The Akron Zips finished 106th in rushing offense during the 2014 season. The program should receive a boost in its ground attack due to the team’s latest addition.
The team announced the hire of former Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk Thursday. Funk will serve as the Zips’ offensive line coach and offensive run game coordinator.
“I am extremely excited to have Darrell join our staff here at the University of Akron,” Akron head coach Terry Bowden said in a statement. “He is one of the top offensive line coaches in the country and will add a wealth of experience to our staff. Just as importantly, Darrell is a man of high character, and he will fit in nicely with the family atmosphere that we believe in here at Akron.”
Funk added, “I’m excited for the opportunity to join Coach Bowden and the staff at Akron. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
The offensive line coach served on Brady Hoke‘s staffs at Ball State, San Diego State and Michigan. During his time with the Wolverines, Funk coached a Rimington Trophy winner (David Molk), a two-time All-American (Taylor Lewan) and a First Team All-Big Ten performer (Patrick Omameh).
Akron offensive coordinator A.J. Milwee will now receive help from Funk in creating the team’s offensive game plan each week.
(Picture courtesy of Michigan athletic department)