Mike DeBord (born February 7, 1956) is an American football coach. He was previously the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), and was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Indiana University prior to joining the AAF.[1] DeBord was the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 2000 to 2003, compiling a record of 12–34. He worked as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for a total of 11 seasons, from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2004 to 2007. He was the offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines for five seasons (1997–1999, 2006–2007) including Michigan's 1997 campaign, in which the team won part of a national championship. DeBord has also worked as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL), with the Seattle Seahawks (2008–2009) and the Chicago Bears (2010–2012).

Mike DeBord
Biographical details
Born (1956-02-07) February 7, 1956 (age 64)
Muncie, Indiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1983Franklin (IN) (OL)
1984Fort Hays State (OL)
1985–1986Fort Hays State (OC/QB/WR)
1987–1988Eastern Illinois (OL)
1988–1989Ball State (OL)
1990–1991Colorado State (OL)
1992Northwestern (OL)
1993–1996Michigan (OL)
1997–1999Michigan (OC)
2000–2003Central Michigan
2004–2005Michigan (ST/RC)
2006–2007Michigan (OC/TE)
2008Seattle Seahawks (AOL)
2009Seattle Seahawks (TE)
2010–2012Chicago Bears (TE)
2015–2016Tennessee (OC/QB)
2017–2018Indiana (AHC/OC/TE)
2019San Diego Fleet (OC)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1997 The Sporting News' National Assistant Coach of the Year

Early playing and coaching careerEdit

DeBord graduated from Wes-Del High School in Delaware County, Indiana. He started for four years on the offensive line at Manchester College, receiving all-conference, all-district and honorable mention NAIA All-America honors during the 1977 season when he was captain. DeBord would later earn a master's degree from Ball State in 1981. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1995.[2]

In 1982, DeBord embarked on a coaching career that included stops at Franklin College, Fort Hays State University, Eastern Illinois University, Ball State University, Colorado State University and Northwestern University before joining the Michigan staff under head coach Gary Moeller. At Michigan, he served as offensive line coach from 1992 to 1996. In 1997, he was promoted to offensive coordinator. During DeBord's first year as offensive coordinator in 1997, Michigan won their first national championship since 1948. As the offensive coordinator at Michigan, DeBord posted a 52–11 regular season record and a post season record of 4–1.

Coaching careerEdit

Central MichiganEdit

DeBord was hired as the head football coach at Central Michigan by athletic director Herb Deromedi in 2000.[3] He would go on to post a 12–34 record, resigning after the 2003 season.[4] DeBord never won more than four games in a season in his time at Central Michigan.

Return to MichiganEdit

DeBord rejoined the Wolverines in 2004 as special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator, taking over the role filled by the retiring Bobby Morrison. DeBord served in that capacity for two seasons before succeeding Terry Malone as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach in 2006. Malone had previously replaced DeBord when DeBord took the head coaching job at Central Michigan in 2000.

DeBord was a candidate for the head coaching position at Michigan following the retirement of Lloyd Carr in 2007.[5] The job ultimately went to Rich Rodriguez, who fired all Michigan assistant coaches except running backs coach Fred Jackson.[6]


On March 5, 2008, the Seattle Seahawks announced that DeBord had been hired as the assistant offensive line coach. DeBord was promoted to tight end coach for the 2009 season.

On February 2, 2010, the Chicago Bears announced DeBord as their new tight ends coach, after coming to terms for the 2010 season.[7] DeBord was dismissed by new head coach Marc Trestman on January 17, 2013.[8]

Sports administrationEdit

On February 1, 2013, DeBord was hired by Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon to be the sports administrator for the school's Olympic sports teams. In this role he works with the field hockey, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's tennis programs.[9]

Offensive coordinator at TennesseeEdit

On February 5, 2015, DeBord was hired by Tennessee head coach Butch Jones as offensive coordinator, replacing Mike Bajakian, who left to become quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[10][11] Jones had previously worked under DeBord as an assistant coach at Central Michigan.[12] On January 3, 2017, it was announced that DeBord would be leaving Tennessee to become the offensive coordinator for Indiana.

Offensive coordinator at IndianaEdit

On January 4, 2017, Indiana head coach Tom Allen hired DeBord as offensive coordinator, replacing Kevin Johns, who departed the position for offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Western Michigan Broncos.[13] On December 30, 2018, DeBord announced his retirement from football.[14][15]

San Diego FleetEdit

In January 2019, San Diego Fleet offensive coordinator Jon Kitna departed the team to become quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys.[16] To take his place, the Fleet hired DeBord, reuniting him with Fleet head coach and former Bears colleague Mike Martz.[17]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference) (2000–2003)
2000 Central Michigan 2–9 2–6 6th (West)
2001 Central Michigan 3–8 2–6 5th (West)
2002 Central Michigan 4–8 2–6 5th (West)
2003 Central Michigan 3–9 1–7 7th (West)
Central Michigan: 12–34 7–25
Total: 12–34


  1. ^ Mike Griffith, "Mike DeBord Leaving Tennessee Coordinator Post After Record-Breaking Season," SEC Country, January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "DeBord Returning to Michigan to Serve as Sport Administrator - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Mgoblue.Com. February 1, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Central Michigan Life – First-year Head Coach Mike DeBord set to lead Chippewas". Cm-life.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Central Michigan Life – DeBord resigns as CMU football coach". Cm-life.com. December 17, 2003. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "LOOKING WITHIN: English interviews; DeBord meets with AD today | Detroit Free Press". freep.com. November 27, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rodriguez Announces Coaching and Support Staffs - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Mgoblue.Com. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.csnchicago.com/02/02/10/Bears-Name-Mike-DeBord-Tight-Ends-Coach/landing.html?blockID=173941&feedID=626[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 17, 2013). "Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "Michigan hires former football offensive coordinator Mike DeBord as a sport administrator". MLive.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  10. ^ http://allfortennessee.com/2015/02/05/report-vols-to-name-mike-debord-offensive-coordinator/
  11. ^ https://www.si.com/college-football/2015/02/02/mike-debord-tennessee-volunteers-offensive-coordinator
  12. ^ "Tennessee Names DeBord As New Vols Offensive Coordinator," Knoxville News Sentinel, February 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Tom Allen Hires Mike DeBord And Grant Heard, Retains Shawn Watson". indiana.rivals.com. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "DeBord Announces Retirement". IUHoosiers.com. December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "IU offensive coordinator Mike DeBord announces retirement". 247Sports.com. December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Cowboys to hire Jon Kitna as quarterbacks coach". ESPN. January 20, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  17. ^ Toppmeyer, Blake (January 25, 2019). "Why former UT Vols coordinator Mike DeBord joined an AAF coaching staff". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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