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Thursday, December 17, 2009
FAU fires defensive coordinator

By Graham Watson

Florida Atlantic has fired defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza.

Hoza joined Florida Atlantic in 1999 and is the only defensive coordinator the program has ever had, but in the past couple of seasons the defense has fallen off. This year, Florida Atlantic ranked 112th nationally in total defense, allowing 453.17 yards per game. It ranked 106th in scoring with 33.75 points per game.

Assistant head coach and linebackers coach Kurt Van Valkenburgh, who also has been with the program since its inception, will take over as defensive coordinator.

FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger also announced that he has expanded the duties of Owls offensive coordinator Darryl Jackson to include coaching quarterbacks.

Jackson takes over for Jeff Brohm, who spent one season with the Owls before leaving for the same position at Illinois.

Jackson just finished his first season as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Jared Allen, who served as a graduate assistant this past season, will now coach wide receivers.