On the heels of Brick Haley departing for Purdue, Minnesota is already finalizing a deal to hire Akron defensive line coach Winston DeLattiboudere as his replacement.
Minnesota is expected to hire Akron's Winston DeLattiboudere as defensive line coach, sources tell @on3sports.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 5, 2023
The 24-year old was a starting defensive lineman at Minnesota, who finished his college career in 2019. Prior to Akron, he was a GA at Oregon.https://t.co/FUPJMTa72g
That name should be familiar to Gopher fans, as DeLattiboudere played defensive end for Minnesota from 2015-19, including three seasons under head coach P.J. Fleck.
After graduating, he spent one season as a graduate assistant at Oregon. He was then hired as defensive line coach by Akron, earning the title of assistant head coach prior to this season.
This hire makes a lot of sense for Minnesota. Defensive line coach has been a revolving door under Fleck, and DeLattiboudere is a young and up-and-coming assistant with ties to the program and who already understands and fits the culture.
This is also a hire that should prove popular with the players: