Wednesday, December 22, 2010
IU adds Hagen, Raymond to defensive staff
By ESPN.com staff
Indiana added two more defensive assistants to its coaching staff Tuesday.
As previously reported, Mark Hagen will make the move from archrival Purdue to Indiana and will serve as Hoosiers' defensive tackles coach/special teams coordinator. Corey Raymond has been hired as Indiana's cornerbacks coach, the same position he held at Utah State the last two seasons.
Raymond previously worked with IU's co-defensive coordinators Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory at LSU. Hagen and Mallory have several connections, as Mallory served as a graduate assistant at Indiana while Hagen played for Mallory's father, Bill. The two men served on the Hoosiers' staff together in 1994-95. Hagen recruits the state and the region very well, so he's a strong addition to the Indiana staff after spending the past 11 seasons at Purdue.
Hagen most recently served as Purdue's linebackers coach but also worked with the Boilers' defensive tackles during his time there.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to come home,” Hagen said. “Coach [Kevin] 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.”
It looks like Indiana is forming a good team to tackle its biggest challenge: defense.
Hagen's departure from Purdue leaves a vacancy, as Danny Hope must look for a new linebackers coach.