There’s been a minor change to Minnesota’s coaching staff.

Defensive backs coach Mo Linguist was named the assistant head coach of the Gophers on Thursday morning, Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press reported. Linguist reportedly was a big reason for Minnesota’s recruiting success in the South.

Linguist’s coaching career began in 2007 when he was a graduate assistant at Baylor, his alma mater. From there, he had stops at James Madison, Buffalo, Iowa State and Mississippi State before landing at Minnesota in January 2017. He’s served as a defensive backs coach or a safeties coach throughout his career.

He was also the defensive passing game coordinator at Buffalo and Iowa State.

Linguist was a safety at Baylor from 2003 through 2006. The promotion is the first time he’s held the assistant head coach title, according to