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Inge Named Defensive Line Coach

Mar 15, 2005

                BOULDER - University of Colorado football coach Gary Barnett really wanted Bill Inge to play for him when he was the head coach at Northwestern, but Inge opted for Iowa and went on to have a stellar career for the Hawkeyes.


                But some 13 years later, the two will finally be on the same sideline as on Tuesday, Barnett named Inge as CU's defensive line coach, filling a vacancy created two weeks ago when Chris Wilson returned to his alma mater, Oklahoma. 


                Inge, 31, comes to CU from the University of Northern Iowa, where he was the co-defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for the Panthers in 2004.  He first joined the UNI staff in 2001 as linebackers coach, and switched to the defensive line in 2003, the position he coached while serving in the dual role as coordinator for the first time last season.


Barnett first met Inge in 1992, when as then the first-year head coach at Northwestern tried to recruit him to play for the Wildcats.


 "I think William Inge is extremely bright and has been a tremendously effective coach in his short career to date," Barnett said.  "I've had a long relationship with him, I coached against him when I was at Northwestern, and have followed his career since he entered coaching.


                "He's got solid references, he's extremely organized, is a good recruiter and he will be a great addition to our staff.  We're excited to get him." 


                Inge lettered four times at Iowa (1993-96), and spent one year in the National Football League with the Tennessee Titans.  He returned to Iowa City in 1998, where he would spend the next three years as the Hawkeyes' recruiting coordinator.   He also had his first taste of coaching, working briefly as a graduate assistant.   He had extensive involvement in Iowa's athletic program, ranging from compliance and fundraising to chairing the minority enrichment committee.


                "Having the opportunity to work for the University of Colorado is an honor," Inge said.  "I know that coach Barnett is a very good man, and the institution and the athletic department have a very good mission, in particular an excellent student-athlete mission.  Understanding that, and with my personality really fitting in with those, it really made it very conducive to me wanting to be here."


Northern Iowa was 7-4 last year, winning its last six games in being ranked No. 25 in the final Division I-AA poll.   The Panthers allowed just 305 yards per game to rank 15th in the nation, and were 12th nationally in scoring defense (18.0).


He earned his bachelor's degree in Sport, Health, Leisure and Physical Studies in 1996, and took the opportunity after returning to Iowa to attain his master's in Athletic Administration in 1999.   As a player, he was a team co-captain his senior year, when he was an honorable mention All-Big 10 performer and a first-team Academic All-Big 10 member.


He started 31 games at Iowa, including 11 as a senior when he was part of a defensive unit that was among the Big 10 leaders.  That team recorded shutouts in two of its final three games, including a 27-0 win over Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl.  Inge posted 67 tackles as a senior, including 41 solo, 16 for losses and 10 quarterback sacks, along with forcing three fumbles and recovering two.  He was the team's defensive MVP against Michigan State and Ohio State, was selected the ESPN Player of the Game in a 31-0 win over Wisconsin and played in the 1997 Hula Bowl All-Star game.


For his Iowa career, he made 173 tackles, with 37 for losses and 24 sacks.  In addition, he earned two special awards from the coaches: the Appreciation Award for defense as a senior and the Hustle Award as a junior.  Iowa was 17-7 overall his junior and senior years, including the wins in the Sun and Alamo Bowls.


"Coach Inge has been a tremendous asset to the UNI football program," Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley said on the school's website.  "His loyalty and commitment towards excellence was demonstrated through the players he coached.  He has left his mark here at UNI by teaching a championship attitude daily and instilling the discipline, work ethic and techniques that helped our team to become the number one defense in the Gateway Conference and a NCAA playoff team."


(His last name is rhymes with hinge.)