Teegardin to be named new IU safeties coach

In an offseason of staffing adjustments, Indiana coach Tom Allen has made his latest move.

Kasey Teegardin will be named IU’s new safeties coach, a source confirmed to The Herald-Times on Tuesday. Teegardin replaces Noah Joseph, who left earlier this month to become Rutgers’ co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Teegardin knows Bloomington well, having spent the 2014 through 2016 seasons as IU’s defensive graduate assistant. Last season, Teegardin served as Indiana’s director of on-campus recruiting. He was recently named defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Teegardin originally came to Indiana after spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons as Valparaiso’s special teams coordinator and linebackers coach. He previously coached the secondary at Northwood University in 2011 and was the youngest defensive coordinator in the NCAA when he was hired at the University of Charleston in 2010 at the age of 24.

Teegardin’s hiring was first reported by the Indiana Daily Student.

The hiring of Teegardin is the latest staffing move Indiana has made this offseason. Last month, Allen brought aboard former Hoosier fullback David Ballou as IU’s new director of athletic performance after parting ways with former strength and conditioning coach Keith Caton in December.

Also in January, Allen moved linebackers coach William Inge to the newly-created special teams coordinator position and hired former South Alabama defensive coordinator Kane Wommack as IU’s new linebackers coach.

Indiana begins spring practice on Saturday.

21 comments

  1. He is someone coach Allen knows and worked with. He looks to be an up and coming coach based on his responsibilities before being named the IU safeties coach. Many young coaches are looking for a chance to show what they can do and we will see how succesful Teegardin can be; clearly coach Allen sees something in his coaching.

  2. Gotta like the pedigree. Obviously that is what led Wilson to bring him on board in the 1st place. That’s what counts most is 2 HC’s have strong feelings about his potential and he is already in the fold.

  3. I trust Tom Allen’s judgement about defensive coaches, but I wonder if Allen’s hiring choices have as much to do with his compensation budget than it does with the candidates qualifications and experience? I read this tory and asked myself, would Teegardin be a candidate for a similar coaching job at any other Big Ten Football program? I have no idea what the answer is, but as talented as he may be, his level of experience at this level of college football is thin. I’m guessing Allen places more value on Teegardin’s attributes than on his experience. The fact that Wilson brought him on board in the past is irrelevant, other than he’s familiar with IU and Bloomington and appears not to have a problem living there. Wilson struggles to spell the word defense let alone being able to identify quality defensive coaches. Wilson hiring Allen to be IU’s defensive coordinator was like a blind squirrel finding an acorn. Allen’s evaluation of Teegardin is far more meaningful. I hope he can recruit!

  4. Yup Inge, Joseph, Shelby, Hagen, all chump change. I get it now.
    Teegardin was the youngest DC ever in NCAA history. Yup just another chump in a line of chumps! Another ‘no class’ post that simply mirrors the incessant shouter.

    1. I like the hire. He has an impressive resume for such a young man so he obviously has good communication skills or he wouldn’t have gotten those gigs..

      He probably won’t be in Bloomington for a long time but that’s how it goes with bright young coaches. Unless he moves up the ranks within the staff.

  5. I appreciate the optimism in spite of 10 consecutive losing seasons and IU’s continuous revolving door for Assistant coaches. I wonder if these men buy homes or just rent when they get to Bloomington? There’s no data quantifying Assistant Coaching turnover for FBS schools, but I have to believe that IU’s assistant coaching turnover rate over the last eight years is near the top of all Power Five Conference programs. Ironically, IU has experienced far less head coaching turnover in those eight years than most other FBS programs.

    HC, you seem to have high regard for all of IU’s Defensive coaches but express utter contempt for IU’s Offensive coaches. What’s up with that? Weren’t they all hired by Tom Allen?

    I was reading a story about Northwestern and how Pat Fitzgerald values tenure amongst his assistant coaches. In eight years from 2008 to 2016, Northwestern had one assistant coach leave the team, and that was Kevin Johns, who left NW to become IU’s offensive coordinator. John’s replacement has been at NW for nine seasons. On the other hand, Wisconsin’s head coaching and assistant coaching turnover has been extremely high over the last decade, but they haven’t had a losing season during that period.

  6. …and Teegardin is entering his 5th season at IU…of course that says nothing about Inge, Joseph, Shelby and Hagen all being chumps hired by Wilson…

  7. Early last season there was chatter in the Chgo. sports pages, after NU got clobbered by Duke, that Fitzgerald simply had to, had to, change his assistants ’cause the whole bunch had been there so long. Good thing Fitz doesn’t pay attention to the papers; NU finished 10-3 last year. I wonder if NUFB assistants stick around ’cause the pressure to win in Evanston is so low. It can’t be that they don’t get offers from other programs. A lateral move to a higher-reputation program might look attractive at first to a lot of assistants, but maybe the bunch at NU realizes the grass is not always greener in pressure-cookers such as Columbus, S. Bend, or Austin.

  8. Davis, very good points about NU and I doubt coaches hired by coach Allen leave on yearly basis. Coaches hired by him believe in his approach to coaching. I think coach Allen inspires loyal coaches just as coach Fitzgerald does but I could be wrong about one or two leaving.

  9. I noticed that Po and some others have expressed concern about the revolving assistant coach door in the football program. I have two reasons that maybe we should not be so worried about the current turnover levels. The first is staff turnover is not unusual, especially if you are doing something very well in a given area. The one bright spot in the IU football program has been defense. Loosing defensive coaches does not surprise me and may be a good sign of doing something right. A prime example of such is the constant turnover of assistants under Nick Saban at Alabama.

    Second reason is not all turnover is a bad thing, especially if the assistant may not be at the level the head coach may desire. Nothing will tank a program faster than a head coach who cannot make needed personnel changes. Best example I can give is right close to home with one of the better IU coaches in Bill Mallory. As success began to build his top assistants were poached by other programs, but their replacements were not of the same level. Problem was he let his loyalty to the new staffers override the personnel decisions needed to maintain success.

    As a side note, lack of Hoosiernation support didn’t help Coach Mallory either. Especially in terms of forking over the need cash to keep everyone in the fold.

  10. No problem with hire, just nuetral. Hahaha. IU is hardly Alabama. IU is not even Northwestern. If IU was maintaining almost all their assistants the post would be all about stability of program. Whether assistant coach turnover or no turnover IU football 6-7, 6-7, 5-6 over last 3 years and that has been as good as it gets up to the 2018 season. We will see what fall 2018 will bring and know what win loss record some time during the holidays.

    1. t,
      I am not saying IU is Alabama, I am saying the defensive turnaround does catch the attention of other programs. If an assistant is part of a defense which went from near the bottom to respectability, the assistant’s services will be in demand. W&L’s have no bearing on that, if it were so Wilson wouldn’t be at OSU.

  11. Rutgers at best was lateral move from IU in this particular case. If assistants are in a very big demand that would mean you are having success on defense or offense or both, which does have a bearing on w and L’s.

  12. t reiterates a good point. IU tends to lose assistant coaches to lateral moves. You can understand losing an assistant coach who moves because the new job is career advancement (i.e., a promotion). You can even understand when a coach moves because a power program (i.e., Michigan) doubles his compensation. But to make a lateral move to a worse program (Rutgers) should raise questions. And Iu has lost a lot of assistant coaches to those types of lateral transfers.

  13. I dunno, maybe it’s a promotion, or maybe Joseph didn’t learn too much; the co-defensive coordinator thing didn’t work out so well during the first several years of KW’s time.

  14. I’m not so sure Joseph’s move is an indicator in which we should be concerned. Remember this is not your standard move. Joseph has a long standing relationship with the HC and appears his move was due to friendship. Not necessarily a career advancement. If so, you had to lose high character coaches as this. Not many will place friendship over career.

  15. I wish coach Joseph well in his move but I am not worried about losing him as it is just part of college football. Assistant coaches look to move up as they gain experience so I don’t think it is a big blow to IUFB. IU has big shoes to fill on defense in 2018 and I hope as the season goes along they show the defense hasn’t dropped off as a result of the new starters.

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