San Diego State's Brady Hoke retiring after season

League: NCAA Football

Posted on: 13 Nov, 2023 at 03:28 PM

Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego State football coach Brady Hoke announced Monday he will retire at the end of the season.

Hoke, 65, is in his 17th season as a head coach with previous stops at Michigan, Tennessee and Ball State.

He is in his second tenure at San Diego State, having coached the Aztecs from 2009-10 before returning in 2020.

Hoke is 39-31 with SDSU and 104-91 overall with seven bowl game appearances (3-4 record).

"I am proud of what we accomplished at San Diego State," Hoke said in a news release. "I am grateful to all the great student-athletes I've had the chance to work with, molding them into men, husbands, fathers and pillars in the community. I will always cherish my time leading this program. I'd also like to thank the wonderful staff I've worked with and wish them the best in the future."

The Aztecs are 3-7 this season (1-5 Mountain West) with games remaining at San Jose State on Saturday and at home against Fresno State on Nov. 25.

"I am very appreciative for the work Brady Hoke has done with our football program at San Diego State both on and off the field," athletic director John David Wicker said. "Brady set the standard in 2009 when he first arrived on The Mesa that we now hold ourselves too. However, it's more than wins and losses. Brady created a culture, led our program thru COVID, played two entire seasons in Carson, including a 12-win campaign, and takes seriously the development of young men off the field as well as on. I wish Kelly, Laura and Brady a happy retirement!"

After leading San Diego State to a 9-4 record and a Poinsettia Bowl win in 2010, Hoke was hired to replace Rich Rodriguez at Michigan. He guided the Wolverines to an 11-2 record in 2011, including a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. He was fired after a 5-7 season in 2014, finishing 31-20 at Michigan.

In 2017, he served as interim coach at Tennessee for the last two games after Butch Jones was fired.

Hoke spent one season as an assistant in the NFL, coaching the defensive line for the Carolina Panthers in 2018.

Hoke earned conference Coach of the Year honors in three different leagues: Mid-American (2008), Big Ten (2011) and Mountain West (2010, 2021).

San Diego State set a school record with 12 wins in 2021, including a victory in the Frisco Bowl. The Aztecs were No. 25 in the final Associated Press poll that season.

--Field Level Media