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Indiana football taps Chad Wilt as new defensive coordinator

<p>Junior quarterback Jack Tuttle gathers the offense against Michigan State on Oct. 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium. Indiana announced Chad Wilt as the team&#x27;s new defensive coordinator Friday.</p>

Junior quarterback Jack Tuttle gathers the offense against Michigan State on Oct. 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium. Indiana announced Chad Wilt as the team's new defensive coordinator Friday.

Indiana football announced Chad Wilt will become its new defensive coordinator, according to an official press release Friday. Wilt most recently coached the defensive line at Minnesota. 

"I am excited to add Chad to our staff," head coach Tom Allen said in the release. "I have known Chad for a long time, and he is a man of high character who brings a wealth of experience to our defense."

Wilt’s hiring comes after his predecessor, Charlton Warren, left for a position at the University of North Carolina on Saturday. During his playing career, Wilt was a defensive end at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

"Indiana University is a special place and Tom Allen is one of the best men in this profession," Wilt said in the release. "Being from this state, when Coach Allen called it was an opportunity I simply couldn't pass up. My family and I are eager to get settled in Bloomington.” 

Prior to coaching at Minnesota, Wilt worked with the defensive lines at the University of Cincinnati, The United States Military Academy West Point, Maryland, Ball State University and others. 

Wilt coached Yannick Ngakoue at Maryland, who had a team-leading 13.5 sacks in 2015. Ngakoue was named first-team All-Big Ten and was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft.

“Our defense will be aggressive and fly around like its hair is on fire,” Wilt said. “These young men will play with passion for each other and for IU."

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