January 24, 1957 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Bowling Green (DB/ST)
San Diego St. (DB/ST)
Kent St. (DB)
Kent St. (DC/DB)
Houston Texans (DB)
Chicago Bears (DB)
South Carolina (Co-DC)
Jon Hoke (born January 24, 1957) is an American football coach. Hoke is the Co-Defensive Coordinator (Passing Game) for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team alongside Lorenzo Ward (Run Game). 
Hoke played high school football at Fairmont East High School in Kettering, Ohio. He then attended Ball State University, where he played defensive back on the football team. Hoke was a 2-time all-MAC selection and his team earned league titles in 1976 and 1978.
College coaching career
Hoke embarked on a coaching career in 1982, and ultimately coached in the college ranks for 19 seasons. As a secondary coach, he served at Dayton, North Carolina State, and Bowling Green. Hoke was hired by head coach Denny Stolz at BGSU, and then followed him when he was hired at San Diego State. After Stolz's dismissal at SDSU, Hoke went Kent State, Missouri, and Florida.
He served as defensive coordinator for Kent State in 1993 and Florida from 1999-2001. At Florida, Hoke replaced friend Bob Stoops, who had left to become the head coach at Oklahoma. Hoke and Stoops had served on the same Kent State staff in 1989 under Dick Crum, and Stoops recommended Hoke as his successor. Hoke left Florida when Gators head coach Steve Spurrier took the head coaching job with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.
NFL coaching career
Hoke joined the Chicago Bears as defensive backs coach under head coach Lovie Smith in 2009, taking over for Steven Wilks. In 2012, the Minnesota Vikings asked the Bears for permission to interview Hoke for their vacant defensive coordinator position, but were denied.
On January 21, 2015, the Bears announced that Ed Donatell had been hired as the defensive backs coach under new head coach John Fox. Hoke was informed, by the Bears, that his contract would not be optioned and he would not be asked to return.
Return to college coaching
On February 4, 2015, it was reported that Hoke had agreed to function in a defensive coaching capacity (to be named later) at South Carolina, reuniting him with head coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier had been interested in bringing Hoke aboard ever since the season ended, and Hoke turned down a handful of NFL opportunities to rejoin Spurrier in the college game. Sources told ESPN.com that Hoke's salary will be somewhere in the $750,000 range annually.
Hoke and his wife, Jody, have four children: Mallory, Kyle, and twins Kendall and Carly. Kyle Hoke played college football for his uncle Brady at Ball State and served as a graduate assistant coach for the Western Michigan Broncos football team. He currently serves as a quality control coach for the Army Black Knights football team.
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- "UF's Hoke under fire after poor defensive efforts". StAugustine.com. 2000-10-06. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- CARLTON THOMPSON, Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle (2004-12-03). "Texans assistant Hoke turns down Spurrier's offer - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "Texans | Kubiak will retain Hoke - NFL Hot off the Wire". Kffl.com. 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "Hoke excited to join Bears as DBs coach". Chicagobears.com. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "Hoke Named Head Coach, Introduced at Press Conference - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Mgoblue.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
|Florida Gators Defensive Coordinator
|Chicago Bears Defensive Backs Coach