We knew the coaching fraternity was a small world, but the coach swap being played with Northern Illinois, Pitt and Wisconsin is getting pretty wild.
Not even a month after leaving Northern Illinois to be the running backs coach at Pitt under former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, former UW running back Eddie Faulkner has returned to Madison to be the Badgers’ tight ends coach. UW announced the hire, which completes Bret Bielema’s coaching staff after a high-turnover offseason, Monday afternoon.
“I’m excited to be able to bring Eddie back to Madison,” Bielema said. “It’s always special to be able to hire a former letterwinner. In addition to coaching our tight ends, Eddie brings great experience coaching special teams and has tremendous talents as a recruiter. He’s obviously worked with Matt and he is highly-respected among the coaches on our staff.”
Faulkner played at Wisconsin from 1996-2000 where he backed up Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.
So, to recap: Faulkner coached under Dave Doeren at NIU in 2011. Doeren was defensive coordinator for the Badgers in 2010 before taking over the head coach of the Huskies last year. Faulkner left NIU to join Chryst’s staff at Pitt in January, which contained a handful of other assistants from Wisconsin. Bielema, in addition to snatching Faulkner, also acquired Matt Canada as his new offensive coordinator from NIU earlier this month.
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