Indiana’s offense got a major upgrade late last week, as the school announced that Kalen DeBoer would be taking over as the offensive coordinator for the Hoosiers. Though the process took a little longer than expected, the patient approach paid off.
Monday, Indiana officially welcomed DeBoer to the program, and head coach Tom Allen was elated to bring a successful name to Bloomington.
“Kalen DeBoer is a proven winner,” Allen said in a statement. “He has had great success as a head coach and coordinator at every stop and every level throughout his career. Kalen is an exceptional leader of young men and an experienced play-caller who has taken the offenses he has inherited to new heights.”
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) January 21, 2019
DeBoer spent the last two seasons at Fresno State, establishing the Bulldogs as one of the top offensive teams in the WAC. Fresno State finished the 2018 campaign 11-2 and averaged 34.6 points per game, ranking third in the conference.
The Bulldogs also averaged 421.5 yards per game, ranking fourth in the WAC.
Prior to his stint at Fresno State, DeBoer served as the offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan (2014-16) and Southern Illinois (2010-13). Before stepping into the FCS and FBS ranks, DeBoer was the head coach at NAIA program Sioux Falls. In five seasons, he compiled a 67-3 record, winning four national titles.
DeBoer replaces Mike DeBord, who was the offensive coordinator at Indiana from 2017-18. While the Hoosiers’ offense had some success over the last two seasons, it just didn’t come consistently enough to win big games. DeBord resigned in early January after a second straight 5-7 season.
Indiana’s offense ranked 10th in the B1G in scoring and ninth in rushing. It was third in passing offense and seventh in total offensive production.