DeRuyter Adds Two to Staff as Spring Ball Opens

Feb. 25, 2013

By Jason Clay

Post-Practice Interviews
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Quarterback Derek Carr
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team opened up spring football on Monday morning with a two-hour practice in Bulldog Stadium and head coach Tim DeRuyter had two new members of his coaching staff join the team.

David Brown has been hired as Fresno State's new secondary coach and Mike McHugh has been hired as the Bulldogs' coordinator of football operations.

Brown comes to the Valley after spending the last three seasons as head coach at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo. Brown led S&T to a 19-14 record, which included a 10-1 record in 2012 and a No. 24 national ranking to end the season. The 10 wins posted by the Miners in 2012 tied for the most in school history and it was the first time since 1980 S&T finished a season nationally ranked.

"We're really excited to get David Brown out here from Missouri Science and Technology," DeRuyter said. "He's a guy with an extremely impressive background, played at Cal Poly, coached there and is very, very bright. He's originally from Los Angeles and is going to help us in recruiting.

"He's really majored in pressure packages over the years, which really dovetails nicely into what we do here. He's coached on staff with coach [Pete] Germano before and I just had a great feel for him when he came out here on the interview. I can't wait for him to get our guys coached up and for our players to get to know him."

McHugh spent the past 10 seasons serving as the Director of Football Operations at Cal. There he was responsible for building and maintaining the programs $5.5 million operating budget and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Cal football program.

As for the first practice of spring football, DeRuyter noted just how far ahead the team is this year compared to last season when it was his staff's first year with the program.

Last year the team wasn't nearly in the shape they needed to be, having only a couple weeks working with strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese, to run the new systems that DeRuyter was installing. This year, the team has a full season under its belt and went through the complete winter workout regimen heading into spring ball.

"I think we're in pretty darn good shape," DeRuyter said. "Coach Boese has done a great job the last two weeks during our Red Dawn's in the morning and has got our guys to a pretty good point. We can always get better playing the game - it's a different type of shape than just going out and running. We got to continue to do more of that, but I think we are in a pretty good spot right now."

One key emphasis this spring will be filling the holes left by the departure of last year's graduating class. Coach Brown has one of the more vital positions to fill with the loss of strong safety Phillip Thomas, but DeRuyter feels good about the competition that will be going on this spring in the secondary.

"Each year you got to establish who you are," DeRuyter said. "We got three of our starters back, but nobody inherits a thing. We got a brand new set of eyes coming in to watch and evaluate and they've got to do a great job of making sure coach Brown knows who they are by the way they play.

"They will do that and coach Brown is going to bring some technique and things that he did pressure wise at other places to our package. I'm excited to see how that goes."

Fresno State is allowed 15 practices during the spring, which cumulates with The Real California Milk Spring Game on March 23 at noon in Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs will be back on the field on Wednesday for practice No. 2 of spring ball.

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