Wolf Pack has won four of last five against Bulldogs
Tim DeRuyter (du-ROOT-ur) enters his second year as Nevada's co-defensive coordinator. He works with the Wolf Pack safeties and directs the pass defense along with Barry Sacks. Among his pupils is cornerback Joe Garcia, who earned first-team All-WAC honors in 2005.
Prior to coming to Nevada, DeRuyter spent three years at Ohio University, serving as defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He helped produce the 25th-ranked defense in the NCAA and the No. 2 defense in the Mid-American Conference in 2004. Prior to his stint in Athens, Ohio, he worked for three years at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also worked at the U.S. Air Force Academy for four years as a full-time, military coach and served there one year as a graduate assistant. He also worked at Ohio University from 1995-98 as defensive coordinator.
All told, DeRuyter has 16 years of coaching experience, all at the NCAA Division I-A level, and has coached in five bowl games. He has experience with both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes and in pressure, attack-style philosophies. DeRuyter's defenses have traditionally been ranked among the national leaders during his 15-year coaching career at three different I-A schools.
A 1985 graduate of the Air Force Academy with a bachelor of science in management, DeRuyter earned his M.B.A. in market strategy at Regis University in Denver in 1992. He was a three-year letterman as an outside linebacker, helping the Falcons to three bowl game victories during his playing career. DeRuyter attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., where he graduated in 1981.
Born Jan. 3, 1963, the 43-year-old DeRuyter and his wife, Kara, have a son, Jake, and a daughter, Christina.