Mark Hagen, Corey Raymond hired as defensive assistants

Purdue linebackers coach Mark Hagen and Utah State cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond have been hired as defensive assistant coaches on new Indiana coach Kevin Wilson’s staff, according to a university release.

Hagen will handle defensive tackles and special teams, while Raymond will coach the cornerbacks. Former New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler were named defensive co-coordinators earlier this week.

Both of the newest assistants have connections to other members of the staff. Hagen, a Carmel native, was an Indiana linebacker from 1987-1991 under Mallory’s father Bill while Doug was a graduate assistant on the staff. Raymond, who spent seven years in the NFL as a cornerback, worked with Mallory (2006-08) and Ekeler (2006-07) at Louisiana State, where Raymond was the strength and conditioning coach and also worked with cornerbacks.

With Hagen coaching defensive tackles and not ends, it appears likely the Hoosiers will name one more coach to the defensive staff.

Indiana’s release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Mark Hagen and Corey Raymond will join the Indiana defensive staff, IU Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson announced Wednesday. Hagen will coach the defensive tackles and serve as special teams coordinator, while Raymond will coach the cornerbacks. Wilson announced Monday that Doug Mallory (safeties) and Mike Ekeler (linebackers) will serve as the Hoosiers’ co-defensive coordinators.

Hagen returns to his alma mater after 11 seasons as an assistant at Purdue. The Carmel, Ind., native was a four-year letterwinner, two-time second team All-Big Ten selection, three-time Academic All-Big Ten winner and a captain at linebacker for the Hoosiers from 1987-91. He also served as a graduate and administrative assistant at IU from 1992-95, and he was a part of five bowl games, including the 1991 Copper Bowl, where he was named the bowl’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.

“I have known Mark since my days at Northwestern and competing against his defensive fronts,” Wilson said. “His track record certainly speaks for itself. Mark has developed a number of NFL players, his defensive linemen have always been excellent, and he has great experience with special teams. As a former IU captain and All-Big Ten linebacker, it is great to have Mark and his family back in Bloomington and a part of the Hoosier Nation.”

Mallory was a graduate assistant during Hagen’s sophomore season in 1988, and Hagen worked with Mallory in 1994 and 1995. Hagen also played for and coached with Mallory’s father and IU’s all-time winningest coach, Bill. He is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends.

“I am really excited for the opportunity to come home,” Hagen said. “Coach Wilson is in the process of putting a great staff together. There is a lot of talent in place and the opportunity to come back to IU is a unique one that my wife and I are really looking forward to. I certainly have a lot of great memories from my time as a player and working with Coach (Bill) Mallory. One other highlight is the opportunity to work with Doug Mallory, who is like a brother to me. I think it is going to be a real special situation and we are ready to get started.”

Raymond, who played seven years in the NFL, spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Utah State. He worked with the cornerbacks and the strength and conditioning program the previous three years at his alma mater, LSU.

“Corey came highly recommended by Doug Mallory, Mike Ekeler, (Nebraska Head Coach) Bo Pelini and (Utah State Head Coach) Gary Andersen,” Wilson said. “He was an excellent college player and he spent seven seasons in the NFL. Corey’s off to a great start in his college coaching career and is one of the great defensive backfield technicians in the country. We are excited with the qualities he brings to our defensive staff and welcome him to our team.”

Raymond worked with Mallory (2006-08) and Ekeler (2006-07) at LSU, and he is excited to rejoin his former colleagues.

“I look forward to working with Coach Wilson and getting the opportunity to work with Coach Mallory and Coach Ekeler once again,” Raymond said. “We are ready to build a program that will compete week in and week out in the Big Ten. This is an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get going.”

Hagen coached the Purdue linebackers in 2006-07 and 2009-10, after working with the defensive tackles from 2000-05 and again in 2008. He served as special teams coordinator from 2003-08 and as assistant head coach under Joe Tiller from 2005-08. Hagen was named one of the Big Ten’s top recruiters in February of 2010 and was named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters in 2005 by Rivals.com.

From 2000-04, the Boilermakers ranked third, third, fourth, third and second in the Big Ten in rushing defense, yielding 149.8, 126.9, 116.2, 96.4 and 105.3 yards per game. They were 46th in the nation in 2000, 34th in 2001, 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003 and 14th in 2004.

Hagen has coached 10 players who went on to the NFL: defensive tackles Ryan Baker (Miami Dolphins), Alex Magee (Kansas City Chiefs), Matt Mitrione (New York Giants), Mike Neal (Green Bay Packers), Craig Terrill (Seattle Seahawks) and Brandon Villarreal (New Orleans Saints), and linebackers Cliff Avril (Detroit Lions), George Hall (Minnesota Vikings), Anthony Heygood (Carolina Panthers) and Stanford Keglar (Tennessee Titans).

He had an instant impact on special teams as well. The Boilermakers went from 109th in the nation in kickoff returns in 2002 (17.5 average) to sixth in 2004 (24.9). They ranked second nationally in kickoff return coverage in both 2006 (14.6) and 2007 (17.1). Kicker Ben Jones tied the Big Ten season record with 25 field goals in 2003. From 2003-08, Purdue blocked 19 kicks (10 field goals, eight punts and one extra point) and scored eight special teams touchdowns (five kickoff returns, two blocked punts and one punt return).

Hagen, who was the defensive tackles coach at Northern Illinois from 1996-99, graduated from Indiana with a B.S. in marketing in 1991. He earned an M.S. in sport marketing and management from Indiana in 1995.

Hagen and his wife, Denise, have four daughters, Abby (13), Emma (9), Ellie (6) and Ava (1).

At Utah State, Raymond coached cornerback Curtis Marsh, a 2010 second team All-WAC selection. Marsh was selected to play in the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, and he ranked second in the WAC and sixth in the FBS in passes defended with 1.25 per game with 15 total on 13 pass breakups and two interceptions.

During his tenure at LSU, the Tigers went 3-0 in bowl games with victories in the 2007 Sugar Bowl, the 2008 BCS National Championship Game and the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl. He was a four-year starter at cornerback for LSU and played in the 1987 Gator Bowl and the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl.

After his playing career with the Tigers, Raymond moved on to the NFL with the New York Giants from 1992-95 and the Detroit Lions from 1995-98. For his career, he played in 90 games, registering 279 tackles, as well as snaring 11 interceptions, including one for a touchdown. Raymond also had three sacks and one fumble return.

Raymond began his coaching career in 2003 at New Iberia (La.) High School as secondary coach before becoming defensive coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach at Westgate High School in his hometown of New Iberia.

His coaching accolades also include a 2007 internship with the Minnesota Vikings, part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching Internship Program. Raymond was in the personal business sector from 1999-02.

Raymond earned his bachelor’s degree from LSU in liberal arts in 1992. He has four children, Cody (22), Ariel (19), Chris (13) and Madison (3).

8 comments

  1. Absolutely terrific!!! The gifted players will actually have a coaching staff that is once again respectable!! Kudos Coach Wilson!!!

  2. don’t know much about these guys really… will study up. Anytime you can pull someone from another big 10 school and rival after 10 years is huge.

    Eric, we have EWB and Kiel for 3 years…

  3. Looks like Coach Wilson is bringing in some very credible coaches to the staff. Always nice to steal a guy from Purdue, but I mean he’s an IU alum, so that’s not terribly surprising.

    I think the quick stability he’s established on defense is going to really help us out with our recruits. Nice work, Coach.

    Is Kiel any good? His limited time hasn’t impressed me. EWB is exciting, but his accuracy seemed to be a little less than stellar. Can the frosh compete with them?

  4. Smitty, I watched these guys rep a lot from the hill during many practices. Kiel was listed as 2nd string but EWB impressed me the most…he is big and can move and was accurate over the middle and most out routes but had trouble with the deep ball. Kiel is similar and can move well, maybe better but does not have as strong an arm. EWB is a lefty and I just have fun watching him. While Chap made pretty good decisions and was somewhat accurate, he had concrete feet…EWB and Kiel can both move and are shifty. I am excited about both of them. I will admit Kiel did not impress until that final game he played I saw glimpses. You cannot go wrong with either…those 2 are as good as we have had in a while at IU together.

  5. As an IU grad in 1995, I haven’t seen a great football team from IU in a long time. I am very hopeful that we can have a competitive team and see a bowl game in 2011. While I know the talent is there, I still have reservations about EWB.. Trust me, I think we are on the right road with this coaching change and wouldn’t be disappointed if EWB could improve his accuracy a bit. While his playing time was limited, I always got a nervous feeling every time he had the ball. Personally, he didn’t show me much, but I am optimistic that something will work. I was really hoping for Daniel Armonze out of Avon, Indiana but his interest level was low. I’m looking forward to the 2011 season and what it has in store. Very optimistic about the season overall.

  6. Jimmy; you beat me to it. I’ve never seen him play, but I’ve heard Tre Robertson has great potential. I suspect IU is going to need someone that can function out of the pocket and run from time to time. Tre can definite move. It’s going to be a while before IU’s O-line can protect a QB that is limited to the pocket. But this matter is where I really have faith in Wilson. His success with offenses is beyond question.

    On the original topic, I like that Raymond has significant time in the NFL. That is outstanding experience and credibility.

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