Tim DeRuyter (pronounced da-ROOT-er) enters his first season as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Texas A&M football team.
"I am very excited to announce that we have hired Tim DeRuyter as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Aggies," head coach Mike Sherman said. "After an extensive process, it became very apparent that Tim is the right fit for Texas A&M. He would not leave the Air Force Academy except for a special place. He has a great appreciation for the history, the traditions and the values of Texas A&M.
"I like his aggressive, attacking style of defense," Sherman explained. "He has a great history of success and has shown great ability to teach and to lead young men."
DeRuyter served the previous three years as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at the Air Force Academy. DeRuyter added the title of associate coach in 2008 and 2009 at the Colorado Springs campus. This past season, the Falcon defense finished 11th in the NCAA in total defense allowing 288.31 yards per game. The Air Force pass defense was ranked 5th in the country allowing only 154.31 yards per game while the scoring defense was 10th in the land. The air defense intercepted 20 passes to rank 7th in the country and the overall defense caused 34 total turnovers to ranked 5th in the country. The stingy defense also allowed only 14.62 first downs per game to rank 4th in the NCAA statistics. The Falcon defense was 13th in the NCAA in third-down efficiency allowing teams to convert only 30.86 percent of the time.
"My family and I are excited about the move to Texas A&M," DeRuyter said. "Of course, we have mixed emotions since I am a graduate and we have spent so much time in a special place like the Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs.
"This is a great opportunity for me," DeRuyter explained. "I tried hard to find a chink in the armor in something related to Texas A&M or Coach Sherman, but I could not find it. The football program and coaches, the academics, the community and everything is first class and we are excited to join Coach Sherman's staff."
"As a defensive player at Air Force and being a defensive coach," DeRuyter explained, "I have tried to emulate the `Wrecking Crew' style that R.C. Slocum had in place at (Texas) A&M. As a defense, we like to dictate to the offense and put them back on their heels. I was fortunate to be coaching at (the University of) Ohio. My old position coach was Chan Gailey who was on the staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers and he introduced me to Dick LeBeau. He was gracious enough to meet with me and to open up his film. He gave a clinic on his attacking style of defense and I was able to go back to the Steelers' training camp on several occasions."
In his most recent bowl game with Air Force, the Falcons defeated Houston, 47-20, while the defense held the nation's top-ranked offensive attack of the Cougars to a season-low 222 yards passing and picked off six passes. Air Force held UH without a touchdown for the first half of the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
Overall, DeRuyter has served 19 years as a collegiate coach and has worked with teams reaching bowl games six times. He has experience with both the 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes while relying on pressure, attack-style philosophies with multiple defensive looks.
DeRuyter's last three stops as defensive coordinator have seen quite an improvement by the respective defenses. The Ohio defense was ranked 99th in the country in 2001 before DeRuyter arrived and the final season at Ohio (2004) the defensive unit was ranked 22nd in the land. At Nevada, the Wolf Pack defense was ranked 79th in 2004 and DeRuyter's final season (2006) the defense was ranked 48th in the NCAA. At the Air Force Academy, the defense was ranked 78th in the country in 2006 and this past season (2009) the Falcon defense was ranked 11th overall.
Born Jan. 3, 1963 in Long Beach, California, DeRuyter attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower and graduated in 1981. DeRuyter was accepted to the Air Force Academy and was a three-year letterman for the Falcon defense as an outside linebacker and helped the squad to three straight bowl victories. He earned a bachelor's degree in management from Air Force in 1985 and received an MBA in market strategy from Regis University in Denver in 1992.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1985, DeRuyter served 7 ½ years of active duty in the Air Force. DeRuyter returned to Colorado Springs from 1991-94 serving as a full-time military coach assisting with the junior varsity squad as well as being a varsity assistant coach.
DeRuyter spent two tours with Ohio University serving as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach from 1995-98 and then again from 2002-04. He served time at the Naval Academy from 1999-2001 as the secondary coach. After his last stop at Ohio, DeRuyter served as the co-defensive coordinator at Nevada from 2005-06. He worked with the safeties and directed the pass defense along with assistant coach Barry Sacks.
DeRuyter and his wife, Kara, have a son, Jake, and a daughter, Christina.
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