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Last updated on June 29, 2015
In three seasons as the head coach at Fresno State, Tim DeRuyter has elevated the program back to heights not seen in over a decade and led a resurgence in the Bulldogs, who are the pride of the San Joaquin Valley.
DeRuyter (pronounced da-ROOT-er) took over a team that went 4-9 the year before he arrived and turned the tables by leading Fresno State to back-to-back Mountain West championships, back into the top 25 rankings in 2013 and turned the Bulldogs into one of the elite programs in the Mountain West by winning conference championships in 2012 and 2013, and capturing the league's west division title in 2014. Before the DeRuyter era launched, Fresno State had not won a conference championship since 1999 - a drought of 13 years -- and hadn't won consecutive league titles since 1992 and 1993.
From the day he was hired as Fresno State's 17th head coach in program history on Dec. 14, 2011, DeRuyter proclaimed two things; winning conference championships would be the team's No. 1 goal and his squads would embody the mantra "fast, physical and fanatical," an up-tempo and exciting style of play that would captivate the Red Wave, Fresno State's loyal fan base.
DeRuyter delivered on his promise and in return Fresno State rewarded him with a five-year contract extension after the 2013 season.
In his first year with the new deal, DeRuyter led a young Bulldog squad that accomplished a feat no other team in program history had before. After a challenging non-conference schedule, one that started against three Power-5 teams that were all ranked in the top 25 during the 2014 season, Fresno State found itself winless after three games. No other Bulldog team in school history had rebounded to win six games and get bowl eligible until DeRuyter's `Dogs did so in 2014. Since 1980, there had been 496 total FBS teams that started 0-3 and the 2014 Bulldogs became just the 21st of that group to make a bowl, playing in the Hawai`i Bowl for the second time in three years.
The prior year was a banner season for the Bulldogs, one in which they were in the national spotlight. Fresno State went 11-2, won the inaugural Mountain West Championship game and earned a berth in the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. DeRuyter's 2013 Bulldog squad matched the school record for wins in a season, were ranked as high as No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and closed out the Bowl Championship Series era ranked No. 20 in the final BCS standings, the highest of any non-automatic qualifying/BCS conference team that year.
Fresno State led the Mountain West in attendance in 2013 and 2014. The Bulldogs have also set records for merchandise sold, as DeRuyter's success and futuristic vision of the program more than satisfied the cravings of the Red Wave.
In DeRuyter's first season at Fresno State the Bulldogs went 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain West to share the league title with San Diego State and Boise State and gain a berth in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. The five-game improvement in the win column from the year before he took over to after his first season marked the sixth best turnaround in the FBS in 2012.
The Bulldogs have gone 19-5 in three seasons in Mountain West play under DeRuyter and are 26-14 overall.
There have been six players drafted that all played under DeRuyter at Fresno State, including second-round picks Derek Carr (Oakland) and Davante Adams (Green Bay) who both started as rookies in 2014. Those are two of the four All-Americans he has coached at Fresno State in his three years.
Safety Phillip Thomas in 2012 became the school's first-ever unanimous All-American and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award after leading the nation in interceptions. Thomas went on to be a fourth round draft pick of the Washington Redskins and started games for them towards the end of the 2014 season.
DeRuyter came to Fresno State with 22 years of coaching experience. He took over the Bulldog program after serving the previous two seasons as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. There, he also served as the interim head coach for the Aggies in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Northwestern on Dec. 31, 2011, leading A&M to a 33-22 victory.
DeRuyter hails from a pair of Hall of Fame coaches, as he was mentored by Fisher DeBerry at Air Force and by Chris Ault at Nevada. DeRuyter was a 2010 nominee for the Broyles Award that honors the nation's top assistant coach, when he was working under former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman at Texas A&M.
In DeRuyter's two seasons with Texas A&M, he did what he has consistently accomplished throughout his career - developed defensive units that are among the best in the nation.
DeRuyter made an immediate impact during his first season in Aggieland as the 2010 squad improved fifty spots in the national rankings for total defense, rising to No. 55 in the country as the resurrected Wrecking Crew helped lead A&M to the Cotton Bowl.
Highlighting a long list of players who excelled under DeRuyter's scheme was Von Miller, who in addition to earning All-American honors was awarded the 2010 Butkus Award given annually to the nation's most outstanding linebacker. Miller went on to become the second overall pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft.
In 2011, Texas A&M led the nation with 51 sacks and the Aggies were second in the Big 12 by only allowing 106.0 rushing yards per game.
Before coaching the Aggie defense, DeRuyter spent three years as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at his alma mater, Air Force. He also held the title of associate coach in 2008 and 2009.
This will be DeRuyter 13th bowl game of his coaching career, including one in each of the past seven seasons, and as an outside linebacker at Air Force in the early `80s, he led the Falcons to three-straight bowl victories.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., DeRuyter was born on Jan. 3, 1963 and graduated from St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.) in 1981. He holds a bachelor's degree in management from Air Force (1985) and a MBA in market strategy from Regis University (1992).
Upon his graduation from the Air Force Academy, he served seven-and-a-half years of active duty in the Air Force.
DeRuyter and his wife, Kara, have a son, Jake, a recent graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a daughter, Christina, a junior at Texas A&M.
|Hometown||Long Beach, Calif.|
|Date of Birth||Jan. 3, 1963|
|Education|| St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif. (1981)
Air Force: B.A. in Management (1985)
Regis University: MBA in Market Strategy (1992)
|Playing History||OLB at Air Force (1982-84)|
Children: Jake and Christina
|Dec. 14, 2011-Pres.: Fresno State (Head Coach)
2010-11: Texas A&M (Asst. Head Coach/Def. Coordinator)
2008-09: Air Force Academy (Assoc. Coach/Def. Coor./Safeties)
2007: Air Force Academy (Def. Coor./Safeties)
2005-06: Nevada (Co-Def. Coor./Safeties & Pass Defense)
2002-04: Ohio (Def. Coor./Secondary)
-1999-00: Defensive Coordinator
1995-98: Ohio (Def. Coord./Secondary)
1989-92: Air Force (JV/Varsity Asst)
Has coached in 15 Bowl Games.|
QB Derek Carr and WR Davante Adams were both second round draft picks in 2014, marking the first time since 1990 that Fresno State has had two players selected in the second round or higher in the NFL Draft.
2013: Led Fresno State to an 11-2 record, tying for the most wins in school history. The Bulldogs also won the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
2012: SS Phillip Thomas becomes first unanimous All-American in Fresno State history & was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
2011 Texas A&M defense led the nation in sacks (43).
2010 nominee for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach.
Coached Von Miller, the 2010 winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Miller was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
2010 Aggie defense only allowed 21.9 ppg after it ranked No. 105 in the FBS by allowing 33.5 ppg the year before he took over.
2009 Air Force defense was 11th in the NCAA in total defense & 5th in passing defense.
2009 Air Force defense ranked 5th nationally in turnovers forced.
Improved Ohio defense that ranked 99th in the FBS in 2001 before he arrived and to a No. 22 national ranking in total defense in his last season there.
Coached under Hall of Fame Coaches Fisher DeBerry (Air Force) and Chris Ault (Nevada).
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