The University of Oregon announced on Wednesday that former graduate assistant Erik Chinander will be the new outside linebackers coach for the Ducks.
Chinander, who was an assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season, previously spent three seasons (2010-12) at Oregon. Before joining the Ducks in 2010, he coached fullbacks and tight ends at Northern Iowa from 2004 through 2009.
Head coach Mark Helfrich praised Chinander in an official statement:
Erik is a proven coach and recruiter who also offers an injection of youth and enthusiasm into our defense. He brings with him a familiarity of what we want to do yet his experience at a number of different levels will provide us with a fresh perspective (GoDucks.com).
Chinander himself spoke about the new opportunity:
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and am excited to return to a program with a successful history and potential for further greatness as the University of Oregon. I’m anxious to contribute to the momentum that Coach Helfrich has provided in his short time as head coach and am looking forward to working with a defensive staff that is among the best in the country.