Dave Doeren, is in his fourth year as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Kansas. The Shawnee Mission, Kan., native was promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator in the summer of 2005 and will serve his first season in that capacity this fall.
In February, Doeren engineered the signings of KU's highest-rated recruited class since the Jayhawks joined the Big 12 Conference prior to the 1996 season.
Doeren has mentored the team's leading tackler -- linebacker Nick Reid -- each of the last two seasons. Reid and cornerback Charles Gordon both earned first-team all-conference selections last year, becoming the first KU teammates to be named first-team All-Big 12.
Doeren helped guide the University of Montana to the NCAA Division I-AA national championship in 2001 and served the 2000 and 2001 seasons at Montana as secondary coach. In addition, he also worked one year as recruiting coordinator for the Grizzlies. He coached seven all-conference defensive backs, including two All-America selections, while helping Montana to a combined 28-3 two-year record, two conference championships and one national title.
In winning the national championship in 2001, Montana finished the year with a 15-1 record. The Grizzlies were 13-2 in 2000 and lost in the national championship game.
Before his arrival at Montana, Doeren worked as a defensive graduate assistant for two seasons at Southern California. Working with the secondary, Doeren helped USC lead the nation in interceptions (1998). The Trojans led the NCAA in turnover margin and were second in interceptions in 1999.
Prior to his position at USC, Doeren served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Drake, from 1995-97. Doeren worked as linebackers coach (1995-97) and took over as defensive coordinator in 1997.
Doeren is no stranger to the state of Kansas. He initiated his coaching career in 1994 as wide receivers and defensive line coach at Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Northwest High School. A graduate of Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan., Doeren was a four-year letterman at Drake and earned Academic All-America honors during his college career.
Doeren and his wife, Sara, have two sons, Jacob and Luke.