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Oregon introduces new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter

DeRuyter was previously the co-defensive coordinator at Cal.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 2:55 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2021 3:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon football officially introduced newly hired defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter on Monday.

DeRuyter will be taking over for former defensive coordinator Andy Avalos who left Oregon to become the head coach at Boise State.

"I'm really excited to be here in Eugene and work with Coach Cristobal and an outstanding staff," DeRuyter said. "To get this opportunity to be at one of the few places in the country that have an opportunity to not only win a conference championship but to play for a national championship, with the support of the administration, the community, the facilities, the ability to recruit those elite athletes, and the culture that coach Cristobal has created, I'm just really excited to be a part of it and looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level."

Prior to Eugene, DeRuyter had been on Cal's staff since 2017, serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and most recently co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach. 

DeRuyter says Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal was one of the reasons he wanted to come to Eugene.

"I really was impressed getting to know him," DeRuyter says.

Deruyter also worked with Oregon linebackers coach Ken Wilson and running backs coach Jim Mastro at Nevada in 2005-06.

DeRuyter is excited to work with the talented Ducks defense led by Pac-12 Championship Game MVP Kayvon Thibodeaux and Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year Noah Sewell.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of these guys lives where hopefully we get them lined up where we are playing as fast as we can possibly play," DeRuyter says. "I don't want to bog them down with a lot of terminology that they're having to worry about. We're going to have a simple system where we can let their athletic ability, their physicality and their ability to strike and separate the ball from the ball carriers come out."

DeRuyter led Cal's defense to 22nd in scoring in 2018 and 33rd in 2019. 

DeRuyter also served as Fresno State's head coach from 2012-16. 

He also spent time as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Air Force, Nevada, Ohio, and Navy over his career. 

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