Bill Teerlinck promoted to co-defensive coordinator
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. Since then, Nevada’s defensive line has been one of the team’s strengths and deepest positions as Teerlinck has coached four all-conference honorees while helping Nevada lower its points allowed per game margin for the second-consecutive season.
In 2016, Teerlinck will lead a young but talented defensive line highlighted by returning starter Salesa Faraimo at nose guard and Patrick Choudja, a sophomore defensive end who has appeared in all 26 games over the last two seasons. Sophomores Malik Reed, Korey Rush and Jarid Joseph serve as cornerstones for Teerlinck and the defensive line as the trio will see upticks in playing time. Reed and Rush, who played behind a veteran offensive line as freshmen, combined for 31 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss in 2015 while Joseph showed flashes of quality production in his rookie campaign.
For the second-consecutive season, Teerlinck coached multiple student-athletes that earned postseason conference accolades. Senior Ian Seau landed on the 2015 All-Mountain West first team after leading the conference with 10.0 total sacks while classmate Lenny Jones finished eighth with 7.0 sacks to earn second team honors.
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.
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