What They Are Saying About Coach DeRuyter

    Dec. 14, 2011

    Jim Grobe • Wake Forest Head coach
    "Tim is a great coach, but he is an even better person. He's got a really great personality and I think all the Fresno State fans will really like Tim. He is a guy that is not just a good football coach, but a good recruiter, a good person and just somebody that everybody is going to embrace."

    "I think you got a good one in Tim. He played for me at the Air Force Academy and coached with me at Ohio University, and he is as good as it gets. He's got a lot of energy, it's going to be good. He'll put a good staff together and those guys will go recruit the right players. I think you hit a home run with him."

    Bill Byrne • Texas A&M Director of Athletics
    "I think Fresno State is very lucky to have Tim DeRuyter as their head football coach. Tim is a man of great integrity, a real leader and a wonderful family man. He is also a terrific football coach. I think he is going to do a terrific job at Fresno State."

    Cary Groth • Nevada Director of Athletics
    "Tim DeRuyter is an excellent choice to be the next head coach at Fresno State. He is one of the top defensive minds in college football and was an integral part in helping to build our program here at Nevada. I have watched Tim's career for the past 10 years, and he will make a very impressive head coach. Congratulations to Thomas Boeh because Fresno State could not be getting a better coach and person to lead its program."

    Dr. Hans Mueh • Air Force Academy Director of Athletics
    "I was delighted the hear that Fresno State has selected Tim DeRuyter as their new head coach. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for Tim's leadership and ability. It was difficult to see him leave Air Force after the tremendous impact he had on our program, but our loss was certainly Texas A&M's and Fresno State's gain. He brings a level of integrity to the game and to the NCAA that is sorely needed at this stage of the country's athletic history. I wish him continued success in every game except Air Force vs Fresno State! I'm very proud of all Tim has accomplished and know that he will bring Fresno State to new levels of excellence in football."

    Von Miller • Denver Broncos Linebacker
    "With Coach DeRuyter, the most important thing for me was that he worked with me. He never got frustrated or never got upset. He always knew the type of player I was and he just helped me. Whenever you got a guy like that that is very hands-on, it gives kids an excellent chance of being not only a great football player, but a great man."

    "He was huge," Miller said when asked how instrumental DeRuyter was in him during the 2010 season when he won the Butkus Award. "He brought a defense that was perfect for me. He put me in great situations to make plays with my teammates and he really taught me to play the way that I am playing now. He always preached fanatical effort and relentless pursuit and that's what made me the player I am today. Just being relentless and being fanatical to the ball, don't ever give up on the ball, play whistle-to-whistle, and if you can do that good things happen for you. That's what happened for me last year and that's why I am able to have the success that I am having this year. I just play with a relentless pursuit and a fanatical effort to the ball. He preaches it and it really does work."

    Mike Sherman • Former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M Head Coach
    "I like his aggressive, attacking style of defense. He has a great history of success and has shown great ability to teach and to lead young men."

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