ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie has announced that inside linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove has been promoted to defensive coordinator.
Third-year assistant coach Archie McDaniel will move from the defensive line to outside linebackers, a position he played during his college career at Texas A&M. The Lobos also have hired two new defensive coaches. Barry Sacks, who worked for the University of California last season after 11 years at Nevada, will coach the defensive line, and Prairie View A&M defensive coordinator and former Texas A&M and TCU assistant Charles McMillian will coach defensive backs.
“We’re fortunate to have a coach on our staff in coach Cosgrove who not only has extensive experience as a defensive coordinator but who has worked directly with the current players in our program,” Davie said. “Kevin and I share similar views on our defensive philosophy, and I’m confident he can produce a unit that can help us continue to grow the program as we move forward.”
Cosgrove will begin his 33rd year in collegiate coaching in 2014 and has served as a defensive coordinator for 17 years with tours at Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Akron at Southeast Missouri State.
Cosgrove, entering his third year with the Lobos, has 25 years’ experience in the Big Ten. As defensive coordinator at Nebraska in 2004, Cosgrove’s Huskers led the nation in sacks (50) and tackles for loss 124) and ranked 11th in rushing defense. While at Wisconsin from 1990-2003, Cosgrove coached Badgers teams that won three Big Ten Titles, won three Rose Bowls and had a 7-2 record in bowl games.
McDaniel will switch from the line to outside linebackers in 2014. Last season, McDaniel coached All-MW honorable mention defensive end Brett Bowers, and in 2012 he coached All-MW honorable mention defensive end Jacori Greer.
Sacks comes to UNM with a total of 34 seasons in the coaching profession under his belt – 27 in the collegiate ranks. He is reunited with Lobo wide receivers coach Scott Baumgartner. The two worked together for nine years at Nevada and helped the Wolf Pack advance to eight consecutive bowl games from 2005-12.
Sacks coached the most decorated defensive player on the team during his single campaign at Cal in senior defensive tackle Deandre Coleman. Under Sacks’ guidance, Coleman earned a Phil Steele third-team All-Pac-12 honor and has accepted invitations to play in both the Reese’s Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. Dontay Moch, one of the top pass rushers in Nevada history and a current member of the Arizona Cardinals, also is a former protégé of Sacks.
McMillian brings with him a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball as a former assistant in the Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West and Conference USA.
During his time at TCU from 2004-07, the last three Horned Frogs defenses McMillian coached finished in the top 15 or better in scoring defense. The 2006 TCU defense finished No. 2 in the country in total defense, surrendering 234.92 yards per game, and No. 3 in scoring defense (12.3 points allowed per game. TCU won the Mountain West in 2005 and went to three straight bowl games from 2005-07, compiling a 30-8 record during that span.
At Texas A&M, McMillian had two defensive backs drafted by NFL teams in current New Orleans Saints Jordan Pugh (Carolina Panthers, 2010, sixth round) and Terrence Frederick (Pittsburgh Steelers, 2012, seventh round).