Bill Teerlinck promoted to co-defensive coordinator
Co-Defensice Coordinator/Defensive Line
Chadron State ‘02
An energetic coach with experience at the college and NFL levels, Bill Teerlinck enters his third season at the University of Nevada’s as a co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Teerlinck joined the Wolf Pack on Jan. 25, 2013, after a five-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts.
Teerlinck spent his first season at Nevada as the defensive line coach before taking co-defensive coordinator responsibilities in 2014 while retaining his previous title. Nevada’s defensive line has been one of the team’s strengths and deepest positions in two seasons since then, as Teerlinck has coached four all-conference honorees while helping Nevada lower its points allowed per game margin in consecutive years.
In his second year with the Pack, Teerlinck coached one of the top defensive lines in the Mountain West. Three of Teerlinck’s four starters on the defensive front earned all-conference honors as Brock Hekking and Ian Seau were named to the All-MW second team and Rykeem Yates earned honorable mention honors. Teerlinck helped Hekking rank eighth in the nation among active players in career sacks before graduating and being selected as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers. Teerlinck also helped Seau rack up 8.5 sacks on the season, ranking second in the league.
As a team, the Pack tallied 28 sacks and ranked fifth in the league. Statistically, Nevada’s defense improved in scoring defense, rushing defense, sacks and tackles for loss thanks to stout play up front from its line. Teerlinck helped the Wolf Pack post a 7-6 record in 2014 and reach a bowl game for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons with a trip to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Despite the loss of Hekking, Teerlinck’s defensive line again looks to be among the class of the conference in 2015. Seniors Seau, Yates and Lenny Jones are pre-season honors candidates with strong returning experience. Teerlinck will also look to lead the emergence of potential stars Patrick Choudja, Malik Reed and Korey Rush.
Teerlinck coached one of the top defensive lineman in the league in his first season at Nevada, helping Brock Hekking earn 2013 first team All-Mountain West honors. Hekking posted 9.0 sacks on the season and ranked fourth in the league in sacks and tackles for loss.
Teerlinck came to Nevada after a five-year stint as a defensive assistant with the Indianapolis Colts. During his time there, Teerlinck worked with a defensive line that saw Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis each selected to four Pro Bowls. He also assisted the Colts with special teams.
Prior to his time with the Colts, Teerlinck worked for two seasons at Illinois State, coaching the defensive front and assisting with special teams.
Teerlinck played at Chadron State in Nebraska, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 2002.
Teerlinck's father, John, coached for more than 30 years in college football and the NFL, including more than 25 seasons in the pros. He won Super Bowl rings with Denver and Indianapolis.
The File on Bill Teerlinck
Born: July 23, 1978
Family: Wife - Melanie, Daughter - Aubree.
Education: Bachelor's, General Studies, Chadron State, 2002.
2014-Current: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line, Nevada
2013: Defensive Line, Nevada
2007-2011: Defensive Assistant, Indianapolis Colts
2005-2006: Defensive Line, Illinois State
Playing Experience: Chadron State
Recruiting Area: Sacramento/Northern California and Pacific Northwest.
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