. He worked with the cornerbacks and the strength and conditioning program the previous three years at his alma mater, LSU.
"Corey came highly recommended by Doug Mallory, Mike Ekeler, (Nebraska Head Coach) Bo Pelini and (Utah State Head Coach) Gary Andersen," Wilson said. "He was an excellent college player and he spent seven seasons in the NFL. Corey's off to a great start in his college coaching career and is one of the great defensive backfield technicians in the country. We are excited with the qualities he brings to our defensive staff and welcome him to our team."
Raymond worked with Mallory (2006-08) and Ekeler (2006-07) at LSU, and he is excited to rejoin his former colleagues.
"I look forward to working with Coach Wilson and getting the opportunity to work with Coach Mallory and Coach Ekeler once again," Raymond said. "We are ready to build a program that will compete week in and week out in the Big Ten. This is an exciting opportunity and I can't wait to get going."
Hagen coached the Purdue linebackers in 2006-07 and 2009-10, after working with the defensive tackles from 2000-05 and again in 2008. He served as special teams coordinator from 2003-08 and as assistant head coach under Joe Tiller from 2005-08. Hagen was named one of the Big Ten's top recruiters in February of 2010 and was named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters in 2005 by Rivals.com.
From 2000-04, the Boilermakers ranked third, third, fourth, third and second in the Big Ten in rushing defense, yielding 149.8, 126.9, 116.2, 96.4 and 105.3 yards per game. They were 46th in the nation in 2000, 34th in 2001, 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003 and 14th in 2004.
Hagen has coached 10 players who went on to the NFL: defensive tackles Ryan Baker (Miami Dolphins), Alex Magee (Kansas City Chiefs), Matt Mitrione (New York Giants), Mike Neal (Green Bay Packers), Craig Terrill (Seattle Seahawks) and Brandon Villarreal (New Orleans Saints), and linebackers Cliff Avril (Detroit Lions), George Hall (Minnesota Vikings), Anthony Heygood (Carolina Panthers) and Stanford Keglar (Tennessee Titans).
He had an instant impact on special teams as well. The Boilermakers went from 109th in the nation in kickoff returns in 2002 (17.5 average) to sixth in 2004 (24.9). They ranked second nationally in kickoff return coverage in both 2006 (14.6) and 2007 (17.1). Kicker Ben Jones tied the Big Ten season record with 25 field goals in 2003. From 2003-08, Purdue blocked 19 kicks (10 field goals, eight punts and one extra point) and scored eight special teams touchdowns (five kickoff returns, two blocked punts and one punt return).
Hagen, who was the defensive tackles coach at Northern Illinois from 1996-99, graduated from Indiana with a B.S. in marketing in 1991. He earned an M.S. in sport marketing and management from Indiana in 1995.
Hagen and his wife, Denise, have four daughters, Abby (13), Emma (9), Ellie (6) and Ava (1).
At Utah State, Raymond coached cornerback Curtis Marsh, a 2010 second team All-WAC selection. Marsh was selected to play in the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, and he ranked second in the WAC and sixth in the FBS in passes defended with 1.25 per game with 15 total on 13 pass breakups and two interceptions.
During his tenure at LSU, the Tigers went 3-0 in bowl games with victories in the 2007 Sugar Bowl, the 2008 BCS National Championship Game and the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl. He was a four-year starter at cornerback for LSU and played in the 1987 Gator Bowl and the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl.
After his playing career with the Tigers, Raymond moved on to the NFL with the New York Giants from 1992-95 and the Detroit Lions from 1995-98. For his career, he played in 90 games, registering 279 tackles, as well as snaring 11 interceptions, including one for a touchdown. Raymond also had three sacks and one fumble return.
Raymond began his coaching career in 2003 at New Iberia (La.) High School as secondary coach before becoming defensive coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach at Westgate High School in his hometown of New Iberia.
His coaching accolades also include a 2007 internship with the Minnesota Vikings, part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Internship Program. Raymond was in the personal business sector from 1999-02.
Raymond earned his bachelor's degree from LSU in liberal arts in 1992. He has four children, Cody (22), Ariel (19), Chris (13) and Madison (3).
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